Welcome to Spence & Dower

If the architectural press is full of the clamour of competing and ‘self-conscious innovation’ – we are not there. All design is by its nature exploratory and must search for a balance between enabling a building to work and ordering its form to please. Our aim is that good quality design should shine through the patient satisfaction of this balance and give delight to owners, other users and those who pass by. All our projects relate to the specific sites and environments to which they belong.

As Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants our interests are broad ranging but we consider ourselves specialists in a full range of historic building work, contemporary design, particularly within sensitive locations, masterplanning and community based building projects.

Find out more about our architectural services

Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Residential. View Earls Dene – an extension to a Victorian house

Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Conservation & Restoration > Twentieth Century. Also found under Historic Recording & Research. View Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Spanish City

Felton Park Glasshouse Northumberland

Conservation & Restoration > Heritage. View Felton Park Glasshouse Northumberland

West Oak Farm Broomley, Northumberland

New Build & Alteration > Commercial. View West Oak Farm Broomley, Northumberland

Broomley Farmstead

Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

> Community Based Projects. Also found under Options Appraisals. View Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

Outchester Ducket

> Environmental Design. View Outchester Ducket

Outchester Ducket

Though I started my working life in London my family roots are here in the North-East – ‘this corner of the earth has a smile for me above all other places.’ Returning to join the practice in 1974, I have tried to develop an understanding of the region’s traditional built environment, particularly of it’s rural communities as a context for a contemporary design response. Repeated commissions and recommendation seem to suggest a reputation for continuing quality output.

Robin Dower, Partner

Our History

We believe in encouraging clients and all those involved in the building process to enjoy working together to a successful common end. Find out more

Meet The Team

We encompass a number of interests and specialisms which allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. It’s this variety which generates the carefully considered architecture that our clients value so highly. Meet the team