Gerald Darmon

Gerald Darmon

Manchester, GB



I have more than 8 years experience in architecture in the UK and in France using knowledge of various architectural practices.

I have been responsible for all phases of project planning, design and construction from initial draft concept to details specification.
My ambition has always been to improve with each project the interface between the concept design and planning, the construction technology, building materials and equipments, to carry out necessary responsibilities pertaining to clients’ projects.
I can manage the workload within the team using personal initiative to solve problems with efficiency.

I like my work as an architect. It is a way of life, a great job when it's about meeting new people and experiences within the construction economy. You are more like an interface between the elements, it's all about the ways to communicate our ideas to everyone.



Fairhurst Design Group, Manchester, GB, Project Architect

Apex Laboratories & Offices Development (Liverpool)

Time on project: 2 years (Stage A to Stage L) – Traditional contract
Project value: Phase 1 (completed October 2011) is £15M and phase 2 (still outstanding at this stage) will be £25 M
Area: 18,000sqm
Project due to finish in October 2011
Lead designer from internal concept design to the facade and landscape according to the budget and in consultation with the manufactures. Developing presentational material to support client and wider consultations. Liaising with local authority regarding statutory consents & approvals.
I was responsible for planning application, tender documents and contract documents, and also for BREAM assessment and managing information for the team.
Since July 2010, regular visits and site meetings to ensure the coordination on the external envelope and internal details along with the contractors and clients. Monthly site meeting preparation and minutes. Responsible for details execution and successful coordination between subcontractors and engineers on site and pre-site.

Hulme Hall, 105 student accommodation flats refurbishment and equipement (Manchester University)

Project Architect
Time on project: 7 months (Stage A to Stage L) – Traditional contract
Project due to finish mid October 2011
Contract value: £1.5M
Presentation and briefing consultation stage with clients. Design and led full tender drawings.
Assessing and improving the project’s achievements over a very short term. Established a full coordination with consultants and local authorities. Weekly site meetings preparation and minutes.

Middleton School Technology (Manchester)

Lead designer.
Time on project: 2 years (Stage A to Stage L) – Traditional contract
Project value: £3.5M
Area: 5,000sqm
I was responsible for the feasibility study to support site appraisal processes. I developed the concept following the BREAM criteria. Developing presentational material to support client’s reviews, developing design according to client’s wishes and construction details for planning and tender application. Handover in April 2008. Lead designer for external envelope and landscape and internal details during site construction. I was involved in all site and client meetings. Full coordination with consultants and local authorities. Weekly site meetings and minutes.

Laboratories & Offices in Stevenage

Time on project: 4 months (Stage A to Stage C) – Design-Build contractor
Project value: £20M
Total area includes 2 buildings:
-Incubator & hub building area: 5,017sqm
-Accelerator Building area: 4,069sqm
Design of schemes from concept to planning application.
I was responsible for the presentation of the concept to the client. I attended regular design team meetings.

Le Mortier (France)

Project architect
Time on project: 8 months (Stage A to Stage C)
Project value: £20M
Area: 7 hectares
Carrying out feasibility study for an ecological master plan for a tourist centre and residential programme including a hotel, 950 flats and facilities (golf, spa, sport facilities,...) on 7 hectares with a maximum capacity of 3000 people. Castle refurbishment.
Management and design in coordination with the client, the French authority and engineers based in Tours.

Zac Thiers (Lyon, France)

Lead designer
Time on project: 2 months (Competition)
Project value: £7M
Area: 2100sqm
Competition for offices for the Credit Agricole Immobilier, taking into account the French BREAM assessment
Led full concept design, meeting with clients and presentation to the jury.

BBC, Salford Quays (Manchester)

Time on project: 3 months (Stage A to Stage B)
Project value: £40M
Area: 10.8 hectares
Master planning Design process for a competition including and the Headquarter for the BBC, and their radio and TV Studios, hotel (10,514sqm), offices and residential development.

Nov 2005 - Nov 2011

Foulkes Architect, Manchester, GB, Architect

Cine City (Manchester)
Time on project: 3 months (Stage A to Stage C)
Project value: £1M
Area: 1500sqm
Led full design planning application, responsible for the facade and flats. The project is a 5 storey mixed development including 17 apartments on 4 upper floors with integrated car park.

Eversley, Dunham Road (Altrincham)
Time on project: 6 months (Stage A to Stage E)
Refurbishment and extension of an old mansion converted into 9 luxurious flats

Ordsall Lane (Salford, Manchester)
Time on project: 6 months (Stage A to Stage C)
Project value: £18M
Developing the design and production of sketched and CAD drawings. Liaise with local authorities regarding statutory consents and approvals. Planning application for mixed development including 2 buildings and creation of a public space.
Site survey and full drawing production for 170 apartments.

Holyhead (Wales)
Time on project: 4 months (Stage A to Stage B)
Project value: non communicated
Area: 1 hectare
Carrying out feasibility studies for a residential development in a marina.
Liaising with the university to evaluate the impact of the project on the marine life. Involved in all meetings with the authorities and the client.

Jun 2004 - Nov 2005

Axe Architecte, Paris, FR, Architect

Staff Architect
Tri Lista Duvana (Belgrade) – Pilot study and planning application for an office building
Brides-les-Bains (France) – Extension and interior design of thermal baths, tender application (APS, APD and DCE,) and planning application
Mauritius – Pilot study for a tourist / residential complex with a golf course of 80 hectares

Mar 2002 - Aug 2003


Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, Paris,FR, Masters, DPLG Architecture

DPLG Architecture, La Villette, Paris, equivalent of Part 3 architecture.

Sep 1999 - Jul 2002

Ecole d'architecture, Marseille, FR, Defa Architecture

DEFA (Diploma of Higher Education): Architecture, Marseille

Sep 1997 - Jun 1999

Universite de Toulouse le Mirail, Toulouse,FR, Art History

DEUG (Diploma of Higher Education,): Art History, Toulouse

Sep 1995 - Jun 1997


no, 1st Place