Roger Downing architect / director

Roger J. Downing Dip. Arch. A.R.I.B.A. ARB. Registration # 043939H RIBA #2616187

Professional Offices
1969 – Roger Downing & Partner Company Limited Tortola BVI
1966 – 1969 – Kaufman Associates Bermuda
1962 – 1966 – Tripe & Wakeham London UK

Roger Downing was born in south east England where he qualified and worked as an Architect.

Originally working in London his desire to work overseas took him further afield to the Middle East. In Abu Dhabi, Doha and Bahrain he was involved in the construction of major banks. After several years, Roger's desire to travel took him to Bermuda. Whilst working there, he met his future business partner, Miles Outerbridge.

In 1969, Miles and Roger, sharing the love for the ocean and adventure, sailed from Bermuda to the British Virgin Islands to investigate the possibility of opening up a company. Their mission proved to be successful and Roger, three months later, found himself setting up an Architectural/Engineering business on the island of Tortola.

The first years were hard with living facilities rather primitive and work scarce, however, perseverance and determination succeeded and in the 80's business picked up and a building boom began. Roger was extremely busy and it was hard to keep up with demand.

His practice has grown rapidly. He designed and owns the offices where the firm comfortably works on Main Street, a prominent position in Road Town. The staff includes Architects, Technicians and an Interior Designer. His son, Thor has followed in his footsteps deciding on Architecture as a career, qualified in England and returned to the islands to join his father's business.

Roger, when summing up his architectural philosophy, which he stands by today, is that he considers himself as the Interpreter and Translator for the architectural solution to his client's wishes. This he does at the initial meeting when he makes himself acutely aware of his client's specific requirements.

He is a believer in using natural/organic materials, such as local stone and rough sawn timber in his designs, which offers a rustic look with low maintenance results. This has been demonstrated and proven to be successful with many large resorts that share his beliefs and themes when selecting him as their Architect.


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