Kim said: ‘I was honoured when RIBA South West approached me and asked me to be part of their mentoring scheme. I’m very committed to supporting talented young architects.’
The students are David Johnsey, Waldo Olwage, Matthew Feitelberg and Olimpia Tinari, two architecture and two architecture and engineering students. Three of them have already visited several buildings that Angel Architecture has worked on, including the former chapel at West Bay, now a visitor centre.
David said: ‘I found the intervention at West Bay Chapel particularly interesting. The oak frame insert at the entrance to the chapel and the delicate steel ties that span the width of the building compliment the original structure that Kim has sympathetically restored to reflect what was originally there. It was intriguing to see the two different approaches that Kim has taken to regenerate the building and fantastic to see such a great response from the building’s new occupants.’
Angel Architecture is the only RIBA Chartered Practice in the area to specialise wholly in old and listed buildings, and those in historic settings. Kim founded the practice in 2014, having spent 30 years working with old buildings in the UK and abroad. For almost ten years she was Head of Design and Conservation at West Dorset District Council.
As principal architect at Angel, Kim provides planning advice, expertise in the repair, alteration, extension and conservation of private houses, commercial premises and community projects across Devon, Dorset and Somerset.