About Skin architects

Skin Architects was established as a creatively minded architects practice based in Reigate, Surrey. Our aim is to deliver well considered personalised designs so the buildings we inhabit can work better for modern lifestyles while enhancing our experience of living and working in them. 

   

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See below for some answers to commonly asked questions to learn more

What experience do you have?

Skin Architects was founded by Chartered Architect Tim Lee who has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is a UK registered Architect and a member of the RIBA.

​In 2018 Tim became Chair of the Reigate Society's Architecture and Planning Committee concerned with local planning and architectural issues as well as commenting on local planning applications.

Tim has worked on large scale residential, commercial, education and MOD projects as well as one off new build houses and extensions and alterations to existing houses.

 

He holds a BSc degree in construction management from Nottingham Trent University. He completed his BA degree in architecture at Lincoln school of architecture and his post graduate diploma at Greenwich University, before completing his studies with a Certificate in Professional Practice and Management at The Bartlett in London.

Tim is a dad of two boys and enjoys playing and watching most sports including football, hockey and golf. He also plays the guitar and has a strong interest in history and art.

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Tim Lee

BA (Hons) Dip Arch ARB RIBA​

What is your approach 

to projects?

First and foremost we will listen to our prospective clients in order to learn as much as we can about their aspirations for the project and what they expect us to deliver for them whether that is a partial or a full architectural service. We also gather as much information as we can about the site and advise on any restraints or opportunities we may see.

 

Based on this information we can form a detailed brief which, once appointed forms the narrative all the way through the project so we can successfully deliver and realise the aspirations held at the start.

Skin Architects brings creative ideas, great design, planning, construction knowledge and technical experience to all of our work.

Our studio in Reigate, Surrey allows us to cover a considerable area up to South London to the North and Sussex to the South.

For more information on the process and our range of services, see our

process page

Why are you called Skin Architects?

Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hundertwasser, (December 15, 1928 – February 19, 2000), was an Austrian-born New Zealand artist and architect whose ink drawing of 1998 (left) reflects his long standing philosophy regarding human being's five layers of skin.  His structuring of these layers gave poignant clarity to his messages of social and environmental justice.

The first layer is our physical skin (epidermis), followed by our clothing, house, social identity and the earth. Hundertwasser continuously made specific references to the layers in his art and manifestos.  He stripped himself of his second skin (clothing) in order to give a radical nude speech on the third skin (architecture) in 1967.

While architecture is labelled the third skin, it could be argued that good architecture and well designed spaces can and should have an intrinsic affect on the other skins in this structure. Good architecture can keep us warm and sheltered as well as have an affect on our identity, family and social life and of course the environment.  

Friedensreich Hundertwasser

The Five Skins of Man, 1998

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1 - Epidermis / skin

2 - Clothes

3 - Architecture - shelter, identity

4 - Identity - family, friends,  neighbourhood

5 - Earth - environment, ecology