James (Josh) McCosh
Chris joined vHH in 1997, was appointed a Director in 1999 and a Partner in 2006. He became a Consultant to the practice in 2017. ‘I’ve always been interested in making things and in design generally, not just buildings. As a child I was interested in vehicles and how they went together. I’ve always liked seeing the fruits of my labours.’ He was born in Malawi and spent his childhood there, and in Hampshire.
After graduating Chris joined a
large practice but found the scale of the projects, and the time they took to
realise, dispiriting and uncreative. He contemplated leaving architecture
altogether, until he heard that vHH were recruiting and was attracted by the
idea of working for a smaller practice with a more collaborative ethos. ‘I have
always valued the importance of working as a team, a collaborative effort not
just within the office but also with the client and contractors. Projects are
successful because of the team effort.’
His passion for the effect of construction on the environment can be seen in his work for the Essex Wildlife Trust on a landfill site near Tilbury, and at Rainham Marshes, with a purpose designed bird-hide for the RSPB, as well as in visitor centre projects for the National Trust, such as the award winning Sutton Hoo project.
Chris has also designed many
education buildings for clients including Latymer, Alleyn’s and Oundle Schools and
Enfield College. He always encourages clients, particularly of
school campuses, to focus on the long term development of sites. He was appointed to CABE’s
Schools Design Review panel between 2008 and 2010, during which time he
reviewed many of the Building Schools for the Future projects.