OMI Architects

OMI Architects has been around since1993 and the firm is one of the leading design-led practices in the North West. Architect Directors, Nick Berry and Andy James head up the practice’s 19 strong team of architects and graduates, all of whom are based in the former ‘Manchester Baths’, a RIBA Award-winning conversion of a Victorian swimming pool, where OMI has created a number of studios for the creative industries.

The quality of work has been recognised with a series of awards for design excellence including 12 national and regional RIBA Awards. OMI is known for a broad range of work including residential, museums and galleries, offices, churches, education, hotels, leisure, community and public buildings, many of which are within sensitive historic settings. In addition to its architecture output, the practice undertakes Feasibility Studies, Masterplanning, Interior Architecture, Design Guides, Graphics and Community Consultation.

The residential work ranges from large-scale city centre apartment schemes to affordable housing in some of the region’s most challenging communities. OMI has also developed expertise in specialist care provision for adults with complex needs. To date, OMI has built over 4000 homes and its recently completed Manchester apartment schemes in Greengate and Wilburn Wharf are now making their mark on the City’s skyline.

OMI’s work includes complex heritage schemes which involve some of the region’s most important Grade I and Grade II* Listed buildings, including All Souls, Bolton, which was named as RICS North West Building of the year in 2015.

When working with existing buildings, OMI achieve harmony and balance between the new and the old, injecting life into what are often tired structures that have lost their way. OMI combine a real sense of interaction, delight and fun, whilst still respecting the dignity of the buildings and places that they engage with.

In all its work OMI seek out the ingredients that make the difference between a successful building or place that has spirit and life and one that suffers from being soulless and alien to the people that use it.

2019
OMI Architects
Insider NW Residential Architect of the Year
Winner
Warehaus Ancoats
Insider NW Small Apartment Development of the Year (less than 100 units)
Winner
Brick Awards Medium Housing Development
Shortlisted
Mustard Tree
RIBA North West Award
Winner
RICS North West Community Benefit Award
Winner
RIBA MacEwen Award
Winner
Baker Place
Insider NW Small Apartment Development of the Year (less than 100 units)
Shortlisted
LABC NW Building Excellence Awards - Best High Volume New Housing Development
Shortlisted
LABC NW Building Excellence Awards - Best Inclusive Building
Shortlisted
Brick Awards Medium Housing Development
Shortlisted
Inside Housing Development Awards
Shortlisted
Rochdale Borough Design Awards
Shortlisted
2018
Civic Trust Awards
Regional Finalist
BCO Awards - Refurbished/Recycled Workplace
Shortlisted
2017
Lincoln Good Design Outstanding Project Award
Winner
Lincoln Good Design Best Commercial Project Award
Winner
Insider NW Urban Residential and PRS Development of the Year
Winner
OMI Architects
Insider NW Residential Architect of the Year
Shortlisted
2016
Phil O'Dwyer
Manchester Society of Architects Fellowship Award
Winner
2015
Civic Voice Conservation Award
Winner
RICS North West Project of the Year
Winner
RICS North West Community Award
Winner
RICS North West Design Through Innovation Award
Winner
RICS North West Conservation Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Client Legacy Award
Winner
Civic Trust Regional Award
Winner
Architects' Journal Retrofit Award
Shortlisted
National Churches Trust Award
Shortlisted
Civic Trust Award
Shortlisted
RIBA North West Award
Shortlisted
Manchester Society of Architects Built Residential Scheme Award
Winner
RIBA Wales Award
Shortlisted
2014
Civic Trust Award
Commendation
BALI National Landscape Restoration & Regeneration Awards
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Conservation Award
Winner
2013
RIBA North West Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
Housing Design Award
Winner
RIBA East Midlands Award
Shortlisted
2012
First Time Buyer Magazine Best Small Development Award
Winner
Bridge of Discovery - Architects' Journal Small Projects
Commendation
2011
RIBA Award
Winner
2010
RIBA Regional Award
Winner
RIBA East Midlands Low Carbon Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
CABE Building for Life
Gold Standard
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2009
Manchester Evening News Property Awards Best Apartment of the Year
Winner
2007
Housing Design Award
Winner
2005
RIBA Award
Winner
2004
RIBA Inclusive Design Award
Shortlisted
British Council for Offices Award
Winner
2003
RIBA Award
Winner
RIBA White Rose Design Award
Winner
Roses Design Award
Winner
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2001
Roses Design Awards
Commendation
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
2000
Civic Trust Awards
Mention
Manchester Society of Architects Award
Winner
1999
1998
RIBA Award
Winner
1995
RIBA Housing Design Award
Winner
1994
RIBA Housing Design Award
Winner
OMI Architects

Adam Gray

Senior Associate Architect

VCard

Ben Carter

Part I Architectural Assistant

VCard

Andy James

Director

VCard

Sally Davis

Admin

VCard

Karissa Tysklind

Part II Architectural Assistant

VCard

Stuart McGrath

Associate Architect

VCard

Ollie Radcliffe

Part I Architectural Assistant

VCard

Aaron Coey

Associate Architect, Graphics & Communications

VCard

Philip Etchells

Associate Architect

VCard

Nick Berry

Director

VCard

Heather Davis

Office Manager

VCard

Flora Hodson

Designer

VCard

Jonathan Woodward

Architect

VCard

Rob Paton

Architect

VCard

Scott Chenery

Architect

VCard

Hugh Gibbs

Part II Architectural Assistant

VCard

Chris Wells

Architect

VCard

Finn Reece-Thomas

Part I Architectural Assistant

VCard

Connor Forecast

Designer

VCard

Kathryn Valentine

Architect

VCard
OMI Job

Opportunities with OMI

We currently have a vacancy for Part II and Part III recently qualified architects.

 

The studio is an attractive and supportive working environment providing excellent opportunities for professional advancement. The practice is Mac-based using Vectorworks software.

We are an equal opportunities employer and committed to a policy of treating all its employees and applicants equally.

To Apply

Please email: info@omiarchitects.com attaching your CV and examples of your work.

OMI Architects

Metro Property [04.2019]

RIBA Journal [02.2019]

Mustard Tree

Loft [02.2018]

Loft [02.2017]

New Design For Old Buildings [01.2017]

All Souls Bolton

Vist Manchester [06.2015]

All Souls Bolton

SPAB [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

RIBA Journal [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

Architecture Today [01.2015]

All Souls Bolton

PRS [2015]

One Greengate

AJ Specification [11.2014]

2 Commercial Street

Architecture Today [08.2013]

Blackshale & Silverstone House

Architects' Journal - RIBA Awards [2011]

Creswell Crags Museum

AJ Small Projects [2010]

Creswell Crags Museum

Grand Designs Handbook [2006]

Private House

City Life [06.2005]

OMI Studio

Architects' Journal - RIBA Awards [2005]

OMI Studio

Architects' Journal [09.2004]

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Prospect [09.2003]

Private House

Architects' Journal [04.2001]

The National Football Museum

Church Building [02/03.2000]

Fourth Church of Christ Scientist

Manchester: Pevsner City Guide [2000]

Fourth Church of Christ Scientist

Manchester: A Guide to Recent Architecture

RIBA Book of 20th Century British Housing

Boundary Lane

New Architects [1998]

Boundary Lane

RIBA Journal [02.1996]

Boundary Lane

Museums Journal [04.1995]

Architects' Journal [08.1994]

Architects' Journal [04.1994]

Boundary Lane