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Des Ewing

As the youngest architect at the practice, he decided to leave and set up on his own. Bringing his personal designs to clients, he convinced them that he could build them too and embarked on a journey of a man with many roles. Taking on everything from quantity surveying, labouring, driving diggers and ordering materials to arranging plasterers and bricklayers, Des underwent a trial by fire and quickly learnt his strengths, as well as the ins and outs of what it takes to design and build a house.

He is now Principle Architect at his own practice; Des Ewing Residential Architects and ‘Head Judge’, alongside Laurence Llewelyn Bowen, on BBC ONE NI’s ‘House of the Year’. Des loves to design beautiful houses and has developed a distinctive contemporary, classical style. He stands by the importance of trusting your gut and going by your instinct. “Don’t be too cautious. Do it, and then learn from it.”