People

  • harris-collie

    Harris Collie AA Dipl RIBA

    Architect/Director

    Born in Kenya, Harris studied at the prestigious Architectural Association where his tutors were Peter Cook and Ron Herron. After graduating, he worked in numerous locations around the world, including Australia, America and Africa, before founding what was then Barnes & Collie in Jersey with his Architectural Association student colleague Jeremy.

    A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Association of Jersey Architects, he has enjoyed an expansive career during which he has encountered just about every kind of building.

    He holds particular interest in commercial projects and has worked with a number of States' departments, developers and private clients.

    One of his favourite memories over the past twenty years at the practice is winning the Haute Vallée Secondary School competition, an early milestone for what was then a fledgling business. And he has seen architectural design develop over the years from a desire to clad everything with Jersey granite to some fine contemporary designs, which he believes are as good as anything found in Europe.

    Harris' dream project would be to redevelop Snow Hill and Fort Regent, creating a multi-storey car park at the former with a covered retail link to King Street and housing over the top. Given the right attention, he believes the fort could be popular, accessible and attractive – a restaurant alone would have stunning views over St Helier.

    Outside work, Harris is a keen sailor and skier. He is also a self-confessed Francophile and spends most of his holiday time in Brittany.

  • jeremy-barnes

    Jeremy Barnes AA Dipl (Hons) RIBA

    Architect/Director

    One of the founding members of the company, Jeremy studied at Canterbury School of Architecture and finished his studies at the respected Architectural Association. He is an experienced architect with considerable knowledge of all aspects of the process of creating a design and making it a reality.

    A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Association of Jersey Architects, he has worked on all types of buildings, in particular historic ones, and has a passion for fine design and sustainable values. He is a founder member of the Jersey Environment Forum and has a wealth of knowledge about eco-sensitive buildings.

    Jeremy was drawn to a career as an architect from a childhood fascination for the way people live in different cultures and how they adapt to their environment. In Jersey, he has seen architecture change dramatically over the past twenty years, from a situation where the planning regime insisted architects look to the past to one where buildings are mostly "of their own time" and he views this as a positive move.

    His favourite work over the years includes the Belle Vue housing project, Morier House and a number of private houses. These have all been projects that allowed him to push ideas to extremes, he says, and involved clients who at the end of the job felt as if the buildings had always been there.

    His favourite buildings in Jersey range from those with a palpable sense of history, such as Faldouet Dolmen and the Royal Square, to the hustle and bustle of the Central Market. But Church House by Taylor Leapingwell, which demonstrates its kinship with the Town Church in a modern expression of gothic architecture, tops the list.

    A lifelong dinghy sailor, Jeremy is currently Commodore of the St Catherine Sailing Club.

  • dale-fischer

    Dale Fischer Bsc (Hons) Architectural Technology

    Architectural Technologist/Director

    Originally from South Africa, Dale arrived in Jersey thirteen years ago as part of a working holiday, fell in love with the island and never left.

    Having studied Art and Technical Drawing, the foundations had been laid for a career in architecture and after initially working in a bank, Dale joined Barnes & Collie to work in the industry while studying a number of courses, including a degree in Architectural Technology.

    Having worked from the shop floor up, he is extremely skilled at running jobs, from inception to completion, and has considerable experience working with developers, as well as private clients, on both commercial and residential projects.

    One of his favourite projects so far has been the award-winning refurbishment of Gorey Methodist Church, which he said was transformed from a run-down and unused church into a dynamic, modern and contemporary space.

    And he sees the integration of St Helier's waterfront with the rest of the town as one of the biggest architectural challenges facing the island over the next ten years.

    In his spare time, Dale is an avid surfer and an enthusiastic follower of rugby and cricket, as well as being a bit of a computer whiz.

  • alison-horton

    Alison Horton BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

    Architect

    Originally from the UK, Alison was awarded a prestigious travelling scholarship after completing her degree in Architecture. This led her to Hong Kong, where she studied urban living and spaces within cities which taught her the value of working on confined spaces.

    She joined aBCF four years ago after taking time out to start a family and has since gained experience in all aspects of the architectural process.

    Alison's inspiration to become an architect came from playing with Lego as a youngster. She used to make model houses at plan level and all of them had at least ten bedrooms and two swimming pools! She quickly realised even as a child that she was moved to love or hate buildings, depending on their style and design.

    Her favourite building in Jersey is Les Lumieres by A.B. Grayson on La Route Orange in St Brelade, and among her visions for the island is to better connect parts of St Helier. She would love to see a sunken road between the Esplanade and the Waterfront so there is more of a pedestrian emphasis above ground. She'd also like to see Fort Regent becoming an integral part of the town once more, using more interesting options such as an elevator going up to the complex through a building or an open air escalator, such as those found in Hong Kong or Barcelona, providing a much needed gateway from the centre of town to the fort.

    Alison plays the piano and is a keen sailor. She enjoys taking part in sailing regattas winning several prestige events, as well as cruising local waters.

  • shelley-d-anna

    Shelley D’Anna

    Practice Administrator

    Shelley D'Anna takes care of the day‐to‐day practice administration including financial planning, project expenses, invoicing, management of computer resources and maintenance of records. She becomes involved in all stages of project management under the direction of the project principal.

    In her spare time, Shelley enjoys spending time with her family, getting stuck into a good book and has recently taking up running.

  • Harris Collie
  • Jeremy Barnes
  • Dale Fischer
  • Alison Horton
  • Shelley D’Anna