ADG Architects

John Bell


BA (Hons), B(Arch), MSc International Construction Management, RIBA Chartered Architect

John joined ADG Architects in 2003 and became a partner in 2006. He leads the practice in the care home and education sectors, designing and managing projects up to £20 million from inception to completion using an array of contract types.

John is a Chartered Architect and holds a MSc in International Construction Management from Bath University.

Paul Kelly


HND (Building), MIED, RCADes

One of the original founding partners of ADG Architects in 1983, Paul specialises in the industrial sector, being responsible for the design of more than two million square feet of commercial space in the past 30 years.

As an early adopter of CAD from 1986, Paul has played a key role in working with software houses, universities and RIBA on the development of Autodesk and other modelling programmes. As a result, he and the practice have become industry leaders in 3D Modelling, particularly for technically accurate photomontages required for Environmental Impact Assessments.

Jeff Blackwell


MA, Dip, BA (Hons) Int Architecture

Jeff joined ADG Architects and became a partner in January 2016, following the merger of his business, Blackwell Architectural Services Ltd, in to the practice.

At ADG Architects, Jeff leads on Industrial, Residential and General Commercial Projects, and works closely with Paul Kelly on Industrial Projects and with Malcolm Cundick on Ecclesiastical and Historic Buildings.

Malcolm Cundick


Dip. ARCH (Oxford), RIBA: Chartered Architect

Qualifying as a Chartered Architect in 1970, Malcolm is the most experienced member of the ADG Architects’ team. A partner in private practice for more than 20 years, Malcolm has worked collaboratively with ADG Architects since 2011, joining the practice full time in January 2016.

As Inspecting Architect for many churches in the Durham and York Diocese and the Darlington Methodist District, Malcolm is a specialist in ecclesiastical buildings, undertaking numerous Church and associated community facility projects including new build, extensions to existing premises, remodelling and refurbishments with the creation of new facilities, and changes of use.

He has also worked extensively on unique special care and nursing home premises and housing association developments.

Samantha Lowdon

Marketing Executive

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Samantha joined ADG Architects in November 2015. As Business Development Manager she works closely with the partners and associates on all marketing and business administration matters.

Samantha is also an experienced Interior Designer with a degree from Teesside University. Having run her own business for eight years, she now leads the practice on interior design, ensuring it is an integral part of any project we undertake.

Ellis Simmons


A Level Maths, A Level Applied Science, A Level IT

Ellis joined ADG Architects in December 2017.  As Apprentice Junior Architectural Technician he works closely with the partners and associates.

Carolyn Mace

Junior Architectural Technician

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Carolyn joined ADG Architects in January 2019. As Junior Architectural Technician she works closely with our Senior Technicians to gain experience in all sectors.

Mike Hetherington

Senior Architectural Technician


Mike joined ADG Architects in May 2017 as a Chartered Senior Architectural Technician, with over 30 years experience.

14 years experience within the Health Sector and previous to that within the Pharmaceutical Sector.