Suresh Chandra Rathod Associate
BSc (Hons) Architecture, Dip Arch, MSc, RIBA
Currently the longest serving member of staff, Suresh joined the practice as a young and enthusiastic architect in 1988 and has over a period of three decades, accumulated extensive knowledge through the design and successful delivery of a diverse range of building types which includes projects in tertiary education, commercial, cultural, ecumenical, leisure and residential sectors. Suresh has a methodical and clear thinking approach to problem solving and strives to achieve the highest design standards in all aspects work. He has an avid interest in building conservation and built heritage and is passionate about the sustainable reuse of both historic and other older buildings with architectural merit and has recently gained a Masters degree in Sustainable Building Conservation from the Welsh School of Architecture.
Favourite building in Liverpool:
Church of Christ, Cathedral. This Anglican Cathedral markedly contrasts in style to the unapologetic modern design of the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool placed at the other end of Hope Street yet this majestic building, in Gothic revival style, was able to embrace many modern and emerging technologies during its long construction period between 1904 and 1978. The edifice of red Woolton sandstone is based on the revised competition winning design of the 22 year old Roman Catholic Giles Gilbert Scott who at the time of selection was thought to be relatively inexperienced in ecclesiastical matters. The monumental and challenging final design of a single un-spired tower and large awe-inspiring interior spaces has given Liverpool and the country, as whole, an imposing and world class cathedral which is a credit to the city and its people. It’s been a great privilege for me, as the designer of the modern and understated intervention of the new visitor centre within its great space, to be able to add to Scott’s masterpiece.
Favourite building in the World:
The German National Pavilion, Barcelona, Mies van der Rohe, designed for the International Exposition of 1929 held in Barcelona. This temporary building was conceived as a political statement by the short lived Weimer Republic to promote a new era of recovery and cultural progression towards democracy and prosperity following Germany’s decline in the aftermath of WW1. The Pavilion is known for its extravagant use of quality material such as travertine, marbles and chrome plated steel which accentuated the republic’s prosperity but for many architects however the building is a masterpiece of timeless modern architecture and the epitome of seemingly simple form and design based on the principle of ‘less is more’.
This principle is manifested here in the frugal use of structural components, fine detailing and the disciplined placement of solid and clear planes to create fluidity and movement through the exterior and interior spaces. The Pavilion was reconstructed by Spanish architects from original plans as a permanent exhibit in the 1980s and has since then become a place of pilgrimage not only for Mies enthusiasts but all types of design professionals visiting Barcelona.
Selection of Project Experience
On the drawing board
The Rise, Low Hill Liverpool – Student and key worker Residential
Great George Street Phase 1 – Residential
Ogdens Tobacco warehouse – Conversion of Grade 2 listed office building into 19 apartments
- Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
- Tower Building
- Carpet Museum
- BCA Practice Office
- LJMU Art College on Hope Street
- Sheppard Worlock Library
- Tower Block refurbishment in Seaforth and Bootle
- Club House
- Riverside Courtyards
- Liver 08 Shop (for City of Culture)
- Preston Station