John Dixon  chartered architect

According to Vitruvius, a good building should satisfy the three principles of firmitas, utilitas and venustawhich translate roughly as –

Durability – it should stand up robustly and remain in good condition.

Utility – it should be useful and function well for the people using it

Beauty – it should delight people and raise their spirits


Good design is unobtrusive. Good design is honest. Good design has longevity. Good design is consequent down to the last detail. Good design is environmentally friendly. Good design is as little design as possible.

Dieter Rams

Design begins with a conversation. It is followed by a proposal – a simple sketch perhaps and continues with more, discussing and refining until the desired result is achieved. Listening is as important as talking. The process serves to establish the exact requirements of the client and proposes how they can be realised in built form.

I have worked with buildings for almost 40 years and I continue to be surprised, inspired and delighted at the creation of those new places we make for ourselves.




Selected Projects:


 St Peter's Sixth Form College University Campus, Sunderland 


 Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College Darlington


 Darlington Arts Centre Vane Terrace, Darlington


 Riverside Lodge Sheltered Housing  scheme, Benwell


Grangemere Close Sheltered housing Scheme, Grangetown, Sunderland


St Catherine's Housing Development Castletown, Sunderland