The Practice

Childs+Sulzmann Architects was established by its two founding partners Nick Childs and Peter Sulzmann in 1994 and has grown in size and reputation ever since. Now serving a national client portfolio from offices in Bristol and Cardiff, Childs+Sulzmann has developed a reputation for good design, high levels of personal service and expertise in delivering creative solutions in commercially and physically challenging spaces.

The practice is recognised particularly for its work in creative and workplace environments, historic and heritage buildings, education and the hotels, leisure and hospitality sector.  

Childs+Sulzmann are based in the iconic Colston Tower building, an integral part of the Bristol centre skyline. The 1970s building was recently completely refurbished and transformed into a vibrant, dynamic, contemporary working environment with flexible working space. Childs+Sulzmann were the project architects.

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Childs and Sulzmann offices, Colston Tower Barcelona

We have over 30 years’ experience of designing, re-imagining and developing buildings, structures and urban spaces. Our practice is based on sound analysis and research to ensure that we provide our clients with the best possible information on which to base investment decisions. We then use our creativity and experience to add value at every stage in the process.

Our services include:

  • Architecture
  • Urban Design + Masterplanning 
  • Planning + Listed Building Applications
  • Conservation + Heritage Advice
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Refurbishment and retro-fit
  • Project Management
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Nick Childs, BSc, B.Arch, MA, FRSA, AOU

Nick Childs, BSc, B.Arch, MA, RIBA, FRSA, AOU

Nick was a founding partner of Childs + Sulzmann Architects in 1994. In addition to his responsibilities within the practice for concept and scheme design, marketing, client liaison and public consultation, Nick is passionate about furthering architectural excellence, good urbanism and placemaking.

Nick is currently a member of the South West Design Review Panel and has recently taken the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Bristol Architecture Centre.

Nick has previously held a number of other significant positions including Chairman of Bristol & Bath Branch RIBA, President of the Bristol Society of Architects, Chairman of the Harbourside Design Forum, Member of the National Council RIBA and Board Member RIBA Journal.  He was also the Inaugural Chair of Bristol Urban Design Forum and a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath.

Peter Sulzmann, BSc, BArch

Peter Sulzmann, BSc, BArch

Peter founded Childs+Sulzmann Architects with Nick Childs in 1994. In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Partner, Peter is concerned with the technical aspects of construction and manages project delivery. His particular interests lie in building economics, procurement, and sustainability. Peter works well with all members of a design team, but close interaction with contractors in particular over many years has ensured a real understanding of their issues and priorities, helping to ensure successful project delivery.

Prior to setting up the practice Peter worked extensively in the Middle East with a number of international clients on projects including the Emirates Golf Club and other leisure projects across the UAE.

Peter qualified from the Bartlett University College London and holds a further honours degree from the University of Dundee.

Matt Parsons, BSc, MArch, RIBA

Matt Parsons, BSc, MArch, RIBA

Appointed as director of Childs+Sulzmann in 2016, Matt has a key role in the delivery of large and complex projects from inception through to completion. He is responsible for managing office resources and coordinating the design team to ensure that all design, technical and financial constraints are met. This is facilitated by significant experience and understanding of the construction process across many sectors including sports and leisure, education, heritage, commercial work spaces and hotels and hospitality.

Matt is a graduate of the University of Bath where he won the Innovative Design Architectural Prize and was nominated for the RIBA President Medal.

Mike Cox, BSc(Hons), BArch

Mike Cox, BSc(Hons), BArch

Mike joined Childs+Sulzmann in 2012 and was appointed director in 2016. Mike plays a significant role in creative design within the practice and has been lead designer on many high profile projects such as the Engine Shed which was awarded the CIOB South West Built Environment Heritage Award, and was commended by Ed Vaisey, Minister for Culture, as a "brilliant transformation of this historic building".

Mike was a prize-winning undergraduate from the University of Bath and spent a year working in the USA before obtaining a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of West of England where he was nominated for the prestigious RIBA President's Silver Medal Award in 2011 and received the RIBA Wessex Prize for Best Bachelor of Architecture Design Project.