Architecte Sud is an architectural practice with a pool of consultants we draw on when required. The main team is Sean and Anne Rawnsley with their seperate roles within the practice. Sean Rawnsley was born in London and grew up at The Chelsea Pottery which was set up by his father. He gained his architectural qualifications at the Architectural Association in London.
He has lived in south west France for the past 22 years where he practices as an architect. Being both a member of the French Ordre des Architectes as well as the Royal Institute of British Architects, he is qualified to practise in both countries. He speaks excellent French and has invaluable on-the-spot experience of French artisans, construction materials and techniques, the planning process and building regulations.
After qualifying as an architect Sean went on to learn cabinet-making under a traditional master craftsman and spent several years making early keyboard instruments. He specialised in harpsichords and clavichords which were sold all over the world. He also taught at the London College of Furniture in their instrument-making department.
He worked with the architect F.W.B. Charles in Worcester, specialising in the restoration of medieval timber-framed buildings in Worcester, Oxford and the Midlands, before diversifying to work in the yachting industry. He was responsible for the interior restoration of a number of classic yachts, designing the wood-panelled interiors of such famous sailing yachts as Sumurun, built in 1914, Aile Blanche and Karenita. He worked in France, the Caribbean, Italy and Britain.
Anne Rawnsley provides the administrative and office back-up for our architectural practice. She is particularly involved in the day-to day administration of projects once they are up and running: budget management, invoices, emails, paperwork and updating the website. She helps clients with interior design details and garden design if required.
Anne speaks fluent French and has had wide experience in catering, journalism and running her own garden tools mail-order business. She worked for many years in France doing British PR for Cayeux Iris and organising their stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show before stopping to work full time for Architecte Sud.