Meet the boss! / by AMRIT NARU

With a number of award-winning UK projects under his belt, chartered architect and director of Naru and Ross Architects, Carl Ross, loves transforming spaces in his native North East.

 Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross Architects.

Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross Architects.

Celebrating over twenty five years in the industry, including five years working under the umbrella of Naru and Ross Architects, Carl is reaping the rewards of building a business from the region outwards.

With an office base in a converted Victorian station waiting room on the outskirts of Yarm, Carl has worked hard to gain a credible local, regional and national reputation and has built the practice by recruiting other creative professionals from throughout the North East.

As a result Naru and Ross Architects has become a notable presence in providing an integrated architecture and interior design expertise for both commercial and private projects.

The company’s wide and varied portfolio includes: Sohe Asian Restaurant Bar and Grill and Haveli Indian Restaurant, both in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; The Crowne Plaza hotel in Gerrads Cross; a £6m rail-served steel distribution centre in Middlesbrough on behalf of AV Dawson and Tata Steel; The Bay Horse in Hurworth; Cena Trattoria and Muse Contintental Cafe in Yarm; St Therese of Lisieux new build church in Ingleby Barwick and conservation projects in privately owned listed buildings such as Sockburn Hall near Darlington.

 The Bay Horse, Hurworth

The Bay Horse, Hurworth

Against this backdrop, Carl has maintained a vibrant, down-to-earth approach to his work. His passion for great building design, reinventing space and re-imagining interiors runs deep.

After completing a degree in architecture at Newcastle University, and with an eye for detail and a love of drawing, Carl has an enviable ability to visualise new spaces from a totally blank canvas.

I sketch constantly and am a prolific doodler - even in meetings. Luckily, I turned my creativity into a successful career in architecture!
— Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross Architects
 And in his spare time: one of Carl's vintage motorcar restoration projects.

And in his spare time: one of Carl's vintage motorcar restoration projects.

Running your own practice involves a lot of hard graft and working long hours. However, I wouldn’t want to change a thing. When I do get some time off, I’m happy to work on my other passion: restoring vintage motorcars.
— Carl Ross, Director, Naru and Ross Architects