Business milestone for Carl / by AMRIT NARU

Our award-winning architect and director Carl Ross is celebrating over twenty five years in the industry, including ten years at the helm.

 Carl Ross, Director, C.A. Ross Design

Carl Ross, Director, C.A. Ross Design

With a number of award-winning UK projects under his belt, chartered architect Carl is synonymous with a variety of arts, commercial, ecclesiastical, hospitality and residential assignments.

After graduating from Hull University’s School of Architecture in 1995, Carl started his professional career at the largest commercial architectural practice in Northern Ireland. Here his projects included Lisburn civic centre, officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001; Flowerfield Arts Centre on the Causeway Coast; The Braid, Ballymena’s town hall, museum and arts centre and The Bushmills Inn, a four star boutique hotel and restaurant, near the Giant’s Causeway and set in the village that is home to the world’s oldest whiskey distillery.

 Carl’s past projects include Lisburn Civic Centre, officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001

Carl’s past projects include Lisburn Civic Centre, officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2001

A move back to his native North East in 2003, to take up a position at another private architectural practice, saw Carl involved in numerous other high profile projects in and around Newcastle-upon-Tyne. These included the expansion of Live Theatre on the Quayside; the extensive and sympathetic renovation of Trinity Chambers’ Custom House and master planning for the first phase development of the Stephenson Quarter.

However, it was Carl’s desire to be his own boss that saw him at the reigns of his first architectural practice in 2008. Now trading as C.A. Ross Design - formerly Naru and Ross Architects - Carl particularly enjoys transforming spaces in his native North East.

No two days are the same which makes for a very exciting job! As a practice, we have a very wide ranging portfolio. As well as residential projects, our architectural commissions include St Therese of Lisieux new build church in Ingleby Barwick; a brand new multi-million pound crematorium in County Durham; a multi-million pound rail-served steel store on behalf of AV Dawson and Tata Steel; masterplanning for numerous housing developments and the complete restoration of historic buildings such as Sockburn Hall, a privately-owned, 1830’s Grade II* Listed property near Darlington.
— Carl Ross, Director, C.A. Ross Design

On top of this Carl and his team have helped to design numerous North East eateries, including Cena Trattoria and Muse Continental Café in Yarm and The Bay Horse restaurant and pub in Hurworth. Carl’s current projects include the restoration and development of a large listed hall in North Yorkshire and the design of a brand new commercial plant and associated office space in Teesside.

 Cena Trattoria, Yarm

Cena Trattoria, Yarm

I like to maintain a vibrant, down-to-earth approach to my work and I have a great team who work with me. They share my passion for great building design, reinventing space and re-imagining interiors
— Carl Ross
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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 passions: restoring vintage motorcars and taking my dog for long walks in the beautiful North East countryside.
— Carl Ross