Gemma Collins ARB RIBA


Gemma studied architecture at Manchester University and the Royal College of Art and now has 15 years of building experience. She joined Marks Barfield Architects in 2001. Gemma became a Director at Marks Barfield Architects in 2014. Gemma is our Health and Safety Manager and our Sustainability Champion, she oversees, reviews and monitors the office’s Environmental Management System and Environmental objectives.

Gemma is very hands on and has wide experience in working with clients, key stakeholders and other designers to gather information from the multitude of entities and is able to interpret, challenge and present these in unison with the overall development strategy. She has a particular interest in creating community buildings where different users need to be brought together to create multifunctional buildings that become part of the success of community. This collaborative approach has evolved from Gemma delivering the awarding winning Lightbox and ThinkTank for Marks Barfield. She is experienced in public consultation and presenting to key stakeholders, user groups, liaising with planners, English Heritage and other interested bodies. She is skilled in understanding and highlighting the projects’ risks and mitigating these at an early stage.

Gemma is working with the Social Mobility Foundation providing social mobility mentoring to local A level students. Gemma acts as a mentor to trainee architects (RIBA Part 2) within the office. Gemma has the Construction Skills Health and Safety accreditation for site competency.