ARCO₂ are passionate about designing and building eco-friendly, future-proofed properties that lead by example.


Ian Armstrong – Director

BA (Hons) pgDip Arch (Cons) RIBA

RIBA Chartered Architect and was educated at Plymouth University School of Architecture, undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree, Diploma in Architecture with Architectural Conservation and Certificate in Architectural Professional Practice. He is also a registered Ecohomes & Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and Certified Passive House Designer.

Ian is co-founder and Director of ARCO2 Architecture Ltd. and is a lead designer with experience on sustainable residential, commercial, live/work, school buildings and conversions up to £2 million contract sum.

His education and design ethos focuses upon sustainable architecture together with a sound background in conservation. He has presented lectures in sustainability to local schools, Eden Project Sustainability Conference and Code for Sustainable Homes to SW RIBA.

Ian is also a Director of Better Bodmin which is a business led organisation aiming to increase wealth, employment and improve local economy. He has also been a governor at one of the local schools.

Nathan Davis – Director

BA (Hons) Architecture, Lead Designer

Educated at Plymouth University School of Architecture, undertaking a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He then went on to travel the world, working for several small building contractors and as a quantity surveyor in Bristol.

He then returned to architecture by undertaking the first year of a Diploma in Architecture with Architectural Conservation at Plymouth University before practicing at a local Architects practice. Nathan is co-founder and Director of ARCO2 Architecture Ltd. and is a lead designer with experience on sustainable residential, affordable / residential development, commercial, school buildings and conversions up to £5.1 million contract sum (3 phases) as well as a Certified Passive House Designer.

Alan Hughes

BA (Hons) pgDip Arch

Alan studied at Oxford Brookes University undertaking both his part I and part II Diploma; specialising in Sustainable Building Performance & Design.

Over the last 12 years at Arco2, he has developed significant technical knowledge and skills across multiple applications, and with such can produce work ranging from initial concept sketch designs, through to detailed fabrication drawings for production. Outside of the digital realm Alan has good on-site experience with overseeing the construction of bespoke and often hybrid steel and timber frame dwellings.

Outside of work, Alan is undertaking his own extensive home renovation project. This ongoing challenge is contributing to both his practical skills and knowledge, and his understanding of materials and how they are best sequenced together. Any other spare time is spent running, road cycling, mountain biking, or simply exploring the Cornish coastline with his partner

Angus Webster

B.Arch. (Hons) BSc Architectural Science (Hons)

Angus studied at UCD College in Dublin, then spent time working between Manhattan, Australia and Ireland, after which he landed a role at his ex-tutor’s company in Dublin.

Seven years later he came to the UK with his wife to design and renovate their own property and start a family.

He joined ARCO2 in Autumn 2014.

Tom Paxton

B.Arch. (Hons) M.Arch PgDip RIBA

Tom joined ARCO2 in 2017 having achieved his RIBA Part III qualification at the University of the West of England, since joining ARCO2 Tom has become an RIBA Chartered Architect. He has worked across the South West and has a wide breadth of experience across multiple sectors, including residential, commercial (up to £6 million) and healthcare (up to £10 million), often working within the constraints of listed buildings and complex planning legislation.

When not in the office Tom can usually be found in his workshop restoring motorbikes or trekking around the Cornish countryside.

James Huxley

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture

James used to have his own company making bespoke guitars but always had a keen interest in renovation. He decided to pursue a career in Architecture and studied at IT Sligo in Ireland for four years, after which he returned to the UK to renovate his own property, and joined ARCO2 in Autumn 2014.

In his down time James loves to play his guitars, and can often be found driving round the Cornish countryside, surfboard strapped to the roof, chasing the best waves.

Gareth Thyer

BA(Hons) MArch

Gareth joined the team in 2019 with a keen passion and understanding for observing the connection with landscape, buildings and natural systems, looking to put theory into practice to create low-impact buildings that have a strong connection to place.

Gareth has particular expertise in the production of high-quality drawings, 3D visualisations and technical design information, with a strong bias to a holistic environmental and ecological approach to design, having won awards in sustainability and a nomination for the RIBA presidents medal.

When not in the office, Gareth can mostly be found planting trees and sowing meadows on his plot of land that he manages for wildlife or riding his bike up the many hills that Cornwall has to offer.

James White

Project Manager

Jim joined sister company ARCO2 in February 2013 as Project Manager. With a carpentry background and over 10 years of site and project management experience, he is a great asset to the team. His outgoing nature and excellent people skills allow him to develop a great working relationship with clients and suppliers alike. Having previously worked for one of the UK’s largest construction companies in London Jim brings a wealth of experience and expertise, allowing for the smooth and timely delivery of our clients’ projects. Jim is also a qualified Principal Designer and is currently undertaking the CITB SMSTS Site Manager Training Course.

Jim’s interests are restoration of classic VW’s, Porsche’s and mountain biking.

Jill Bromley Fox

Office Manager and Accounts

Jill has been with ARCO2 since the early days when she left ‘The Good Life’ behind to come and ‘help with the books’. As the company has grown, Jill has gained invaluable knowledge and experience on subjects such as Employment Law, Construction Industry Scheme, and Health & Safety. She currently manages the accounts, office procedures and employment for both ARCO2 & ADD SC.

When Jill is not in the office helping to keep both companies running smoothly and sorting out any problems, she may be found at home keeping healthy wielding a hedge cutter or strimmer or away indulging in her sport of clay target shooting.

Sarah Deacon

Office Assistant

Sarah joined the team in November 2014 after driving past our premises on several occasions waiting for an opportunity to join the team as ” it seemed like such an interesting place to work.”

She previously studied Product Design Bsc at The University of Northampton, completing her 1st year before deciding to take a gap year to travel, which is still on going 10+ years on….however, her love for design and all things creative are still strong and is why she wanted to work here, putting her back into that environment.

When Sarah isn’t in the office she often heads over to America to watch her favourite Nascar driver’s race, is tinkering in her new garden or heading out to catch a bit of local Cricket (she used to be a county player!)