Anglo - Vasca
Alava - Vitoria
Together in 2010 Neil and Esti created AV Architects to offer a unique service to our clients based upon the principles gained from experience working in award winning practices around the world and a few principles that are vital in any walk of life. Integrity, Commitment and Passion.
Neil and Esti met whilst working in the renowned RIBA Gold Medal winning practice of Scott Tallon Walker in Dublin, Ireland in 2001 and have worked together and collaborated with like minded architects ever since.
Based in Tonbridge, Kent, Neil and Esti lead a talented team of architects, architectural assistants and designers serving London, Kent, Sussex and Surrey.
Estibaliz Buesa Diaz
BA (Hons) Dip Arch
Although born in Santander in Northern Spain in 1973 Esti lived most of her young life in Vitoria-Gasteiz part of the Basque Country hence V is for Vasca.
Esti studied at the respected University of Navarra in Pamplona and became a registered architect in Spain in 1998.
During Esti’s time at university she also worked in the studio of the architect Mikel Landa who specialises in historic timber structures. Esti assisted in the preparation of the survey of the roof structure of the historic cathedral of Santa Maria in Vitoria-Gasteiz that formed part of the inspiration for the international best selling novel The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. Whilst working with Mikel, Esti also worked on the preservation of the historic Salt Valley of Añana a candidate for UNESCO world heritage site recognition.
Following the completion of Esti’s studies at university she accepted a position in the offices of the award winning architects Scott Tallon Walker in Dublin, Ireland. Whilst there Esti was exposed to a wide range of projects from the corporate offices of Citibank to the Dundalk Institute of Technologies new hospitality training building.
On her return to Spain in early 2003 Esti set up her own practice Esti Buesa Architects in Vitoria-Gasteiz and successfully completed a wide range of projects and proposals on her own and in collaboration with others. One of Esti’s most interesting projects was the proposed creation of a new green corridor through the heart of the old town.
Balancing the responsibilities of motherhood with professional life meant that Esti decided to pursue a teaching career and became a geometry and maths teacher at a local secondary school whilst also maintaining her client base.
Upon moving to Kent in 2008 Esti soon developed good business relations and is the driving force behind AV Architects desire for consistent quality and care for our clients.
BA (Hons) Dip Arch Dip BRS RIBA
The Anglo of the pair Neil was born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire in 1973 and completed his architectural education at the Oxford School of Architecture in 1998.
After completing the first part of his university education Neil spent a year of practical training in the UK with the multi-national architects Aedas before taking a further year out in 1996 in the fast-track environment of Singapore where he worked at the notable practice of Alfred Wong Partnership.
Following his international experience and an interest in the opportunities rapidly growing markets afforded Neil’s next position was with the RIBA Gold Medal winning practice of Scott Tallon Walker in Dublin, Ireland. Working closely with Niall Scott on the fit-out of the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire Neil gained invaluable experience of modernist principles and high quality detailing a signature mark of any Scott Tallon Walker project.
Following a year in Australia at the dawn of the new millennium where Neil worked at various design lead studios he returned to Scott Tallon Walker to become the project architect of the 16,000 sq.m Fingal Civic Offices working closely with Dr.Ronnie Tallon and Michael Tallon. Whilst in Dublin Neil completed the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland professional qualification exam and became a member of the RIAI in 2002.
Neil moved with Esti to Vitoria-Gasteiz in Northern Spain in early 2003 where he collaborated with Dr. Fernando Bajo Martinez de Muguia on various commissions ranging from large scale projects such as the internal Olympic swimming pool complex at Mendizorroza, Vitoria-Gasteiz and new civic auditorium at Azpeitia to apartment buildings and small private dwellings.
Following 5 extremely productive and enjoyable years in Spain Neil and family moved back to England in 2008 where Neil accepted a position in the sports architecture focused practice of KSS. Working closely with the director Andy Simons Neil’s main focus was on educational projects specialising in special educational needs. Whilst at KSS Neil registered with the Architects Registration Board and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.