John Barclay

John Barclay

BA (Hons), MSc, DipArch, RIBA


John is a chartered Architect with over 15 years of practice experience. He joined Kay Elliott in June 2014 and has since been involved with a large scale hotel and residential scheme in Torquay, a luxury hotel and spa in Salcombe as well as an extensive redevelopment of Paignton Zoo.

Specialising in hotel design and residential-led mixed use projects, John also has further experience in student accommodation, educational, church buildings and visitor attractions. He worked on the hotels team at EPR Architects for over 8 years on a number of large scale landmark hotel projects.

John’s experience in hotel design includes the 600 bed 5 star Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal 5, the Dorchester Collection’s country house hotel at Coworth Park and the Mondrian London on the South Bank. He also has broad experience in the residential sector, from co-ordinating prominent mixed-use resi-led projects in Birmingham to delivering high-end private houses in central London.

John’s strengths are in project delivery & collaboration, co-ordinating projects from early design stages through construction to final handover, and in drawing on his extensive technical knowledge to develop solutions for complex design challenges.

Creativity, fun and dedication define what we do as a practice. Few practices give designers at every level the opportunity to work on such diverse and interesting projects. The nature and variety of our work demands imagination and initiative.

Our dedicated studio of over 35 is a place where innovation flourishes, with designers united by a passion to create exceptional spaces. Where we work stimulates and inspires us. Devon offers a unique balanced lifestyle and working environment. If you believe you have something special too, we want to hear from you.

We enjoy excellent relationships with practices around the world, enabling us to manage large and complex projects. If you believe we could work well together, we want to hear from you.

If you are a client that would benefit from inspiration and innovation, informed by financial understanding, we would be delighted to hear from you too.