Something extraordinary does not just happen somehow, somewhere. It occurs in a very particular way. With many hours of development and refinement. With experience. With passion. Through the inspiration of our clients, experienced architects experts in their profession use these ideas and the personality of the client to develop every bespoke architectural design – and thus creating "your" perfect building.
"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood, and probably themselves will not be realised. Make big plans — aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will never die; but long after we are gone will be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence. Remember that our sons, daughters and grandchildren are going to do things that would stagger us. Let your watchword be order and your beacon beauty." — Daniel H. Burnham.
A way of thinking at Modus. And one that describes our daily work. We will dream big, set the bar high, be guided by ethics and our values, and create plans that will positively impact and uplift the client and community. At Modus, we raise this maxim to the highest principle. To realise personal customer requests and thereby creating uniquely special buildings. For every project type and at every scale. To turn something special into something extraordinary.
We consider our specialism to be high-quality contextually informed architecture and enjoy having a broad range of projects in the office, from refurbishments, extensions, residential new builds, the master planning of commercial developments, to the on-site delivery of prominent and culturally significant public realm schemes such as the refurbishment of Douglas Steam Railway Station.
The architectural design process is a sophisticated task. Besides the use of CAD, BIM, VR, and all the very latest technology, our most important asset is the architect. They are the only people that execute our high demands. When sketching. When designing and collaborating, as well as when understanding the client's needs. Always with great care, calm, concentration, passion and dedication. That is how our architectural practice always delivers a high-quality result.
We can act as lead consultant from inception to completion. We can offer a full architectural service tailored to suit your particular requirements. While understanding the complexities of commerical projects, we deliver creative, professional and efficient architectural services. We operate well-organised projects with total attention to detail, leading building teams and consultants effectively, ensuring exceptional, high-quality results.
Our clients rely on us to produce creative and innovative design solutions to meet challenging briefs, helping them to realise their ambitions and reinforce their values. We specialise in projects that demand a sensitive approach to landscape, the local built environment and historical and social context. Many of our projects involve facilitating new uses within complex urban and rural sites, such as areas of high landscape or coastal value, and conservation areas. Every project is approached as an open ended enquiry, favouring dialogue, adaptive design, collaboration and patient research, over the imposition of stock solutions or preconceived style.
The practice director Jeremy Humphries is personally involved in the design and delivery of every project in direct collaboration with engineers, cost-control consultants and other professionals.
Experience has taught us that the best projects are the result of close cooperation between ourselves, the design team, and the client and their advisors, and we approach every project from this perspective. We pride ourselves on being adaptable throughout the design and construction process and have experience of the needs of a wide range of clients, from individual home owners to large organisations such as government departments, developers and private institutions.
Working from offices in Castletown that house a team of experienced architects, architectural technicians and support staff, the size of our practice has allowed us to maintain an intimate connection to the development of each project. We approach design as a critical process, subject to continuous development and evaluation. This is maintained through regular design reviews, encouraging objectivity, constructive appraisal and knowledge transfer.
We have a wealth of experience in many different types of building project, from new schemes for both the private and government sectors, conversion and extensions to both residential and commercial premises, working within a conservation area and on a listed building. We undertake smaller schemes independently, and also work with partners as part of a multi-disciplinary team on larger developments.
From initial concept and design, planning and building regulations application, through to contract administration, we can manage the whole process. Modus Architects is a chartered practice specialising in delivering high-quality architecture to individuals who dream of something different to the usual. Our comprehensive architectural services include conceptual and schematic design, design development and construction documentation.
Offering a high level of personal service through all stages, from initial discussions through the design process and on to completion. Mee work on all types of project, at all scales from domestic extensions and loft conversions, to new build houses, apartments and commercial schemes. We also handle issues of site analysis, access, circulation, parking, urban design and local development guidelines.
As a practice we offer:
Practice owner and director Jeremy Humphries is a RIBA chartered architect with over 20 years of experience working in London, the Isle of Man. Building on early experience encompassing new build residential, commercial, institutional and mixed use projects, his focus has diversified into master planning, contextually responsive design and the refurbishment and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and places. He is an instinctive designer, with an appetite for grappling with complex architectural briefs and challenging design problems. His expertise in master planning and site analysis has benefited private and government clients, including the
Department of Economic Development, whom he is assisting in the capacity of architectural consultant to the Airport Technology Gateway Committee.
Ian Shipley is an award winning architect in the field of heritage practice, with a career spanning nearly forty years. His wide ranging knowledge and experience gathered over this period make him an invaluable resource in the fields of design, construction and architectural practice, while his extensive knowledge of traditional construction methods and detailing complement Jeremy’s experience with current building technologies, resulting in balanced outcomes.
We have the experience, expertise and imagination needed to create exceptional buildings, modern or traditional residences, creative reuse of old buildings and innovative commercial developments. We are consistently strengthening and expanding a range of expertise across multiple sectors, including cultural, mixed-use, residential, commercial and renovation projects, providing context-specific and cost-effective solutions for our clients.