The Team



Alastair Howie

Heading up his own Norfolk-based practice, architect Alastair Howie RIBA has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. His passion for his work has taken him across the country, focusing on projects ranging from historic, period conversions in Sussex to home extensions in Somerset and commercial projects in London and Birmingham.

Growing up with a thirst to be creative, Alastair spent much of his time drawing yet also found he had a leaning towards technical and science subjects. Eventually realising great architecture is art that fulfils a practical function, he decided to study the subject and was awarded a place on a Part 3 Advanced Diploma in Architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen, under the professorship of the renowned Robin Webster.


James Knight

James joined the team late last year as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant after graduating from his BA in architecture at Norwich University of the Arts in 2019. He was the 2019 winner of the Hamson Barron Smith Architects Award for Sustainable Design. His work at the practice focuses mostly around planning and preliminary design processes as well as 3D modelling projects using specialist software.


Karen Kelly

Karen has worked for Alastair since he opened his practice in Norwich at the beginning of 2017. She has over 30 years' administrative experience and has previously worked for the National Westminster Bank and Norfolk Constabulary. She is also the Deputy Editor of Uniquely Magazines who produce guidebooks about Norwich and North Norfolk.



Every office needs a dog and Banksy is Howie Architects' mascot.