Axis Design Architects are housing design experts based in Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
The company directors – Mike Menzies and Rob Annable – have many years experience delivering projects of all scales, from neighbourhood masterplanning and estate wide consultation exercises to individual residential design and domestic refurbishment.
Sustainability and environmental design experience lie at the core of everything we do, with new proposals developed through both practice and theory thanks to our regular involvement in research projects. Our work with communities and the public sector also makes us ideally placed to assist resident groups and charities to realise new community centre buildings.
Thanks to our own personal experience in the self-build sector, we’re able to offer design, guidance and support to clients who wish to make their own home.
Our projects are developed and delivered using Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, providing accuracy and efficiency in our work and the ability to render and visualise projects throughout each stage of the design process.
Originally formed in 1982 by 4 founding partners (including current company Director Mike Menzies), the practice was previously called Axis Design Collective and then incorporated in 2008 to become Axis Design Architects Ltd.
Rob Annable BA (Hons), PG Dip Arch, RIBA
Director – Axis Design Architects Ltd
Education: Birmingham School of Architecture (First class honours + PG Dip Distinction)
Since joining Axis Design after graduation in 1998, Rob has been involved in many housing, masterplanning, consultation, design-led projects.
Project experience includes the design and delivery of affordable housing for Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust; project architect for the highly regarded Brandwood End housing in Birmingham; designing innovative eco-friendly housing in Stourbridge; extensive consultation and masterplanning exercises across the West Midlands; award-winning energy efficient refurb projects in Newcastle-Under-Lyme and Custom Build site layout architect for Stoke on Trent City Council. Rob often undertakes R&D into new methods of working and communication using digital tools, as well as materials and detailing challenges in energy efficient construction. He has recently completed his own self-build project in Wolverhampton, which is shortlisted for a National construction award.
Additional roles: Visiting Tutor, Birmingham School of Architecture MA Arch course
Director – Axis Design Architects Ltd
Education: Aberdeen School of Architecture (Winner of the Rowand Anderson Silver Medal)
Mike’s career began in 1971 and he in that time he has been a Research Associate on ‘Making Towns Better’ project at CURS and lectured at the University of Birmingham between 1972 and 1974. He formerly worked with Michael Laird & Partners and Keith Hatwood Associates and took up a Senior Lectureship in Environmental Psychology at Birmingham School of Architecture between 1976 and 1985. He formed Menzies and Goodall in 1980 and went on to be a founding partner of Axis Design Collective in 1981.
A major characteristic of many of Mike’s projects has been the role played by users/community groups as part of the client body and the management of their participation in partnership with funding agencies. He was masterplanning co-ordinator for Pype Hayes, Castle Vale HAT (1995-98), The Lyng, Coalville & the highly regarded development of Brandwood End in Kings Heath . Recent work includes urban design in Blurton, Normacot, Lyndhurst, building projects at Denham Square and Ingestre Square, Stoke on Trent and collaborator on the Eco Terraces initiative. He has also played a leading role in Axis Design Architects’ work for Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust.
- all projects
- self build
- all research