|Tim Coulter unusually commenced his future career in architecture at the age of four helping his father late George Coulter MBE MC FRIBA with site surveying for houses! His father had a flourishing practice and in his early career was assistant to Sir Edwin Lutyens on the buildings at New Delhi. As a child Tim soaked up the atmosphere of the architect’s office and was regularly on site. He developed his hobby and love of joinery at school and still uses pieces made at that time. He started on the drawing board for his father during the summer holidays at age 14 and was an architectural model maker at age 18. He worked as an architectural assistant in Paris at age 19. He developed his love of landscape and the natural world.
|He studied Architecture at Newcastle University and in his year of practical experience 1968-69 worked as an assistant at BS Konsult AB in Stockholm and attended Stockholms Universitet. He spent much time looking at buildings and appreciating landscape. He became enthused by the then commencing environmental movement.
He completed his studies at Newcastle and worked as assistant general foreman on site. Then followed 1972-75 as assistant with Richard Sheppard Robson & Partners working on a College of Further Education and 1975-78 as Senior Architect with Washington New Town on Town Centre and large scale housing.
He then joined the late world famous Architect Ralph Erskine CBE SAR FRIBA MRTPI of Drottningholm Sweden and was Job Architect until 1982 for a large area of housing which is now part of the listing for the Byker project.
|He had completed his first private project in 1975, a conservatory for Sir Alan Pullinger CBE, to harness the power of the sun. In 1976 after the 1973-4 Yom Kippur War oil and energy shock he designed his first pioneering low energy house to passively gather the energy of the sun in winter combined with insulation standards which were only overtaken by the Building Regulations in 2003. Although achieving these high technical standards he also concentrated on the aesthetic, tactile and landscape qualities of buildings to give great pleasure to owners.
|From 1982 he promoted his private practice. This included converting and updating several medical centres. He was also involved in his own conversion projects for sale.
|In 1991 he commenced a Term Commission for English Heritage and worked conserving and surveying many of the most famous Ancient Monuments in the North of England: Roche Abbey, Conisbrough Castle, Pickering Castle, Middleham Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Egglestone Abbey, Bessie Surtees House (Grade 1 Listed), Corbridge Roman Fort to name just a few. He was particularly involved with detailed conservation of monuments, replacement stone carving and new oak structures. He also completed many notable projects for private Clients and was for over ten years was extensively involved in the insurance market for his late father-in-law.
|In January 2006 he occupied his own low energy underground house which encapsulates and develops much of his earlier thinking. He used locally sourced natural materials including the conversion of trees growing on site. He continues to carry out private projects for Clients and enthuse about the service and work provided.