At Axis Architecture, we create places for you to live, work, thrive, and enjoy.
Established in 1994
A litte bit about Axis Architecture...
Axis Architecture was founded in 1994. Over the last three decades, our Hampshire-based company has evolved. As our industry has changed, so too have our team’s specialities, our software programmes and our designs. However, the one thing that has always stayed the same is our dedication to excellent client service.
The critical fusion of conceptual design and technical detailing has remained at the heart of our practice philosophy for over thirty years. This ethos translates into safe and sustainable buildings for future generations that are also spectacular to view. In short, our buildings enhance the lives of the people who live and work in them and the environments they sit within.
We work with residential clients to inspire and create their dream homes. In the commercial sector, our expertise extends to many industries. We have worked on specialist projects in the industrial, defence, retail, community, health, education and leisure sectors.
The Old Post Office, Wickham, Hampshire
Working with Axis Architecture:
Our office in the market village of Wickham in Hampshire is home to our team of talented architectural professionals. The team is headed by partners Paul Anderson and Giordana Burns.
We work with clients throughout South England. However, we are proud of the roots that have allowed us to work collaboratively with the best contractors and professionals locally. All our clients benefit from our ‘Little Black Book’ of contacts built over thirty years.
We are a relatively small but dedicated team, offering excellent communication, friendly flexibility, and a personal approach to problem-solving. All our clients benefit from direct contact with our leading partners from the initial meeting to the project’s handover.
We can provide any level of service, from feasibility studies, through Planning and Building Regulation applications to complete architectural services, including tendering, contract and on-site administration.
We foster a transparent, professional/client relationship with your best interests at the heart of everything we do. Practically, this means we will not shy away from difficult conversations. Instead, we will always seek creative and innovative solutions to ensure we deliver a successful project that delights you.
We are proud members of RIBA (The Royal Institute of British Architects) and we always follow the RIBA Plan of Work Project Stages, involving you at every step.
Meet Our Management Team
Our Hampshire-based management team have a combined architectural experience of more than 60 years. Paul’s technical expertise and Giordana’s Italian eye for design complement each other perfectly, resulting in safe, functionally designed, innovative, aesthetically pleasing buildings.
Paul Anderson ACIOB – Director
Ask Paul when he first became interested in building, and he will tell you that this started early in life with a love of Lego! Paul soon discovered that he had an innate skill for conceiving a structure in his imagination and then constructing it.
Following an early career working on large-scale commercial projects, including The Spinnaker Tower, Port Solent, Town Quay and a cinema in Leicester Square in London, Paul joined Axis Architecture in 1998. His vast experience in commercial work armed him with a solid technical background. This exceptional technical expertise across many sectors allows us to find the best solutions for every situation, providing solid, reliable 'fit for purpose' buildings.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience in building design and construction, Paul can take on complex projects with ease and confidence. His attention to detail is remarkable, and he has a keen eye for identifying potential issues and finding creative solutions to overcome them. Paul's expertise extends beyond just the technical aspects of architecture. He is also knowledgeable about sustainability, energy efficiency, and other essential considerations in modern building design.
Like the famous American Architect John Portman, Paul believes that 'Buildings should serve people, not the other way round'. He sees the value BIM (Building Information Modelling) brings in achieving this and recognises it as the construction industry's future for all scales of projects. Therefore, he is promoting our BIM technical and visualisation expertise, moving the company forward to face future challenges.
As a family man, Paul stays busy outside the practice too, but when he does find a moment to relax, you'll find him cycling the Hampshire countryside or attending an air show with his kids.
Giordana Burns RIBA – Director
Giordana's architectural story begins in Italy. Having grown up with a grandfather who built half of the old town of Formia, Italy, together with some very prestigious buildings and blocks of flats in Naples and Palermo, you could say her destiny was to enter the world of architectural design.
She began studying at the Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, before completing her studies in Greenwich, London.
Before joining Axis Architecture, her professional career saw her work within large practices and as a consultant delivering large commercial projects such as the Victorinox flagship store in New Bond Street.
Giordana's Italian heritage means that art and design are at the forefront of everything she does. So, it will come as no surprise that her favourite architect is Antoni Gaudi, the only architect in history who has physically sculpted parts of his projects. She loves contemporary design and the use of leading-edge, sustainable materials in construction. She has been instrumental in a new focus at Axis Architecture, transitioning the firm from its roots in traditional design to a company that delivers progressive architecture using innovative building techniques.
As a practising Buddhist, Giordana spends much of her spare time studying and volunteering. She’s also a mother of two, and with a love of the water, you'll often find her with her family, paddle-boarding, kayaking or sailing the Solent and the Hampshire coastline.