Storah Architecture - Chartered Architect • Conservation Architect • Historic Building Consultant
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About Us

Storah Architecture is an RIBA Chartered Practice providing Architectural Services and Historic Building Consultancy. We are based in Todmorden, in the South Pennines. With easy access to Leeds and Manchester, we work in Lancashire, Yorkshire, throughout Britain and abroad.


Our aim is to provide a cost effective service, which combines experience and imagination, allowing our clients to create or rejuvenate buildings to suit their own individual needs.


We carry out a wide variety of new build and conversion projects.  Our strengths are in the conservation, conversion, restoration and renovation of historic and existing buildings and new development on sensitive sites.


We are widely experienced in the preparation of Conservation Statements and Conservation Management Plans for heritage assets.


We regularly work as a multi-disciplinary team with other consultants, including Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Archaeologists, Museum Specialists, Ecologists and Traffic Consultants. Whilst we have close relationships with a core group of consultants, we are also ready and willing to work with others as part of a client’s established framework.

The Team

David Storah

Arch. Tech. Cert.

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David Storah entered into the partnership with John S Taylor in 1972. They carried out a wide variety of architectural projects in the South Pennines and elsewhere until Mr. Taylor’s retirement in 1996.


David is an architectural technologist who has built up a practice with a reputation for sensitive domestic architecture and for the conversion and creative reuse of buildings for a wide variety of uses.


David has wide experience in the commercial, industrial and education sectors. Projects have included the development of new hotels and commercial buildings, regeneration of large industrial sites and works to corporate offices and schools.

Richard Storah

Dip. Arch. MA Cons (York) RIBA AABC SCA IHBC
Director, Architect

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Richard Storah began his architectural career with the practice. He then worked in Manchester, Skipton and Kendal, gaining experience in building conservation and ecclesiastical architecture.  Much of his experience is of traditional building repair and of modern additions to historic buildings including private homes, country houses, large civic buildings and churches.  Many projects involve the reuse and regeneration of buildings or sites and development in sensitive locations.


Richard is an AABC accredited conservation architect and RIBA accredited Specialist Conservation Architect, with an MA in the Conservation of Historic Buildings. He is on the approved list of architects for the Church of England in the Blackburn, Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield Dioceses and for The Yorkshire Baptist Association.  He is a member of the RIBA and the IHBC.


As a member of the British Standards Institute’s Committee for the Conservation of tangible cultural heritage, Richard was UK expert for the BS EN 16096:2012 Condition survey of historic buildings and a member of the drafting panel for BS 7913:2013 A Guide to the principles of the conservation of historic buildings.

Michelle Martin

BA (Hons), MArch, ADPPA, RIBA, ARB, AIA Int.
Project Architect

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Working as Project Architect, Michelle has involvement and knowledge on a variety of projects within sectors such as conservation, renovation, refurbishment and new builds throughout all of the stages of RIBA Plan of Work. Projects varying from £20,000 – £3.8 million.


Outside of the office she mentors students studying Heritage Craft Skills and has acted as as Conservation Specialist on RIBA Judging Panel for the Yorkshire Region in 2017. She presents various talks on conservation and Women in Architecture throughout Yorkshire and Manchester. Michelle is passionate about spreading the awareness of regeneration and craft led design. Doing this she has developed a programme Live Site Project – using dilapidated buildings as a learning source for the heritage craft.


With a valued interest in sustainable materials, Michelle has a keen eye for detail and craft in both traditional and contemporary design. Her experience working within heritage construction throughout the UK and internationally, benefits the practice bringing sympathetic but innovative ideas to life.

Alessandra Sprega

BA and MA in Architecture and Restoration

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Alessandra received a BA and MA in Architecture and Restoration from the University of Roma Tre (Rome) in 2011. She participated in international research projects with the University of Roma Tre and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) into the seismic reinforcement of traditional earthen building. An architect qualified in Rome, she obtained her second Master’s degree in Conservation Studies at the University of York and she has recently been awarded the WRoCAH studentship to undertake a PhD in Conservation Studies by the Department of Archeology at York. Her research will focus on the damage sustained by the historic environment and the built heritage as a result of flooding.

Mathew Benson

Dip.Const. B. Arch. Dip. Arch, ADPPA, RIBA, ARB

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Following his graduation from the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, Mathew began his Architectural career in Scotland working on projects for the M.O.D, before returning home to Yorkshire.


He completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture course at Leeds Becket University, after which he continued to gain knowledge of the vernacular building styles and techniques found in the North of England.


Mathew has continued to develop a contemporary style of Architecture, one sympathetic to the historical context of a building, but adaptive to modern expectations and requirements.


As part of his practice experience, he has worked on three Civic Trust Award winning projects and collected two Regional Building Control Awards.  Mathew’s work has also been published in the Architect’s Journal and one project was a finalist in the Grand Designs Awards.


Mathew is an adaptable and responsible Architect with experience of working on projects of varying sizes and complexity.  He has taken the lead in steering many challenging sites and projects through to successful completion whilst developing a clear design approach to his work and maintaining his personable approach to site and contract management.

Courtnay Ives

BA (Hons) Architecture
Architectural Assistant (Pt 2)

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Courtnay worked with us as a student has returned after completing her degree at Manchester School of Architecture.  She works within the team carrying out surveys, preparing design drawings and production information.


She has an interest in building reuse and craft in architecture.