About Us

We enjoy our work immensely & challenge ourselves with each new commission. We strive to deliver the best service we can with the majority of our commissions a direct result of third party recomendations from satisfied clients.

Feature Project: Hidden House
01. Our Expertese

Bespoke Design

Each of our designs is a unique and bespoke response to the client brief and specifics of the site and its environment.

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Van Ellen + Sheryn have a consistent and thorough approach to the design of individual properties as well as place making. The projects we have undertaken with them have expertly balanced our brief with relevant contemporary design that is highly marketable. Their design lead approach, along with excellent interpersonal skills, pays dividends when presenting proposals to both Local Authorities and the public at consultation events.

Graeme Fuell, Head of Design, Linden Homes

Feature Project: Milking Parlour
02. Our Expertese


From conversions of Listed Buildings to modern alterations & Extensions. We specialise in all aspects of domestic property design.

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We engaged van Ellen + Sheryn to come up with a new, inspirational design for our barn, where others had failed. We were delighted with their response, and in their handling of the planning process. Our fantastic home is testament to their sympathetic design approach.

Tony Marsh, Ashburton

Feature Project: Grey Matter
03. Our Expertese


We have a wealth of experience working in the commerical sector, in London and the South West.

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van Ellen + Sheryn Ltd. have worked with me on a number of projects in South Devon, ranging from the refurbishment of a 1930’s period property, to high-end private dwellings and a new-build housing scheme. In each project they have provided an excellent and comprehensive service, combining contemporary design, planning knowledge and technical expertise. It has been an enjoyable process working with them, and I would not hesitate in recommending their services in the future.

David Miles, Leicester

Feature Project: Cattle Market
04. Our Expertese

Multiple Dwellings

We have a proven track record of designing award winning housing developments across the country, facilitating small and national developers.

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The team at VE & S were wonderful. They delivered our dreams into a reality mixing Grade 2* with modern lines. Highly recommend. Come and see for yourself.

Andrew Walwyn, Kingsbridge

Our Team

We are a very happy team who enjoy our work immensely. To know more about us and the way we work, contact us today.

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David Glassock
Role: Project Architect
Experience: 13 Years

Dave graduated from Plymouth University in 2003 and is near to completing his professional studies and receiving his RIBA status.  Dave has been in professional practice for 13 years and has developed a considerable knowledge as both a design and technical architect. He has a particular interest in construction methodology and the incorporation of new green technologies.

Dave’s role in the office is as a project architect and job runner.

Ian Phillips
Role: Project Architect
Experience: 9 Years

Ian studied architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff and graduated in 2008. He then moved to Devon and has since qualified as an ARB registered Architect in 2012. Ian has real design flair and has a particular interest in site specific architecture, where the qualities and constraints offered by a site drive the design development, particularly within the natural landscape of Dartmoor and Devon.

Ian is a Project Architect within the practice.

“Architecture is a profession that spans many disciplines, combining the arts with social issues and technical problem solving. There are few professions that offer such variety, require such broad skill sets, or give the fulfillment that comes through providing a client with a finished product that surpasses their initial hopes and wishes.”

Frederieke van Ellen
Role: Finance Director
Experience: 25 Years

Frederieke attended the school of architecture at Delft University. During her studies she was under the tutorledge of both Herman Hertzberger and Ben van Berkel. After graduating in 1992, she worked firstly in Holland and then gained further experience in Hong Kong. Her next port of call was Malaysia, working for the environmental pioneer, Dr. Ken Yeang , where she met Eilir. Fredereike returned to London and worked for Denton Corker Marshall.

Frederieke is the practice manager and finance director.

Eilir Sheryn
Role: Managing Director
Experience: 25 Years

Eilir graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) in 1992 and was elected as a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects ( RIBA ) in 1994. He has worked under the guidance of Dr. Ken Yeang in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia, where he gained a passion for environmentally responsible design and on his return to London he worked for Sir Denys Lasdun. Before moving to Devon, Eilir worked for 10 years at Squire and Partners in London, where he was responsible for numerous high profile developments.

Eilir champions the architectural direction for each project and is the first point of contact for all clients.