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 Expertise

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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We have been clients of van Ellen + Sheryn since their early days and have always found them a pleasure to work with. We are still with van Ellen + Sheryn partly because they are excellent architects but also because we get a highly personalised service. We are consistently looked after by the right person and our requests are dealt with swiftly.

D Stevenson, Anchorstone Properties Devon

Feature Project: Milking Parlour
02. Our Expertise


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

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In 2013 I built a new home for my family in Totnes. This was based on plans and design produced by Eilir Sheryn. He assisted me throughout the design, planning and build process and I would commend him to anyone with a building project in mind. I found his genuine interest and willingness to help in all aspects of the project to be especially helpful along with other members of the VES team all of whom who I found to be both professional and personable.

Simeon Rich, Totnes

Feature Project: Grey Matter
03. Our Expertise


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

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From the start you approached the assignment with a level of creativity and originality, as well as an understanding of how we wanted to live as a family, not shown by any of the many other architects we spoke to. Throughout you have demonstrated exemplary attention to detail, patience and a clear enjoyment in what you do. We started with a run down, dark, claustrophobic house and have ended up with a property truly worthy of its setting in the most beautiful countryside I know.

Mr C Sharp, Devon

Feature Project: Cattle Market
04. Our Expertise

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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You don’t think you need an architect until you hit problems (especially awkward planners) then the experience, insight and professionalism of van Ellen and Sheryn is priceless.

Ian Buswell, Cirencester

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.