About Us

Peak Architects was formed in 2015 by architect Paul Holden; from the outset the ethos of the practice was to bring a fresh approach which is centred on client collaboration.

We have a growing reputation, and this is due to our talented and resourceful team who work in the belief that quality architecture comes about through client collaboration, good design, environmental awareness and innovation.

Clients trust us because we go out of our way to understand their needs and exceed their aspirations.

The construction industry respects us because we use cost-effective materials and building methods to make innovative architecture.

The practice work across a variety of sectors; and at all scales of development… no project is too small as we enjoy the challenge and collaboration within every project. We pride ourselves on a high degree of attention to detail and a flair for innovative and modern design.

The practice can offer the following professional services

  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • Urban Design and Masterplanning
  • BIM Co-ordinator
  • Construction/ Project Management

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Paul Holden

Paul Holden




The practice is led by Paul Holden; who has over 20 years experience within the architectural and construction industry and formed Peak Architects in 2012.

Having studied at both Manchester and Oxford, he continued his training by working as an Urban Designer in Montpellier, France and then a further year working directly for International award winning architect Kiyonori Kikutake in Tokyo, Japan. Subsequently his career has enabled him to work both nationally and on the continent in delivering high quality ‘award winning’ residential and commercial projects for both individuals and large companies.

Paul is married with one child; he relaxes by fell running unfortunately displaying more enthusiasm than talent.

Matt Beach




Matt joined Peak Architects in August 2016 and brings over 15 years of experience in significant Commercial, Education, Health and Residential projects within the region.

Having studied at The University of Sheffield for Undergraduate, Diploma and Masters Degrees, Matt qualified as an Architect in 2006 and has worked locally ever since. He has a broad range of architectural experience from concept to completion and enjoys the challenges of designing from detail to master plan scales.

Matt is a highly skilled and creative designer and is capable of managing complex projects on-site. This is based on a broad appreciation of aspects of commercial viability, planning and technical knowledge combined with his passion for bespoke residential and interior design.

Lloyd Wilson

Lloyd Wilson

Architectural Associate



Lloyd has over 15 years experience within the industry with a broad portfolio of work across many sectors, most recently on Education and Commercial schemes. Combined with a healthy understanding of his profession he utilises his technical knowledge into live projects to ensure design quality is captured and delivered at every stage.

As a certified Autodesk professional he has a keen interest in the development of BIM and has experience in both the delivery and implementation on live projects understanding the benefits this can bring.

Lloyd is a fully chartered member of CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) ensuring he is kept at the forefront of the construction industry.

As a keen road cyclist and runner when he’s not glued to his laptop you might see him out and about around the peaks!

Petra Schwarczova

Architectural Technologist


Petra joined the team at the beginning of 2016; having completed a degree in Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University in 2015. During her studies she worked for several architectural practices to gain work experience which set the foundation for her BIM knowledge and architectural design. She completed her studies with First Class Honours and won the CIAT national Student Award for Excellence in Architectural Technology-Report and Outstanding Graduating Student in Architectural Technology Award.

Petra is an Associate member of CIAT and is working towards becoming a fully chartered member.

During her spare time she enjoys getting her hands dirty by dyeing yarn, exploring the Peak District and is a bit of a film fanatic.

Nick Davis

Architectural Assistant


Nick joined Peak Architects as a Part-1 Architectural Assistant in mid-2016 after graduating from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc in Architecture.

He is currently working on a number of residential projects located within the Peak Park that cross a wide range of architectural styles. These include a contemporary extension to a listed house and the complete refurbishment of a single storey dwelling located in the Hope Valley.

Nick enjoys contributing to and creating visual graphics for the projects.

He is currently working towards Part-2, the next stage of his Architectural education.

Outside of architecture Nick is a keen road cyclist, fell runner and has a passion for natural history and conservation.