Thames Gateway Project Background

What we offer...

As architects, we offer and deliver full architectural services including feasibility studies, design, project management and construction information production. This includes brief development, initial concept and architectural design, preparation and submission of planning applications, building regulations information, construction detailing, construction inspections and construction contract management. In addition to this, we also provide digital models, physical models and visualizations. Click here to download the PDF brochure


Between the partners we have extensive and specific experience in the following:

  • Architectural Design
  • Project Management
  • Master Planning
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • New Build
  • Listed and Historic Buildings
  • Conversions
  • Extensions
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Healthcare
  • Hotel and Leisure

The Partners

Who are we...

Daniel Flamsteed

Partner & Architect
BSc(Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBA

Mr Flamsteed portrait

Architect, Dan has specific experience in residential developments, luxury hotel spas and listed/historical buildings. His specialist skills include design, construction detailing, planning negotiation and digital modeling. Dan is based in the Bristol studio. Link to Daniel Flamsteed LinkedIn profile

Mbachi Kaluba

Partner & Architect
BA(Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBA

Mr Kaluba portrait

Architect, Mbachi has specific experience in feasibility studies, master planning and large project team coordination. His specialist skills include design, construction detailing and both physical and digital modeling. In 2008 he was nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal award. Mbachi is based in Lubumbashi. Link to Daniel Flamsteed LinkedIn profile

Sam Rabin

Partner & Architect
BSc(Hons), BA(Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBA

Mr Rabin portrait

Architect, Sam has a wide variety of experience in sport facilities, equestrian facilities, office refurbishments and residential developments. His specialist skills include design, timber technology and planning negotiation. He is a keen sailor and qualified instructor. Sam is based in the Bristol studio. Link to Daniel Flamsteed LinkedIn profile

The Studios...

We operate from two base locations:

Bristol, United Kingdom

Located in Stokes Croft, Bristol, this architects studio manages all UK projects and provides architectural support to the African office. Partners, Sam and Dan, operate from this studio.

Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Located in the Golf area of Lubumbashi, this architects studio manages all African projects. Partner, Mbachi operates this studio.

Professional Credentials

As a professional architects practice we are proud of maintaining the highest levels of integrity and operating standards. To ensure this we are:

Architects Registration Board (ARB) Registered

Since 1931, in the UK, the title 'architect' has been protected under the 'Architects Registration Act'. This restricts the use of the title to those deemed to have the skills, experience and qualifications required to perform the role. The Architects Registration Board (ARB) regulate the use of the title and maintain the register of architects. All 3bd partners are registered architects and abide by the ARB code of conduct. You can search the register here.

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered

Beyond the statutory architects register, 3bd are proud to extend their professional integrity to include the code of conduct monitored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). This extends our commitment to include continued professional development, quality management systems, environmental policies and carry professional indemnity insurance. You can view our RIBA practice page here. The RIBA advice for working with an architect can be found here and here.

PI Insured

We carry architects professional indemnity insurance to cover the cost of any damages caused by incorrect advice to clients. We have never needed to make a claim and like to think of it as a safety net only.

Environmental Policy

We are strong believers in improving our environment, not just carbon emissions, but the whole package, including the spaces we inhabit, the use of natural resources and wildlife habitats. Within the role as architects our agenda is not only to make things less bad, but ensure our interventions are distinctly positive.

Software/IT Infrastructure

The 3bd architects pride themselves on being at the cutting edge of technological proficiency and uses the latest versions of AutoCAD, Revit (BIM), Sketchup, V-Ray and Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Dreamweaver etc.). All our project information is stored/backed up in a cloud based system that enables us to access it from any location and share with anyone.