About Arca

Who we are

Founded in 1998 by Director John Lee, Arca aims to develop conceptually rigorous designs for select clients. They have received a number of awards for their approach to design and business management, including for Tate Liverpool and the Mancunian Way Footbridge. Since 2008 the team have developed many designs for sister company Y, a property development initiative of the Directors specialising in residential and community partnership. Lately Arca has focused on specialist bespoke work for charities and not-for-profit organisations including adult education, churches, and a skatepark. Though varied, every project is considered from first principles to serve the users and client through striking contemporary design linked to the context, history and place.

John also serves as a Senior Lecturer in Manchester School of Architecture, where he teaches in the Continuity in Architecture Atelier and is MArch Technology Lead in the Masters Programme. He has research interests in urban design, small settlements, ornament and architectural technology, with numerous academic papers on a range of subjects.