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Nick Mills


BSc Hons Architecture (Strathclyde) BArch (Strathclyde)



Having gained an international training and perspective,

Nicholas initially established his own practise, Conryn Design

Architects in Harare, Zimbabwe, which he developed into a

substantial, multidisciplinary team that successfully delivered

a large variety of award-winning local and international


Zimbabwe’s political and economic instability led Nicholas to

focus on his activities internationally, partnering with several

firms before taking root in the Cotswolds and founding Vision

Mill Architects with David Free in 2004.

The successful delivery of architecture, at whatever stage,

should involve the architect at the heart of the process, with

careful listening and understanding of need, balancing of

competing elements and precise and swift management of


Since 2014 he has been the elected to the RIBA Council

as Representative for Wessex and held a core role in the

International Committee in previous years.

In 1995 he was elected to the board of the Institute of

Architects of Zimbabwe, eventually being elected as

its president in 1999. Amongst his other professional

achievements are: Council[or of the Architects Council of

Zimbabwe (1994-1996); Board Member of the Harare Inner

City Partnership (1997-2000); Sub-Committee Chairman of

the Urban Taskforce, Harare Inner City Partnership (1997-

2000); Board Member of the National Housing Taskforce

(1998-2000); Sub-Committee Chairman of the Research and

Environment Sub-Committee, National Housing Taskforce

(1998-2000); Councillor of the Zimbabwe Construction


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