The early days...
Graham has had an extraordinary career as an architect and as a project manager. With a first class honours degree, his career started at Terry Farrell Partnership, working on the planning application for Embankment Place, the iconic landmark building on the banks of the River Thames above Charing Cross Station. He moved on to work in the Guildford office of Building Design Partnership where he won a design competition for a commercial office building. In 1992, the practice submitted a fee proposal to create a new archive floor in the Round Tower at Windsor and Graham won the project by sketching ideas when he was interviewed by the client. His designs were simple and elegant, and included a beautiful glass lift rising from the medieval ground floor to the modern air conditioned archive.
As a result of the success of this project, Graham was invited to join the Royal Household at the start of 1994. He started as chief architect and after 3½ years, he became property manager at Windsor Castle, where he led the team responsible for projects and day-to-day maintenance of the estate. In 2003, he was promoted to become Director, taking charge of the Property Section in each of the occupied Royal Palaces. Based in Buckingham Palace, he led a team or 80 or so in service of The Queen.
As director, Graham developed the role of the Property Section, encouraging talented people. He promoted the Property Section and acted as a consultant to the Dean and Canons of Windsor and to Lady Brabourne at Broadlands. He has a track record of outstanding success, in delivering projects that have met challenging programmes, achieved the budget and have won awards for their quality.
After over 20 years with the Royal Household, he has set up ‘The Graham Sharpe Consultancy’ to provide excellent service to clients outside the Royal Household.
Graham is a passionate fan of classic cars and has personally restored a 1963 Jaguar E-type to concours standard. Prior to restoring the car, he played golf to a single figure handicap.
A member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, he was made a Commander of the Victorian Order by The Queen in June 2016.