Valerie Simmons de Fontanals qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1973 and then moved from London to work in private practice in Bath. In 1980 she began her own Architectural Practice and in 1997 gained an MSc from Bath University in ‘The Conservation of Historic Buildings’. In 2001, alongside her work as an Architect, she began working on The English House Survey, collecting data on the energy efficiency and state of the national housing stock. Valerie has 2 daughters, who both went to Leweston, and a son. Her interests include music, opera, art and gardening.