Britain's Best Architects


About Extonet Ltd: Publisher of this website

Extonet Ltd, based in Cambridge, England, is an international publisher of directory websites. It was founded in 2000 by Alex Reid, on his retirement as Director General at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London.

Extonet's Mission

There is a vast amount of useful information on the world wide web, but it can be very difficult to find. The most valuable information may be deeply buried within individual websites, and powerful search engines such as Google are so comprehensive that they are liable to overwhelm the user with unwanted material.

Extonet's mission is to tackle this problem by choosing the best and most relevant web resources on a particular subject, and then indexing these so that they can be found easily - either by using worldwide search engines to find an Extonet page, or by searching within an individual Extonet website.

Extonet's Websites

In addition to the Britain's Best Architects website, Extonet publishes other websites including:

Abacus Construction Index USA at A descriptive directory of recommended websites and online documents for architecture and construction in the USA.

Abacus Construction Index UK at A descriptive directory of recommended websites and online documents for architecture and construction in the UK.

Beesker at A descriptive directory of the world's best website on each of numerous specific subjects.

Extonet's websites are financed only by Google advertising, which is clearly identified; no payment is received from websites which are included in the directories.

Extonet Ltd

Extonet Ltd, the owner of the Extonet websites, is a limited company, registered in the UK. Its Company Registration Number is 2551298.

Address: 79 Grantchester Meadows, Cambridge CB3 9JL. Telephone: +44(0)1223 356100.

Email: aalreid followed by @ followed by (please excuse this method of presentation, which is intended to avoid spam).

Banking details: Extonet Ltd, Bank of Scotland, 600 Gorgie Road, Edinburgh EH11 3XP.


The Managing Director of Extonet is Dr.Alex Reid. Alex Reid's original training was in architecture at Trinity College, Cambridge; his PhD, at University College London, was based on research into the future impact of telecommunications on transport and urban design.

From 1969 to 1972 he was Director of the Communications Studies Group at University College London. In 1972 he joined British Telecommunications (BT) as Head of Long Range Studies. At BT he was subsequently Director of Prestel and Chief Executive of Value Added Services.

From 1983 to 1990 he was Chairman of venture capital firm Octagon Investment Management, during which time he was non-executive Chairman of the Royal College of Art. From 1990 to 1993 he was Chief Executive of the international architectural practice DEGW. From 1994 to 2000 he was Director General at the Royal Institute of British Architects, where he oversaw the establishment of, the RIBA's world-leading architecture website.

Alex Reid founded Extonet in 2000, and is the editor of the Extonet websites. He was a part-time consultant to Cambridge University on a new building project, was from 2003 to 2009 a Liberal Democrat member of Cambridgeshire County Council.

Sian Reid is a Director of Extonet Ltd. A languages graduate of Bristol University, she took an MBA at the London Business School.

She was with British Telecom from 1982 to 1990, as General Manager of several start-up value added services, and then as a Business Development Manager in the Mergers and Acquisitions Unit. From 1990 to 1995 she was Joint Managing Director of Legion, a telecomms company offering telephone information services through telecomms companies and broadcasters throughout Europe.

Sian Reid has been a part-time Associate Lecturer in management studies at the Open University Business School, and was a Liberal Democrat member of Cambridge City Council


Britain's Best Architects listed by building type: Arts Centres, Botanical, Bridges, Car Parks, Civic Buildings, Community Centres, Conference Centres, Conservation, Further Education, Healthcare, Hotels, Housing, Industrial, Libraries, Mixed Use, Museums & Galleries, Offices, Private Houses, Public Art & Memorials, Religious, Retail, Schools, Sports, Theatres & Concert Halls, Transport, Universities, Urban Design, Visitor Centres.

Publisher: The Britain's Best Architects website is published by Extonet Ltd. It is edited by Dr Alex Reid, formerly Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


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