Elias de Dereham and Nicholas of Ely are generally cited as the
architects of Salisbury Cathedral.
Elias de Dereham is often recognized as the "architect" of Salisbury
Cathedral, while Nicholas of Ely is cited as the "master mason."
From the official website of Salisbury Cathedral:
"It was on a rough field called St. Mary's Mead in 1220 AD that Bishop
Richard Poore and his brilliant architect Elias de Derham decided to
build a new state-of-the-art Gothic style Cathedral to replace the old
Norman Cathedral at Old Sarum."
"Just who did design Salisbury is not known. Historian Paul Johnson
suggests that Elias of Dereham and Nicholas of Ely combined their
From Drexel University:
Date: Largely 1220-1258
Architect: Elias de Dereham?
Master Mason: Nicholas of Ely
From British History Online:
"The resident architect seems to have been a mason, Master Nicholas of
Ely, who was provided with a messuage in the new city for himself and
his heirs about 1230. (fn. 131) It is, however, clear that the burden
of organization fell mainly on the dean and chapter, and particularly
on their appointed deputy, Master Elias of Dereham, who held the
offices of keeper of the fabric and common funds from at least
"architect of salisbury"
I hope this helps.