Studio Bark is a London based pioneering architectural practice that delivers inspiring, yet cost conscious environmental architecture with a hands on approach to research, design and fabrication.

Founded by Wilf Meynell in 2014, Studio Bark designs and builds innovative buildings and installations where poetics of space merge with carefully selected material palettes and considered technical details. Our rigorous environmental ethos and ambitious design approach first came into the public eye when our Code 6 private home Periscope House was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Since then, we’ve continued to work on a variety of bespoke homes, as well as branching out into workplace, hospitality, leisure and placemaking projects.

As a collaborative studio, we work very closely with our clients; carefully engaging them through the various stages of each project and promoting an exciting yet transparent journey from conception to completion. We believe that every project has an inherent and often personal narrative, and hence offer flexibility within a full range of environmental and architectural services. The architecture that we craft responds sensitively to our client’s aspirations, site-context and budget. We have a successful track record in securing planning permission for ambitious designs on challenging urban, suburban and rural sites across the UK.

We also provide specialist construction and fabrication services, reducing the lengthy tender process and ensuring that our buildings reflect the highest level of craftsmanship and finish. We frequently collaborate with University of East London; working alongside students to deliver ambitious projects, while enhancing their formal professional education.

Wilf is a leading multidisciplinary designer with 10 years of experience and a passion for creating affordable, elegant and liveable environmental architecture. With a passion for the ‘hands on’ elements of the job; small construction or specialist sub-contractor roles, Wilf can often be found co-ordinating a student live-build. Wilf envisages a future where environmentally-focused designers wrestle back ‘sustainability’ from the commercially-focused market. Prior to establishing Studio Bark, Wilf gained planning permission for two biomass barns, the first for The Stansted Park Foundation in 2012 and the second for Knepp Castle Estate in 2014; both with the ambition to take these prestigious estates off-grid. Wilf also tutors in the Architecture School of University of East London, teaching Technical & Environmental Studies to both degree and masters students.

Nick joined the practice with a wealth of experience working on some of the UK’s foremost low energy developments for ECD and Bere:architects. Nick’s experience spans traditional carpentry, government funded research programmes, deep energy retrofits and contemporary one-off designs Nick creates a style of architecture that is at once thoughtfully considered, environmentally responsible, and highly emotive. Nick is our in-house Certified Passivhaus Designer and regularly contributes to publications and conferences in the field. He was also named as a 2014 ‘Rising Sustainability Star’ in Building magazine and was previously Head of Sustainability at ECD Architects.

Steph previously worked for the award winning practice Panter Hudspith Architects on a raft of projects ranging from large mixed use developments to small house refurbishments. He is interested in creating inspirational designs within a strong environmental context. Steph has a passion for the craft and detail in architecture and values the process of designing and making, seeing them as two parts that make a whole. Steph studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and London Metropolitan University.

Sarah gained a broad range of international experience at Bangkok’s Beaumont Partnership and for London’s acclaimed housing design practice Levitt Bernstein, working on projects ranging from large scale mixed use developments and high-level masterplanning, down to small scale residential renovations and extensions. Her key role as a project leader, is to provide pragmatic and creative design solutions for each project. Sarah studied at the University of Manchester and University of East London under the tutorship of the late Mark Hayduk.

Tom is an architect with experience across a diversity of scales and typologies, from installations and temporary structures to low-energy residential and public buildings. Prior to joining Studio Bark, he worked for artist Wolfgang Buttress and was a core member of the competition-winning team for the highly-acclaimed UK Pavilion (now ‘the Hive at Kew’).
Tom has a passion for the experiential potential of architecture, including it’s poetic and performative aspects.  His specialisms include environmental design, parametric modelling and digital fabrication. Tom studied at the University of Nottingham where he is now an external tutor, working with undergraduate and masters students.

Sarah has a background in architecture and urban design, and enjoys working closely with clients to achieve their ambitions for placemaking. Prior to working at Studio Bark Sarah built up a diverse portfolio, both as an Architectural Assistant and as the Yorkshire Design Review Manager for social enterprise Integreat Plus. Most recently she has gained experience in the fields of masterplanning and residential design for private clients, community groups and local authorities. Working at both an urban scale and the human scale has led to an appreciation of architecture that responds positively to its wider context whether that be an urban or rural setting. Sarah continues to pursue her passion for hand drawing both inside and outside the studio. Sarah graduated from the University of Sheffield with an MArch in architecture in 2013

Laura previously worked for Gigon Guyer Architects, based in Zurich, Switzerland, where she was involved in mixed used developments and architectural competitions in and around Switzerland. She is interested in architecture which encompasses in-depth research into materialilty, including innovative, recycled and historic materials. Laura likes to explore new fabrication and construction techniques which present these materials in different and exciting ways. Laura has a passion for creating minimalist architecture with a strong focus on guiding people through light and space. She studied at ETH (Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule)  of Zurich, Switzerland from which she graduated in 2016.

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