Studio Bark is an award-winning architecture practice creating high quality, sensitive, environmental design.

 

 

Studio Bark is a young studio with a great passion for designing outstanding architecture and challenging the status quo. We:

Design
We have a successful track record securing planning permission for ambitious designs on challenging sites across the UK. Our portfolio of built work encompasses residential and community projects with a specialism in bespoke homes and have extensive experience delivering projects through Paragraph 80 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). In addition to architectural design services outlined in the Bark Client Journey, we offer site finding and site evaluation services drawing upon our detailed knowledge of planning policy.

Build
Depending on the project, specialist construction and fabrication services can be provided through our contracting arm, Studio Bark Projects. We have developed the widely-published U-Build flat pack construction system for aspiring self build clients.

Teach
Through continuous dialogue with academia, we periodically run educational construction projects to explore the rich territory between speculative design work and on-site pragmatism.

Innovate
We challenge outdated ideas about architecture, construction, education, and modern business management.

Wilf is a founding member of Studio Bark, Studio Bark Projects and the recently launched U-Build construction system. He is a passionate and diverse practitioner, who enjoys designing and making beautiful spaces. He believes that the very best of architectural manifestation is born from the combined understanding of people and nature. His approach to design transcends into finished buildings; designed for the people within them and for the environment around them. He has an eye for detail and loves working with innovative, natural and locally sourced materials, culminating in his unique understanding of low energy construction techniques.

 

Wilf completed his undergraduate architecture studies at the University of Brighton and went on to complete his masters at the University of East London. In addition, he has an MA in Sustainability and Design. During his professional career, he has taken a leading role in a number of ambitious live-build projects, working collaboratively with diverse teams to deliver a range of interesting buildings and structures. This work has led him to become an expert in ‘true self-build’ and one of the pioneers of the empowering U-Build system. He is a keen public speaker, who is always ready to be involved in constructive dialogue on social, political and environmental issues.

Steph has been a member of Studio Bark since its formal beginnings in 2014, becoming a director in 2016. He is also a founding member of U-Build, an innovative ‘true self-build’ construction system. During his architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and London Metropolitan University, Steph combined his time in the studio by getting his hands dirty working on a number of small scale construction projects. His on site experience has translated into a deep understanding of construction and a love for working with natural materials. He now shares this knowledge and experience with students during Bark Live Builds and the Construction Week programme at the University of East London.

 

With a shared passion for the preservation of the natural environment combined with a passion for design, Steph is able to draw on the unique qualities of a site and translate a brief into something coherent and sensitive. He sees each project as an opportunity to explore new, environmentally focused ideas to create unique and beautiful, low impact designs. In the studio, he brings a rigorous design eye and plays a leading role in design discussions. Often defaulting to the pencil and drawing board, he is able to quickly visualise and represent ideas. He has played a key role in number of successful Paragraph 79 (now 80) applications including, Pivot House, Billingford House and Water Farm. His other notable projects include Holloway Lightbox, Ebenezer House and Marsh House.

Nick is a founding member of Studio Bark Projects, U-Build Systems, and a Director of Studio Bark. He now leads work on the U-Build project, which has grown to become a separate non-profit company within the Studio Bark group. His experience spans environmental architecture, traditional carpentry, government funded research programmes, and deep energy retrofits. He creates a style of architecture that is thoughtfully considered, environmentally responsible, and highly emotive. Nick is a specialist in Paragraph 80 (formerly 79), having led a national study into the policy on behalf of the studio. The study, launched in 2018 and still ongoing, has resulted in the National Paragraph 80 database, which gives the practice an unparalleled wealth of knowledge on this forward thinking policy.

 

Nick is also our in-house Passivhaus Designer and has contributed to a number of journals and publications. He is the co-author of ‘Everything Needs to Change: Architecture and the Climate Emergency’ and a contributing author to the Environmental Design Pocketbook and the Passivhaus Designer’s Manual. He speaks regularly at events on behalf of the studio and was named a ‘Rising Sustainability Star’ by Building magazine in 2014. His knowledge of zero waste and circular economy thinking helps drive many of the decisions made within the practice, and his experience with Building Performance Evaluation helps to make sure that our buildings don’t just look good, they also perform.

Sarah’s passion for hand-drawing is central to her design process, complimenting the team’s creativity methodology.

Alongside her architectural design work, Sarah sits on the RIBA Guerilla Tactics Steering Group and is an active member of the Architects Climate Action Network, coordinating the Education Group during its first year of activity. Sarah is passionate about architectural education and has been a studio tutor at the University of East London and a visiting reviewer at the Sheffield School of Architecture. During 2020/21 she has worked closely on the educational live-build programme ‘No Building As Usual’, addressing climate change and diversity in education.

 

Prior to working at Studio Bark, Sarah worked with local authorities and community groups across Yorkshire. This provided a valuable framework for understanding planning processes, policy and the complexities of delivering high quality spaces.

Tom joined Studio Bark in 2017 having previously worked for artist Wolfgang Buttress on large-scale public installations, such as the Hive at Kew. He has a long held interest in environmental design and a skillset specialising in the areas of building physics, parametric modelling and digital fabrication. These interests have proved instrumental at the practice, and some of Tom’s endeavours have included, building a parametric workflow which underpins the U-Build system, developing in-house processes for energy performance modelling, and the creation of a toolset for undertaking whole life carbon assessments. He has played a key role in the delivery of several projects including Box House, Mill Lane and Manbey Pod.

 

Tom gained minor notoriety in the design world for his environmental activism with Extinction Rebellion (XR) in 2019, and helped to launch the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN) that same year. He has previously taught at the University of Nottingham and UEL, and periodically gives talks, guest lectures and pens articles on the intersection between environmental activism and architecture.

Hannah is interested in how the built environment affects user experience. She has developed her passion for environmental and affordable design working on a number of community building projects. Hannah joined the studio after graduating from the University of Sheffield’s Collaborative Practice course, and has worked on a number of residential and education projects in London and Sheffield.

Naomi joined Studio Bark in 2021 and has fast become a much-valued member of our small team.

In previous roles, Naomi has specialised in residential projects in rural settings. These projects  necessitated a highly sensitive approach to local character and design development, which she skilfully brings to her work at Studio Bark.

Prior to joining Studio Bark, Naomi graduated from the University of Edinburgh with her final thesis exploring ground conditions and our human responsibility for exploration, sensitivity and questioning relationship to our physical environment.

 

Ella joined the studio in 2022 after graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture, where she studied material circular economies. Prior to this, she has worked on a range of residential and interior projects across the British Isles. Ella is interested in the wider breadth of how we inhabit buildings and cities; in her spare time fighting for a more sustainable food system at her local community kitchen and has had work exhibited in the Royal Academy of Arts. Ella is also a certified Passivhaus Designer.

Misbah joined Studio Bark in 2022 as an architect with previous experience predominantly in the private residential sector. She was educated at the University of Brighton and the Bartlett School of Architecture, where her academic work explored the relationship between architecture and its narratives. She is interested in how context can provide poetic inspiration for design and lead to an enriched architecture that tells a story. Misbah has also taught a technology module, and has been a guest critic for an undergraduate studio at the University of Brighton.

Awards

2022 Awarded
BUILD’s Leaders in Sustainable Residential Architecture

2019 Winner
RIBA East Award

2019 Longlisted
Dezeen Awards

2019 Shortlisted
BD Sustainability Architect of the Year 

2018 Winner of 2018
BD Sustainability Architect of the Year

2018 Shortlisted
AJ Small Project Award Holloway Lightbox

2018 Long-listed
Dezeen Emerging Architects Award

Selected Press

2021 IStructE:
Measuring carbon: a small practice perspective

2021 COP26:
Industry responsibilities by Steve Tompkins

2021 Podcast:
Tom B on Building Talks Net Zero Podcast

2021 CoDreaming Climates:
Sarah on Climate Conversations/ACAN

2021 RIBA Journal:
Lessons from history can help decarbonise buildings

2021 BBC News:
A Post-Lockdown U-Build

2021 RIBA Books:
Small Projects Handbook

2021 RIBA Books:
Everything Needs to Change

2021 Architect’s Journal:
Climate Champions Podcast

2020 Elle Decoration:
Ask An Architect Interview

2020 Architect’s Journal:
The AJ100 Disruptors

2019 Dezeen:
Flat-pack Home Extension

2019 The Times:
How to Build Your Isolated Dream Home

2019 Grand Designs The Street:
Episode 4: Chris and Roxie [Box House]

2019 Dezeen:
Flat-pack U-Build System

2019 Architect’s Journal:
Black Barn Complete

2019 RIBA Journal:
Black Barn, Dallinghoo

2019 Grand Designs Magazine:
Inside UK’s First U-Build House

2018 Dezeen:
Cork Studio

2018 Architect’s Journal:
Paragraph 55/79 Article and national mapping

2018 Dezeen’s Top 10 Tiny Homes:
The SHED Project

2018 Architects’ Journal:
The Grain House

2017 BBC:
The SHED Project

2017 Dezeen:
The SHED Project

2016 Architects’ Journal:
The Black Barn wins approval

2014 Grand Designs:
Periscope House

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