I am pleased to have been selected as one of the 12 RIBA role models to encourage future architects from all kinds of backgrounds and to make it a more inclusive profession. I had great time at the launch event last night and it was lovely to meet the other role models. Not enough time to chat to all of them personally but hopefully we’ll chat at future events. The RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and RIBA president elect Jane Duncan put on a great event that brought up a lot of useful ideas for how we can make the profession more diverse and inclusive.
RIBA Role Models Project
RIBA Role Model Clare Nash
June 3, 2015
Barns Permitted Development
RIBA news shows Barns Permitted Development guidance for conversion to dwellings has had further clarification on what exactly is ‘undesirable’. Previously, this was undefined giving councils the right to refuse all kinds of applications because it found the proposed development ‘undesirable’. I have not found this to be a problem so far with any councils that I have worked with. But the need for this clarification shows that some councils are not of the view that barns should be converted to homes. However, one South Northants council officer did say to me “It seems the government wants barns to be converted into dwellings”, so perhaps more councils will be taking this viewpoint in future. It does also seem that overall, it is looking favourable for barn conversions to dwellings for the foreseeable future. The government has taken the time to produce this guidance, which it wouldn’t have done if this was a short term trial. However what happens following the election is as always, unpredictable.
For more on Barn Permitted Development see the following blog posts:
A recent barn conversion to dwelling project that received planning permission see here
If you would like to know more about the change in law for permitted development barn conversion to dwellings, then please see my blog here
March 20, 2015
In addition to existing staff, Clare Nash Architecture is looking for a Freelance Vectorworks 3D Architectural Assistant / architectural technologist or technician. Based in the UK, ideally not too far away from South Northants/Oxfordshire area so occasional meetings are possible. Clare Nash Architecture is very focused on energy efficient design and you would be working on predominantly rural projects; farm building conversions, listed farmhouses, rural self-build, extensions and alterations to existing buildings.
March 5, 2015
The training that leads to becoming an architect
As many of you will know, I have experienced a huge surge in workload over the last year. Because of this I have employed an architectural assistant, Lucy Holland. She is working on a variety of architectural tasks with me from Pinterest to building control drawings, all in a days work at a small architectural practice! I thought you may be interested in the the training that leads to becoming an architect and the sort of useful experience Lucy has gained before working with me.
Lucy Holland on one of many architectural projects she has worked on
I am in my final year of Masters in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University (Part 2) and have previously had a range of practice experience in North Devon, Bristol, London and Rome. I have worked on residential, education and healthcare buildings and enjoy the challenge of creating bespoke projects for individual clients.
I grew up on a working farm, which has helped with my knowledge of rural buildings and I am used to surveying and creating proposals for listed houses and agricultural buildings. In my first year of masters I specialised in vernacular architecture and regeneration, which helped my knowledge of adaptive reuse of existing buildings.
Working in Rome was a great experience that helped me to learn Italian and gave me the opportunity to work on beautiful Agritourism projects that re-appropriated farm buildings into new diversified uses.
Working in London gave me a great insight into working on large-scale high-rise residential projects and how to effectively use space on restricted sites.
Outside of studies and work I enjoy playing netball, keeping active and travelling whenever possible!
March 5, 2015
I am pleased to report I now have some help in the form of Lucy Holland an Architectural Assistant. Lucy is currently studying to become an architect and has a good background in historic buildings, rural development and has even worked on building projects in Italy, communicating with builders in Italian.
January 25, 2015
I am currently experiencing phenomenal workload and expect this to continue. Therefore I am looking for a local freelance architect or assistant who is familiar with vectorworks. It will be part-time and very flexible hours. Must have technical knowledge as building control applications will be the majority of the work. But design input would be much appreciated as well.
December 21, 2014
This week (4/11/14) Clare Nash Architecture received approval for a barn conversion in open countryside. See the project here
December 7, 2014
The Green Build Home Improvement Fund is back this Wednesday 10.11.14! Save lots of money on insulation and other energy efficiency improvements for your home. For more details on how to apply see here
December 7, 2014
Clare Nash will begin working part time this September at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture as a Technology Tutor to architecture students. This will keep her in touch with fresh new ideas and the latest developments in architecture.
August 26, 2014
Just a few weeks after the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund was announced it has closed. On 24th July, the HIF, which allowed homeowners to save up to £6000 on installing insulation, ran out of funds. The government budgeted 120 million for this scheme and and twitter has been going mad with news that in it’s last two days 80 million of the fund was used, cue conspiracy theories about insulation suppliers buying the vouchers to sell at a higher rate later. More info here
So how can you save money on installing insulation now?
The energy saving trust has a link for landlords where you can save up to £1500 on tax paid on energy saving measures for each house you rent out. A lower rate of VAT is also applicable to any energy saving work to an existing house. If the house is new it’s VAT free. More info here. Another way is by upgrading existing external walls while having a kitchen extension for example. The house will already be messy and builders will be on site, so it will be cheaper for them to just add to a job. Of course, DIY internal insulation is quite feasible, if you have the time. I would really emphasise that breathable insulation is a must on solid wall properties. For more on breathable insulation have a look at my other post.
August 1, 2014