Having a low environmental yet high social impact is at the core of my approach to design and construction. My passion lies in low-tech, local solutions, especially the use of natural materials in architecture. I love to be hands-on, and have helped build a number of small projects using earth and/or timber.
I have previously worked both in the UK and abroad. My UK projects have included an affordable timber frame housing development, a cottage renovation using reclaimed materials, and a large eco-home-cum-community-centre. Prior to this I spent a year working for Kéré Architecture in Berlin, run by a German-trained architect originally from Burkina Faso. This gave me the opportunity to work on a clinic, some houses and two schools, all to be built using rammed earth or CSEBs (compressed stabilised earth blocks) in Africa, as well as projects in Europe. I have also gained experience at an NGO in Switzerland, helping to write guidelines and prepare training materials for humanitarian shelter operations.
I gained my Part I and II qualifications from Cambridge and Oxford Brookes universities, with a master’s specialism in Development and Emergency Practice. I hope to complete my Part III in 2018 while continuing to work at Clare Nash Architecture Ltd.