The practice was started in 1997 by Sally Walker following her career at British Railways Eastern Region from 1978 to 1990, and research fellowship at the University of York from 1992-1997. Having practiced in Yorkshire since 1980, Sally’s knowledge of historic and vernacular architecture formed the basis of the practice.
Chris joined in 2005 after working in private practice and for rural estates for over 15 years. During that time Chris focussed on commercial, residential and conservation projects with an emphasis on rural regeneration and diversification where he used his practical knowledge and skills to both design and build.
The RIBA is the professional body for architects in the United Kingdom and Native Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice.
RIBA Chartered Practices are the only architectural practices endorsed and promoted by the RIBA, through commitments to quality assurance, business management and client service.
Our team is equipped to work on both large and small projects and will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing property.
We work with a broad range of private, commercial and community clients many of whom we continue to work with.
Native Architects are highly skilled and professionally trained to turn your aspirations into reality and we do that in a sustainable and responsible way.
Whether we are sensitively adapting or renovating an existing building or conserving the environment by designing new buildings that use low carbon construction methods we apply creative thinking to all our projects.
Our site experience and a “hands on” approach to design over the years has allowed us to develop an in depth understanding of the complexities of construction. We are strong on practical detailing and effective problem solvers.
At Native we are passionate about the conservation of our built heritage and are keen to resurrect traditional forms of building and regenerate underused buildings. We can help you reveal the qualities that make your building worth protecting and help you to make appropriate and sympathetic changes if required for their continuing use.
With an MA in Buildings Archaeology and Conservation from the University of York, director Sally Walker ensures we have specialist skills, training and expertise to assist in the proper maintenance and development of your built heritage asset.
We are qualified Eco refurbishers and experienced in introducing sustainable measures in historic buildings.
Native aspire to be the best sustainable design practice in Yorkshire – we aim to design high performance, low energy buildings that have a low impact on the environment and are always exploring new ways to decarbonise the construction industry.
We advocate the use of building products that meet demonstrably high standards of sustainability and where possible we specify low carbon, renewable, non-toxic construction materials. We specialise in alternative forms of construction that employ bio-based insulation products that create comfortable, healthy buildings for our clients.
One Planet Living is an initiative of Bioregional and its partners to make truly sustainable living a reality. One Planet Living uses ecological footprinting and carbon footprinting as its headline indicators. It is based on ten guiding principles of sustainability as a framework.
One Planet York is a growing network of organisations working to encourage the vision of York being a sustainable and ‘One Planet’ city.
Native have pledged to support One Planet York and have been identified by City of York Council as showcasing local leadership in the use of sustainable materials.
Here you can watch our Native staff member, Rachel talk about our involvement in One Planet York.
We are always delighted when the work of the practice is recognised. Here are some of our public and private projects that have been recognised for their craftsmanship and design:
Private House, York – won the John Shannon Conservation Award from the York Design Awards, 2015
The Bivouac – won the Helen Whitehead Award Winner – Best Overall Project. Ripon Civic Society Awards, 2012
Welburn Village Hall – won “Best Sustainable Project” in the LABC Awards, 2009.
Native’s Oak Office – won the York Design Award for a New Office Building & the Lord Mayors Award for a modern sustainable rural business, 2008.
“The quality both of the design and construction has given us exactly what we hoped for and we have had lots of compliments” – Esther Wolff, Harrogate
“Our new office gives Escrick Park a flagship building that has won awards and continues to win admirers. It performs well and is a fantastic place to work in” – Charles Forbes Adam, Escrick Park Estate
See a video testimonial from Harrison Spinks for our work on Farm Redevelopment, Tadcaster
See a video testimonial from John Page for our work on Mount Pleasant
The York Design Awards judges describing Private House, York: “a co-ordinated sequence of rooms that is, at the same time, homely, practical, gracious, well-ordered, – and quite simply beautiful.”