All architects in the practice are members of the RIBA , the professional body for architects in the United Kingdom. The title of ‘Architect’ is protected by law and by the Architects Registration Board. Membership of the RIBA is highly respected as it takes a minimum of seven years before an architecture student can seek chartered status. The practice also is a member of the RIBA through the Chartered Practice scheme that monitors professional standards and good practice. See www.architecture.com.
Three themes sum up the practice ethos.
• The specification of sustainable materials
• Breathable construction
• Minimising embodied energy in the building life cycle.
We aim to design buildings that have a low impact on the environment. Native is a member of the Green Register, the AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building) and the ASBP (Alliance for Sustainable Building Products). We advocate the use of building products that meet demonstrably high standards of sustainability.
All construction procurement led by a Chartered Architect will provide the best value, an improved environment, a clear collaborative and creative process and a balance of economic social and environmental factors – whatever the size of project.
Native is an accredited Designer member of the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment scheme. This means that we meet standards of health and safety awareness in the services we provide. We consider the affect the design of the building will have on the construction team and ensure that the Client is aware of the responsibilities the legislation brings to their project.
Director Sally Walker completed the RIBA Conservation Register accreditation process following the completion of her MA in Buildings Archaeology and Conservation at the University of York in 2012. The register ensures that Sally has the necessary up-to-date specialist skills, training and expertise to assist in the proper maintenance and development of your built heritage asset.
At Native we are passionate about architecture and the conservation of our built heritage. 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.
Through the training of the Green Register we are qualified eco refurbishers and are able to work with planning authorities when introducing sustainable measures in historic buildings.
All technologists in the practice are members of CIAT, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists. CIAT regulates standards of education, competence, practice conduct and promotes the interests and recognition of Chartered Members within the industry and the wider society.
Our team includes a qualified energy assessor who assists in both the design and construction process.
We are always delighted when the work of the practice is recognised in the field of sustainability, in particular the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Country Landowners Association for Escrick Park Offices, the Local Authority Building Awards for Welburn Village Hall and the York Design Awards scheme in 2008 for the Native Offices. Other public and private projects have been recognised for their craftsmanship and design.
The practice was started in 1997 by Sally 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 for the practice.
Chris joined in 2005 after working in private practices for 15 years. During that time he was focused on commercial, residential and conservation projects with an emphasis on rural regeneration and diversification.
All Native staff are members of the York Architectural Association -YAA the RIBA York Branch, where York based practices join together for talks, discussions of local issues and social events.
All Native staff are members of the York Guild of Building. In its 60th anniversary year Sally has compiled an events programme of talks and social events, these usually take place in Bedern Hall.
Sally is Junior Warden supporting the Master in the Guild.
Sally is course leader for the skills module ‘Modern Matters – Conserving Modern Heritage in the context of 20th century buildings’, at the University of York’s Masters in Conservation Studies.
Sally qualified as an architect in 1980 and has worked in primarily in the UK. She recently obtained the RIBA Conservation Architect Accreditation. Sally was a Research Fellow at The University of York, from 1992 – 1997 developing post-occupancy building studies and user behaviour. Currently Research Associate in the department of Archaeology, Sally contributes to the Conservation Studies Masters Course on the conservation of C20 heritage. In addition to her historic buildings expertise Sally has led the practice to achieve an exemplary standard in the design and construction of environmentally sustainable buildings that respect their context. Sally was elected to be Senior Warden 2015-2016 to the York Guild of Building.
James is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and has a BSC Hons. degree in Architectural Technology from Sheffield Hallam University – arriving in 2006, James spent his placement year at Native during his course. James has developed an interest in alternative, low impact, building techniques through working with various forms of renewable materials. Keen to promote the specification of low embodied materials he has formulated a good understanding of building with straw bale, hemp, earth and lime through engagement with suppliers, specialist installers and through onsite construction experience. James is a student at the School of Natural Building – SNaB and is Development Director for the Association of Straw Bale Building Association UK – SBUK
Louise joined Native in 2009 as Practice Administrator and brings with her many years of experience in office accounting, administration and organisational skills.
With a very keen interest in our building heritage in Britain Louise observes working for Native both extremely interesting and inspiring.
Louise will often be the first person you talk to when you call the office with your enquiry and you will find her calm, attentive and welcoming and ready to answer your general questions or direct you to one of the architectural or technological team members.
After qualifying as an architect in 1991 and joining the RIBA in 1994, Chris has worked primarily in private practice on a wide range of residential, commercial, leisure and heritage projects. With a track record of successful regeneration projects Chris works with several notable country landowner estates throughout the region on projects that generate employment and support the rural economy and natural environment. Chris is committed to designing and building in low embodied energy materials that can be locally sourced where possible. He brings considerable practical knowledge and experience of delivering building projects and his philosophy for aspiring architects is “learn by doing”.
Rachel completed her ARB Part 2 Architecture qualification in 2015 at the Centre for Alternative Technology, where she developed her interest in sustainable building. During her studies she was heavily involved in research into the use of natural materials in construction, with a particular focus on hemp and lime. Rachel also has a BSc (hons) Architecture degree from the University of Bath, and experience working in the humanitarian sector providing shelter after disasters.
Rachel joined Native as an Architectural Assistant in 2016, where she can apply her understanding of sustainable building techniques in practice. She is currently working towards starting her RIBA Part 3 qualifications and completing her architectural training.
Andrew became a member of the Native team joining in 2014. He has 9 years of experience in practice, and has recently completed his BSc (Hons) degree in Architectural Technology at Sheffield Hallam University. He was elected as an associate member of the chartered institute of Architectural technologists in 2009, and is currently in the processed of achieving full chartered status.
Andrew’s area of expertise is in the refurbishment and restoration of historic properties. He actively promotes the use of natural building materials with sustainable technologies and techniques to upgrade the performance and preserve their original character and significance.
Andrew obtained his RIBA Part 1 at Sheffield Hallam University, the place that sparked his interest in environmentally driven design. He worked for a small practice on Merseyside during his year out and stayed in the North West to study for his Masters at Liverpool John Moores. Andrew wrote his dissertation on sustainable self-builds and later presented it at an international housing conference before completing his thesis project; a vocational day centre based around material reclamation that was designed using natural materials.
Following graduation in the summer of 2016, Andrew joined Native keen to explore his passion for sustainable architecture and he is currently developing his knowledge and technical skills first hand whilst also working towards his RIBA Part 3 examination.
Evie completed her RIBA part 1 at Northumbria University in 2016. It was here that she was encouraged to study sustainability and incorporate it into her student design projects.
She has a keen interest in building heritage and community architecture which stems from her involvement in the North East charity, Northern Architecture. Here she was involved in events and publications, which were created to enhance the quality of communities and enhance their knowledge of architecture.
Evie has joined Native after graduating from Northumbria and is keen to continue her learning in communal and sustainable architecture.
James completed an ARB part 2 at the Centre for Alternative Technology in 2016. Prior to this he was a secondary school Design and Technology teacher. His interest in and learning about sustainable materials and construction started in teaching, developed during his time at CAT and is now coming to fruition with Native. He particularly enjoys working with hemp and rammed earth.
James joined Native as an Architectural Technician in 2017 and is in the process of becoming an Architectural Technologist. With well developed practical skills James is as comfortable ‘on the tools’ as he is in the studio. He is also interested in how the construction industry can develop nationally recognised training and certification for sustainable materials, making materials which are currently seen as niche, into mainstream building materials. He intends to use his teaching experience to further this agenda.