The idea for Native Architects was formed when Sally was working for the University of York at King’s Manor in the mid-1990s, completing commissioned research for the then BRE, the world’s leading building science centre based in Watford and the UK’s largest charity dedicated specifically to research and education in the built environment.
The BRE’s goal of making the built environment better for all was adopted by Native from day one.
Chris joined Sally in 2005 with a solid foundation of experience working within the rural economy, implementing farm diversification projects using traditional buildings and new build rural estate developments, new housing, work on Listed Buildings, and several Inspecting Architect appointments for both C of E and Non-Conformist churches.
The combined experience of cutting-edge research, practical knowledge of building and a passion for building conservation and environmental sustainability has led to the creation of a dynamic practice with a strong ambition to design the best ‘green’ buildings.
The whole team has been built with that same ethos on rich foundations of experience and the courage to think differently.
Now the team can demonstrate a shared passion for designing beautiful, sustainable buildings and spaces that respond to their context sensitively and are a joy to both live and work in.
Native is deeply committed to designing and constructing an environmentally responsible built environment, whether in an urban or rural setting, and in the past few years our knowledge of bio-based construction materials has enabled many new buildings to be built using these materials and technologies.