Our Team, Native Architects

Sally Kirk Walker


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.

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Chris Walker


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”.

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James Newton

James is a Chartered Architectural Technologist who joined Native in 2006. James is a specialist in low carbon, building techniques – working with various forms of renewable materials, he has developed a good understanding of building with straw bale, hemp, earth and lime through engagement with suppliers, specialist installers and through onsite experience.

Keen on straw, James is training with the School of Natural Building (SNaB) and is Development Director for the Association of Straw Bale Building Association UK (SBUK)

As cofounder of YorSpace, James is gaining invaluable first hand experience of Community led housing and is passionate about delivering low cost, cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable homes that create and sustain community.

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Louise Fuller

Practice Administrator

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.

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Rachel Trend

Rachel qualified as an Architect in October 2017, after joining Native as an Architectural Assistant in early 2016. She is passionate about the social role of architecture, particularly in mitigating and adapting to climate change, and has a strong background in sustainable design with practical experience of using and specifying natural materials in construction.

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.

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Andrew Neal

Andrew joined Native in 2014, as an Architectural Technologist. He has 12 years of experience in practice and was elected as an associate member of the chartered institute of Architectural Technologists in 2009.

Andrew is currently working with several private clients acting as contract administrator, quantity surveyor and designer throughout the construction phase of several Listed buildings projects. He covers a wide range of professional work and is able to bring his experience and enthusiasm to engage with heritage skilled craftsman, contractors, and natural product suppliers on site. He promotes the use of natural building materials, traditional construction techniques and breathable building specifications, to help clients achieve their ambitions.

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Andrew Jarman

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.

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Evie Spiridon

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.

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James Nolan

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.

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Robert Walker

Robert joined the practice in March as a full time member of the building team working on the conservation and conversion of the Granary at Lingcroft Farm, Fulford. The building will be Native’s new office opening November 2017.

Robert has experience in many areas of the construction industry and has completed brick repairs, re-pointing, drainage work, roofing and tiling at the Granary.

Works are expected to be completed this year.