Baca Architects

A Practice with Vision!


Baca Architects were founded in 2003 with the aim of integrating landscape, building science and low carbon technology to create beautiful enduring architecture and cities. Baca Architects has established a core specialism in waterfront and water architecture. Now, after 13 years of practice, Baca has delivered numerous innovative

and award winning projects across a range of sectors in the UK and abroad. Over this period, the practice has maintained a 100% planning record from small one-off schemes on highly sensitive sites to managing complex and challenging issues for large masterplans for hundreds of homes.


Baca have received numerous awards from the project and research work from national organisations such as the RIBA and international organisations such as IULA. Prestigious awards include: the RIBA Presidents award for research, Evening Standard Best New Homes, Waterways Renaissance Award, International Urban Landscape Award and EU Regio Star Award.

Ten reasons to choose Baca

  • 100% planning success over 12 years of practice
  • Realise solutions fast with quality real-time drawing
  • Versatile approach to tackle complex issues
  • Our designs create a sense of place
  • Our clear methodology wins public support
  • Our designs create harmony with surroundings
  • We are international leaders in Aquatecture
  • We delivered the UK’s 1st Amphibious House
  • We achieve excellence with limited budgets
  • Our work leaves a positive legacy and wins awards

Cristina Cazorla

David Marcos

Geraldine Holland

Jeanmarie Royes

Katja Kostrencic

Martina Chokova

Matt Sharman-Hayles

Neil Sida-Murray

Paola Ferreira

Patrick Carter

Richard Coutts

Robert Pattison


Baca was founded eleven years ago by Richard Coutts. Our office is open plan and convivial to the sharing of ideas and knowledge. We love our clients to visit us in our office and be a key part of the design team. We have a young and dynamic team. Always keen to explore new ideas and develop innovative designs. We take the social side of our business seriously with informal weekly socials and team trips to discover new architecture and

 share together the benefits of our hard work. Our open plan office allows us to work collaboratively and creatively. We discuss projects informally sharing knowledge and assisting each other with designs. Once a week we have more formal presentations of work on our magnetic presentation wall where the whole team can input ideas. We love our clients to visit us in the office and be a key part of the design team.

Richard Coutts, Director

BA (Hons), Dip, MArch, RIBA, ARB, UDG
Richard is a Chartered Architect with over 15 years experience. With a Master’s degree in daylighting and PV technology from Sheffield University, he is particularly interested in renewable energy, sustainability and low carbon design. Richard has directed large high profile projects such as the Eiland Veur Lent and Nijmegen, a new ‘eco-leisure’ destination in The Netherlands; the Waterspace

Strategy for UNESCO World Heritage Site – Liverpool South Docks and an array of high quality one-off architectural projects for private clients. He has also designed several unique memorials for Her Majesty’s Royal Marines and is a professional illustrator. He formerly worked for Sir Terry Farrell & Partners and Dr. Ken Yeang in Malaysia and Australia, including working as resident site architect for the Guthrie Pavilion – Winner of Aga Kahn Best Building in Asia 2000.