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
Baca was founded eleven years ago by Richard Coutts. Baca is led by Richard and Peter Kirsten. 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.
Peter Kirsten, Director
Dip.Eng.-MArch, RIBA, ARB, VBI
Peter Ignaz Kirsten-Beetham joined Baca in 2017 as a director. He has over 10 years experience in different international leading architect and engineering groups with high end multi disciplinary architects end engineers.
His work life started as a Church Painter in Germany with experience in restructuring and conservation of historic and heritage buildings.
With a degree in Architecture Development Management and Material Engineering on the University of Kassel, Peter started his international workspace with AIG Germany and Hybridstone Ltd. as a CEO Shareholder and Owner in Germany and the Middle East. He is particularly interested in renewable energy, sustainability, material design and research and development management.
We are all about designing and making better places for people. From our research projects, focused on mitigating the risks of flooding, through to the experience of working for Baca Architects. Education of our staff and wider community is very important to our philosophy and we are keenly engaged with universities giving several lectures a term in different UK locations. We have been invited to lecture about our flood mitigation research across the world from The Netherlands to New Orleans. We are also actively engaged in policy making with the UK government. We are always keen to get involved in public engagement and advise our clients of the benefits of actively engaging the community in designs from an early stage.