Baca was founded eleven years ago by Richard Coutts. Our office is open plan and convivial We share ideas and knowledge. We love our clients to visit us in our office and be a key part of the design team.
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.
John is an internationally experienced architect who has developed strong environmental strategies in practice, teaching and research. His recent research has focussed on façade design and the relationship between infrastructure and urbanism.
John has developed projects across the UK and internationally, working creatively and meticulously through each stage of a project, engaging fully with all relevant disciplines.
As an architect and advisor John is able to offer unique insights into sustainable pathways for a future of resource constraints and climate change with clear leadership through the development process for projects large and small.
Matt graduated from MArch with Distinction from Newcastle University. Matt’s thesis project with Dr Rachel Armstrong explored potential applications of biochemistry within water resilient architecture. He is a passionate and creative thinker who enjoys exploring new approaches to design methodology. Matt has over a decade of experience having worked from the age of fourteen in a local architecture firm, giving him a strong understanding of all stages of the RIBA plan of work, a high level of organisation and excellent client relations. Matt is a core member of the Baca team. Matt loves to draw, is a published illustrator. He is also a keen swimmer and scuba diver.
Martina joined Baca in April 2016. She holds a Bachelor and Master degree of Theory and history of Architecture from the UACEG in Sofia. Martina has gained experience in sustainable architecture during her Erasmus studies in Hamburg and she has worked in several practices in Sofia, Vienna and Rome. Martina is an experienced designer and she is particularly interested in preservation and restoration of historical buildings and contemporary design in historical context.
Neil is an experienced architect with 24 years in practice and proven skills handling large scale projects from stages B through to L with particular focus on concept design, construction information, and site coordination. He combines exceptional freehand 3D drawing skills with practical methodology to produce effective results that satisfy all parties' mutual requirements. Neil understands that any architectural project is judged by its build-ability, utility, elegance and rigorous control of ‘fit and finish’.
DAVID MARCOS LOPEZ
David Marcos joined Baca in August 2017, after studying Architecture in Gran Canaria and completing his formation in Mantova (Italy) and Santiago (Chile). During his final project dissertation, David developed a Hotel complex in Guinea-Bissau, where the necessary strategies to collect water from the rain led him to the main ideas that later composed his master thesis "Umbrella city". David is particularly interested in designing sustainable strategies for urban environments.
Robert Pattison has worked with Baca Architects since 2002 and runs the BacaNorth office. Robert has extensive knowledge of construction detailing and is a gifted design architect. He is passionate about sustainable design having worked on a code level 5 house and is also a qualified ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ assessor. At Baca, Robert is involved with a large range of projects including managing works on the UK’s first amphibious house which went on site in 2013. He played a key part in the design and completion of the award winning Oak House, commended for its green attributes and contribution to improving standards of home sustainability. Robert also has first hand experience in timber frame pre-fabricated construction, low energy building systems and integrated renewable design...
BA (Hons), Dip, MArch, RIBA, ARB
SENIOR ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT
Jeanmarie has worked with Baca for 8 years. Jeanmarie has helped to co-ordinate the growth of the practice from its early establishment and now manages all accounts, book keeping and personnel.
ADMINISTRIATION & FINANCE
RIBA Part3 with 18 years of experience on residential, commercial and mixed-¬use projects. Paola’s experience encompasses all project aspects from inception to construction including contract administration and her professional commitment to the context, the environment, the client and the final user.
Paola has worked in Colombia, the United Kingdom, Russia and Armenia. With remarkable attention to detail and technical solutions, she enjoys detailing and making architectural design of exceptional quality buildable. Paola is currently utilising her expertise in the residential sector in a range of projects from major extensions and alterations to existing buildings to new innovative construction methods within complex built and rural environments.
Geraldine studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She is a Lecturer on BA Architecture at the Cass School of Architecture and Central Saint Martins, UAL. Geraldine has experience working at a range of scales, largely on public sector projects involving local communities. Previously she has worked at Jan Kattein Architects, 5th Studio and Publica. Geraldine established Bathing House as a platform for exploring the poetics in the relationship between water, architecture and the city, which has involved working with Somerset House, the Design Museum and Hermitage Mooring. Drawn to water, Geraldine is a keen swimmer and a sailor.
BSc, DipArch, MArch, ARB, RIBA
BA (Hons), MArch (RIBA Part II)
Patrick joined Baca after completing his Masters in Architecture at the University of Westminster, where his final year dissertation examined the climate change related challenges confronting the built environment (in particular flooding) and the role of architecture in dealing with these new demands. His research into flood-resistant architecture introduced him to the publications and projects by Baca. Patrick worked freelance in London and as a Part 1 in Nottingham after studying his degree at the University of Manchester.
Richard Coutts founded Baca in 2003. 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. He has directed large high profile projects such as the Eiland Veur Lent in 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. Richard 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.
BA (Hons), Dip, MArch, RIBA, ARB, UDG