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, FRIBA, ARB, UDG


Robert Pattison is the Creative Director of Baca Architects and has helped lead the practice since 2003,  and more recently established the Northern office in Leeds. 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



The Team 


"When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved."




Baca directors Richard Coutts and Robert Pattison have collaborated for over 20 years. First as students at Sheffield University, then professionally as the core members of Baca Architects.

About Us

"Sketching is at the heart of the 

art of Architecture"



Since forming Baca, the duo have ensured that hand drawing and model making is intrinsic to the practice's creative process. Hand drawing is very much a core requirement of the recruitment process for design team members.


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