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

CREATIVE DIRECTOR a few words a few words

Baca Architects were founded in 2003 with the aim of integrating landscape, and low carbon technology to create beautiful enduring architecture and cities. Baca Architects has gone on to establish a core specialism in waterfront architecture and flood resilience. Now, more than a decade of practice later, 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. ​Richard Coutts co-founded Baca in 2003 and since 2016 is the Team Principal of the practice. The team around him are brought together in their enthusiasm for designing at all scales in response to water-based themes, including flood resilience. Our office is open plan and convivial. We share ideas and knowledge. We love our clients to visit us in our office and become a key part of the design team. ​




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