Hewitt Studios | About Hewitt Studios - award-winning architects based in Bath
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About

Hewitt Studios are an innovative multi-disciplinary design studio working in urban design, architecture and product design.

 

We work with clients wishing to explore best contemporary practice in seeking the most sustainable project outcomes.

 

Winner of the 2014/15 Sustainability Architect of the Year Award
Finalists in the 2016 Architect of the Year Awards

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ince our inception in 2008 Hewitt Studios has determinedly pursued an accessible and design-led approach to sustainable architecture. Working through a recession in which sustainability was widely perceived as an unaffordable ‘extra’, we have sought to place it fundamentally at the heart of each of our projects – creating outcomes (and value) that wouldn’t have been possible without this impetus; leverage additional funding (Straw Bale Cafe), achieving difficult planning permissions (Limpley Stoke Eco House), underwriting business plans (The Arts Space), reinvigorating brownfield sites (Ralph Allen Yard) and creating inspirational and educational spaces (all of the above).

 

Our definition of a sustainable project is holistic – the economic and social viability of a project is of equal importance to its environmental credentials. This is why something like the Straw Bale Cafe (designed in-conjunction with academia, built by the end users, using local carbon-sequestering materials and for the benefit of their own community) typifies our approach – its not about box ticking, its about collaboration – getting everyone onboard to create a truly sustainable and fully-considered outcome.

Nevertheless, we are happy to work within recognised standards when required and we have delivered buildings to BREEAM and C4SH 5 (zero-carbon) levels.

 

As a result, our projects have attracted widespread interest (on websites like ArchDaily, DesignBoom, Domus & Tree Hugger) as well as multiple plaudits (such as 4no. Green Apple Sustainability Awards) for their green credentials.

 

We have worked BathNES Bath Green Homes initiative to promote awareness of the technology and rationale which has made Ralph Allen Yard a benchmark zero-carbon development.

 

Most recently we have been approached to help develop a model for sustainable transport infrastructure by a leading exponent in the EV industry and we are working with Bristol2015 on its first implementation.

 

In December 2014 we were named the UK’s ‘Sustainable Architect of the Year’ for our pioneering work across the sector.

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TEAM

JOHN HEWITT
Partner | BA DipArch RIBA

John first founded his practice, John Hewitt Architects in 1995, working in the area of regeneration with clients such as New Star and Hydro. Hewitt Studios LLP was established in 2008, focussing on architecture that delivers longer term flexible use for clients and that is more responsive to change. John has extensive experience of leading regeneration in practice and of the articulation of sustainable building technologies. John tutors on the Urban Design and Architecture masters course at Cardiff University.

GILL HEWITT
Partner | MA Design

Gill studied BA (Hons) Surface Design at Bath Spa University followed by an MA Design (Distinction) in 2005. With an Innovation Award from the University, she first developed a flexible modular system of sound absorbing textile wall panels progressing to a range of acoustic products for interiors. Gill leads the Product Design discipline of the practice.

PAUL YOUNGER
Associate | BA BArch RIBA

Paul has a double-first from Newcastle University and almost 20 years experience in the commercial, education and leisure sectors. Environmental sustainability is a key aspect of his work. Paul regularly writes and lectures on the built-environment and has led a post-graduate studio at Nottingham University.

SANDY MURRAY
Architect | MA MArch RIBA

Sandy is a qualified architect, having studied Architectural Design Part I & II at the University of Edinburgh and completing his professional accrediation RIBA Part III at the University of Bath in 2015. He has built a strong portfolio in sustainable development since joining the practice in November 2014, and is currently helping to deliver over £15m of education projects on site.

CHRIS HALL
Architect | BA MArch RIBA
TOBY SMITH
Pt II Assistant | BSc MArch

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