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Unit Leader featured in RIBA Journal

14 May 2019

Kate Darby
Kate Darby in Croft Lodge Studio, Herefordshire 2019. Credit: Paul Ligas

Kate Darby of Kate Darby Architects and a unit leader at the Welsh School of Architecture has been featured in the RIBA Journal.

Kate Darby is a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) chartered architect and principle of Kate Darby Architects (KDA). She studied architecture at the Bartlett and the Architectural Association and has combined practice with teaching and research since 1997. Prior to founding KDA she worked for Gianni Botsford Architects in London as a project architect on 'Light House'.

KDA won the Architects’ Journal Small Projects Award in 2017 with Croft Lodge Studio, an extreme salvage of a 300 year old waterlogged outbuilding next to her home in Herefordshire. It also won the Beazley Designs of the Year Award and the RIBA West Midlands Awards 2017.

Kate is also part of Invisible Studio, founded by Piers Taylor, and Studio in the Woods, an ongoing education and research project established in 2005. In 2018, Welsh School of Architecture students took part in Studio in the Woods hosted in the Wyre Forest to explore future uses for the timber from the forest.

Kate is currently co-leading our second year MArch students in the ‘Local Adaptation’ unit with Gianni Botsford. The unit aims to local adaptation of architecture to climate, culture and context based in the Wyre Forest.

The full feature by Eleanor Young can be found on the RIBA Journal website.

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