Barefoot Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice run by architects Sam Goss and Rob Hankey. Our studio is located at Unit 4.8 within the Paintworks Creative Enterprise Hub, and opens onto the Event Space Courtyard below the Boca Bar. We welcome visitors to drop-in, and run an open door policy to our friendly office!
Sam and Rob both grew up in Dorset. Sam subsequently studied for both his degree and masters at Sheffield University, gaining a dual first class degree in an innovative new course in Architecture and Landscape in 2003. He subsequently worked for leading sustainable architects Architype in London, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Bath, where as a project architect he delivered award winning Education projects in the Schools, Arts and Higher Education Sector.
Rob joined Sam as a Director at the beginning of 2016 having worked previously at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and latterly at Millar Howard Workshop in Stroud. Rob brings a wealth of experience in the Custom-Build Housing Sector. Before studying architecture at Southbank and Cardiff Universities, he completed a degree in Product Design. A keen eye for detail, craft and technical resolution, Rob brings a variety of technical, managerial and contractual experience to the practice.
Why Barefoot?! Several reasons - not least because we work our socks off for our clients! More seriously, we believe in low impact, low energy buildings with minimal environmental footprint. The name also derives from the principle of the 'barefoot doctors' of China who travelled between communities to provide essential medical services to people who did not readily have access to them. Similarly, our attitude and approach is to provide highly professional Architectural and Design services to a broad range of clients; particularly community groups who may not ordinarily feel that they have access to them.
The first major built work of the practice was Chalk Wall House in Dorset. This typifies our approach by using creative strategic design solutions to develop beautiful, customised sustainable architecture on difficult sites, where gaining a planning consent was far from straightforward. It was developed in a strong collaboration with Integral Structural Engineering (Bath) and extensive testing by the University of Bath's Professor Peter Walker.
Our current portfolio of projects demonstrates a wide range of interests, but with a focus on custom build housing projects at all scales - from remodelling and extensions to one-off houses and larger scale housing schemes.