Grain Architecture are passionate about producing creative, high-quality spaces that are healthy, beautiful, functional, durable and efficient, with a positive regenerative impact on the environment.
We do this by designing holistically, taking into account the whole life cycle, including material sourcing, the building performance, the local and global impacts, the reusability, the end of life and regeneration.
For a variety of reasons, we specialise in using natural construction materials wherever possible, such as timber, straw, wood fibre, hemp, lime and clay, and we try to avoid plastics, cement and metals as much as possible.
We care deeply about the environment we live in and the species we share it with. We want a secure future for all, where life thrives.
As individuals we are each actively involved in climate action campaigning, and as a practice we openly support those campaigns and declare a climate and ecological emergency. We take this very seriously, and it impacts every decision we make. We're part of a Natural Materials group within ACAN (Architects Climate Action Network) where we help raise awareness and share knowledge on low-carbon materials and regenerative building.
We measure success in health & happiness, not profit.
We strive to work as a team with our clients and all other involved in a building project, with equal respect and value. We don't believe that working under stress is good for anyone. We've been very lucky so far that all our clients have also highly valued people-care, and we've built up some great relationships and friendships.
Within the Grain team we try to work without hierarchy, valuing everybody in the room equally. We listen to each other, are supportive and play to each other's strengths. We're a small team at the moment, and would like to grow a little more so that we have a more rounded and diverse skill set within the team.
We understand that everybody is different and people work well in different ways and at different times. We embrace flexibility and self-care when it's needed, and we don't believe in working overtime, except on very rare occasions like events. We've been successfully working from home since March 2020, and keep in regular contact with video calls and message chats. We therefore plan to continue remote working, but look forward to being able to meet up for regular catch ups and socials.
We want to work with people who stand up for what they believe is right, who show initiative and enthusiasm, and above all respect and kindness.