Our Approach to Design

The Architectural Practice was first established in Northern Ireland in 1992. We are currently based in County Down where we have created a working environment that reflects the knowledge and ethos of the practice.

Rachel Bevan is the lead designer of all projects in the practice. Qualified as a Registered Architect in 1988, she is a member of the RSUA and RIBA.

Tom Woolley is an Architect who is involved in research, consultancy and publications in the field of ecological buildings. As Editor of the “Green Building Digest”, and author of “Natural Building”, Tom Woolley is able to feed practical knowledge into the Architectural Practice of Rachel Bevan Architects. The practice is a member of The Green Register, the Limes Forum & AECB.


To offer our clients a high quality professional service

To involve clients in the design process, using simple card models as well as computer-aided drawings as appropriate, to help communication and understanding

To design projects which respect the existing historic, urban or rural context

To incorporate in our designs, wherever possible, our knowledge of ecological construction, with attention to the health implications of buildings & products

To continue to undertake research work, and feed-back the knowledge into our practice work

           To design buildings of quality that are “practical & enjoyable”