Our Approach to Design

Rachel Bevan Architects was first established in Northern Ireland in 1992. We are currently based in rural 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. She also teaches Architecture part-time at Ulster University.

Tom Woolley is an Architect and Educationalist who is involved in research, consultancy and publications in the field of ecological buildings. His publications include "The Green Building Handbook", "Natural Building", "Building Materials, Health & Indoor Air Quality", "Hemp Lime Construction" and most recently "Thermal Insulation Materials for Building Applications".

Both Rachel and Tom have a specialist interest in construction with Hempcrete (see Published Projects/Hemp Cottage).


To offer our clients a high quality professional service

To involve clients in the design process, using simple card models as well as 3d Cad drawings as appropriate, to help communication and understanding

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

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 both "practical & enjoyable"