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About Us

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OUR PRACTICE

 

MKA specialise in designing environmentally conscious, innovative and contemporary architecture. We use the latest construction methods and technologies to produce climate responsive high-quality buildings to enhance people’s lives. We are a small award-winning RIBA practice with a leading reputation for designing low to zero energy buildings and spaces for end-user clients.

We instinctively address sustainability and energy efficiency whilst ensuring any piece of architecture successfully integrates into its build environment. Each project is unique and time is taken to thoroughly understand a client’s requirements before design development commences. The resultant architectural solution involves a layered process which embodies practice principles with project-specific studies and research.

MKA are a Chartered RIBA Practice and Association for Environmental Conscious Building (AECB), Green Register of Construction Professionals and Affiliated CIBSE members.

AWARDS & PRESS

 

2018    RIBA Award – Submission: Wainwright Office Extension

2012    Published Book (Contribution) – 1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects

2011    Detail Green 01/11 (Magazine Article) – Minehead EYE

2011    LABC Building Excellence Award – Winner: Somerset Earth Science Centre

2010    Detail (Magazine Article) – Somerset Earth Science Centre

2010    RIBA Award – Shortlisted: Somerset Earth Science Centre

2009    Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards – Reader’s Choice Winner Best Contemporary House – Tristram Eco-House / Outrigger

2008    Published Book (Contribution) – Floating Mobile Architecture: SolarHome

2007    National Competition Winner – Minehead EYE

2006    DfES Open House Exemplar Award – St Nicholas Primary School (with NVB)

2003    BANES Competition Winner – Trinity Primary School & St Nicholas Primary School (with NVB)

2002    RIBA Award Winner – Birmingham Hippodrome (with AA)

ENDORSEMENTS

Lakeside Park Ltd

We have worked with Mark Kingsley Architects both as a provider of structural engineering support and as a client. On all occasions, when we have worked together, we have been very impressed with the level of and attention to the detail they provide. It is always a pleasure to work with and learn from talented professionals such as Mark Kingsley Architects and we would have no hesitation in recommending them

Andy Montacute, MD

John Wainwright & Company Ltd

Mark and his team have always shown a great ability to understand our brief and deliver architectural designs that embody our company ethos. Wainwright has a clear vision of what our business stands for. MKA understands that and brings it to life with graceful ideas that never fail to impress

Joni Stoker, PA to CEO and Office Manager

Minehead EYE CIC

We worked with Mark Kingsley Architects on our £3.4m new build youth and community centre. MKA were professional and supportive throughout the process with excellent attention to detail. MKA were able to translate our vision to design and help us to get the building we wanted

Naomi Griffith, Chair

Tristram Ecohouse / “Outrigger”

Mark Kingsley Architects designed and managed the build of our contemporary home in Polzeath. The design exploited the magnificent view and met all our accommodation needs. They interpreted our own wishes with great attention to detail, creating a house we love, which is comfortable to live in, and very economical to run. We have the highest opinion of the services provided

David & Gail Webb

John Wainwright & Co Ltd

The team at MKA has consistently helped us articulate our vision and brought it to life with impressive architecture that conveys the very essence of our business. The company has been great to work with – creatively exciting, conscientious and good at detail, and highly trustworthy. Mark and his team come highly recommended.

Peter Barkwill, CEO

OUR ETHOS

MKA look to create architecture which improves people’s lives and their environments.

We look to work with like-minded clients and developers. The ethos on which a proposed project is based, regardless of size, is of primary importance. The objective being to produce, through good design, an architectural contribution to the built environment which has the lowest environmental footprint possible.

We firmly believe and have a track record that demonstrates that good quality design adds value.

PEOPLE

 

Mark Kingsley is a Chartered Architect, Director of MKA with an MSc in Energy Efficient & Sustainable Building (Oxford). Mark is an award-winning Architect, Environmental Consultant, Lecturer & Expert (Ecobuild, Home-Building & Renovation, Grand Designs Live). AECB Group Leader (Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon & Dorset).

 

Mark Kingsley’s experience started on site as a Bricklayer and Site Manager before becoming an Architect. Prior to founding Mark Kingsley Architects in 2004 he worked at NVB Architects, Associated Architects and Abbey Hanson Rowe, designing commercial, education, performance arts, community & domestic projects.

 

Mark Kingsley

Director

Sustainability

We remain as committed as ever to designing contemporary environmentally responsive architectural solutions.

Sustainability and environmental issues have become more main-stream now than when MKA was formed in 2004. Then we were among a small group of UK architect’s practices who pioneered environmentally responsive design based on research carried out and scientific & technical data provided by The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB), The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), The Building Research Establishment (BRE). Now our knowledge and experience of environmental design is extensive.

To date, we have designed and delivered 12 environmental benchmarked buildings, including 2 x Zero Energy Developments (ZED), 5 x AECB CarbonLite Silver and 1 x UK Passivhaus. In 2008, Somerset Earth Science Centre was one of the first UK certified Zero Energy Developments. In 2009, Tristram Ecohouse was one of the first dwellings to achieve the AECB CarbonLite Silver Standard.

COLLABORATIONS

 

MKA collaborate with other architectural practices, designers, builders, engineers and construction professionals on a wide variety of projects. Our role varies with each commission from lead designers, concept designers, environmental designers and consultants.

 

MKA is supported by a network of fellow professionals and specialist consultants whose complementary skills support the success of each project.

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