Ashleigh Clarke Architects

About Us

With 10 years’ experience in the area, we are trusted Cotswold architects and a RIBA Chartered architectural practice. Many of our project proposals have been inspired by the beautiful Cotswold landscape: its colours, contours and light. Since many of our clients live in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), we have built up extensive experience in obtaining Planning Permissions for both Grade II Listed Buildings and properties situated within the AONB. We know the ins and outs of the planning application process, the specialist permissions you may require and we can guide you confidently through each stage.

We are proud to be recommended partners with The Heritage Advisory.

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Everybody understands what we mean by ‘soulless architecture’. A house or a workplace where your heart sinks a little every time you walk through the door.

We put our heart and soul into making every building, extension or renovation a space that you’ll want to be.

It could be a new picture window that inspires you every time you look out. A new school building that inspires your children to be the best they can be. Simple, brilliant spatial solutions are as pleasing as ambitious, innovative architectural designs.

Your project may be residential or commercial. It might be an extension to a modern build or a barn conversion that will combine the quirkiness of a traditional oak beamed building with contemporary floor to ceiling glazing. The morning light falling on a wall, or a panoramic window that reveals the changing seasons is something to take quiet pleasure in, every single day.

What matters to us is that each of our buildings is not simply fit-for-purpose but designed for living.

“It’s incredibly satisfying to design spaces that inspire people and bring calm.”

Ashleigh Clarke, Founder and Architect

What ambitious architecture means to me

Words by: Ashleigh Clarke, Founder

“Growing up, I was constantly drawing, painting or modelling. Taking inspiration from the world I saw around me and recreating it in a different medium. I’d be watching Tom and Jerry whilst drawing a picture of Tom. Sketching or sculpting. Sometimes I’d sit outside with my paintbox and sketchpad. People would stop and comment, once or twice they even asked if they could buy a painting!

Looking back, I think I was always fascinated by how we turn the ideas in our imagination into a 3-dimensional reality. I was always intensely practical. I need to know how something will work in reality. When I was studying architecture, I would occasionally clash with my tutors because I couldn’t see the point of designing a hanging waterfall or a suspended glass walkway that wasn’t going to be fully achievable, functional and fit-for-purpose, as well as stunning to look at.

I’ve been creating architectural design for clients for nearly a decade now. I’ve always found that better solutions come from the challenges of the real world – the slope of the land, a height restriction, practical access or available light.

When I design, I continually test my idea against two key questions – why am I building this and how will it work? Otherwise, how can I honestly answer a client’s question when they say – can we remove that beam? Can that window be floor to ceiling?

That means that, when I show you the initial concept drawings and plans, I’m as inspired by them as I hope you are. Because I know we can make them happen and they will be the best.”

Ashleigh Clarke

Ashleigh Clarke

Founder and Consulting Architect

Victoria Clarke

Victoria Clarke

Director

Lisa Hoye

Lisa Hoye

Creative Personal Assistant

Mark Sanderson

Mark Sanderson

Heritage Consultant

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