Having worked in the field of architecture for 20 years in a number of creative and innovative practices, as well as 'learning the trade' with traditional conservation architects in Devon, Dale set up his own practice in 2009. Born and raised on the Somerset Devon border, he moved to London to study architecture, firstly at Kingston University for a degree then at Southbank University for a diploma. For the last eight years he has lived and worked in East Sussex, somewhere he spent a lot of time during his 20 years living and working in London. His life long passion for architecture drives the practice and its aim of creating beautiful buildings of depth and integrity.
'It’s incredible and humbling to have an occupation that one enjoys so much and gains so much pleasure from, which at the same time makes the people you work for so happy. It's a great privilege!'
To Cause No Harm: The core value of our company is to always be mindful, in whatever we do, of positively contributing to a better environment and to better communities, both at a local level within our clients sphere and in the broader sense at a global level. To this end we will not suggest the use of materials, products or services which may be harmful to any sentient beings or to the environment.
As a company we endeavour to maintain the highest environmental protection standards. Current thought, as manifested in the Building Regulations and government policy, emphasises the reduction in carbon emissions. We keep an open mind and reserve judgement regarding any damage caused by these emissions and possible so called 'climate change', as scientists debate the issues, but fully support the development of sustainable energy sources and sustainable building in general as a way of helping to ensure the dynamic future and wellbeing of the planet and the natural systems which live upon it.
Profit is not a driving ambition of our company. Fair fees for high quality work are charged, and any profits are ethically invested, where the maximum benifit to people and the environment, either locally or globally, can be achieved.
Tobias studied Architecture at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany and at the University of East London and is a fully qualified ARB registered Architect. He joined Elemental Architecture as Director in 2014 after working for Jeff Kahane and Associates, the Tibet Heritage Fund in Ladakh, India and for Witherford Watson Mann Architects in London. His particular interests include working with natural materials and the use of alternative building methods, and he has extensive expertise in the incorporation of passive energy design and renewable technologies into the practice's projects.
'After working for other practices as project architect, joining Elemental is proving a great opportunity to use my experience and knowledge with full creatve integrity on exciting projects within our practice and to the benefit of our clients.'
Carolina is an experienced interior designer and a qualified lighting designer, and an important part of the team at elemental. Having been a partner with Dale in elementals previous manifestation Baranski Allen Design Ltd, Carol has a close affinity with the design ethos of the practice, and is invaluable in her role advising on the broader scope within the architectural field. Having studied and trained in her home country, Brazil, Carol moved to the UK more than fifteen years ago, working with well known interior and lighting designers, including Joanna Wood, prior to joining first BAD then elemental.
'My passion for interior design and enhancing the way people live has been a life long persuit, and I love working with the team at elemental. The projects are exciting and innovative, pushing convention and our understanding of the way we live'.
We aim to provide our clients with an exemplary architectural service, crafting beautifully designed solutions to individual requirements and producing finished buildings of the very highest standard and integrity.
Combining a rigorous professional ethos with innovative creative thinking, our work has an energy and vitality that aims to improve the quality of our clients lives. Every client is given the individual and focused attention needed to realise the best possible result in accordance with their sensibilities.
Our primary aim is to create and build homes that fulfil our clients requirements on multiple levels. To acheive this we open up potential in the clients brief to find designs and solutions that may not have been immediately obvious, providing an end result often far exceeding expectations.
We endevour to create homes that have an embodied, inherent and natural sustainability. We believe that any building, existing or new, can, with careful thought, be built or refurbished to high energy efficiency and ecologically sound standards. We are constantly researching ways of using traditional, time proven materials and methods of construction to achieve this in contemporary dwellings, reducing or eliminating the need for expensive 'eco' technology.