Barreto-Smith Architects is a Canterbury based architectural studio with a passion for reinvigorating existing buildings and working with sensitive sites.
We have the expertise to deliver beautifully crafted buildings which are both uplifting and functional. We achieve this through a thoughtful design process and a hands-on collaborative approach.
We believe that the most successful buildings are the ones designed in close collaboration with our clients. We advocate regular design workshops to encourage an open and honest dialogue between client and architect. By using a range of design tools such as physical models, sketches, and three-dimensional representation we help our clients to truly engage with and contribute to the development of the design.
At the heart of what we do is a desire to do the right thing for our planet. We pride ourselves on creating sustainable and socially responsible buildings. We believe that one of the most effective approaches is to breathe new life into existing buildings, minimising the carbon footprint of a building over its lifespan. Combined with the use of durable and sustainable materials, this ensures that our buildings are designed to stand the test of time.
We aim to produce memorable and elegant buildings. Our projects do not have a style, instead each responds uniquely to its brief, context, and site history to truly capture the spirit of place.