ALT-Architecture’s ethos is to create buildings and places which are coherently simple, elegantly composed, progressive and imaginative, intrinsically sustainable and, most importantly, embrace the spirit of place.
Founded by Rhian Thomas and Amanda Spence, ALT-Architecture builds on our collective 30 years of experience designing delightful and functional spaces for people to live, to learn and to work. We call Cardiff our home but much of our work is across Wales and beyond.
Our alternative approach to practice explores the edge of architecture, where it meets the disciplines of art, landscape and theory. This intentionally places us away from the middle of the road and challenges preconceptions of value in architecture.
We pursue contemporary projects across a diverse range of type, scale and budget, from installation, to building, to landscape and urbanism. Our work is always underpinned by a critical response to site and context and an ambition to ‘build simply’. Our deep understanding of place, and framework for building simply, along with our Passivhaus Designer accreditation, gives us specialist knowledge and understanding in creating low carbon, low impact buildings and places.
Being a small and agile practice means that we are flexible and adaptable to change. As a small practice, we can maintain creative leadership and the freedom to continue innovating. Both founding partners are directly involved at every stage of the project, and we are immersed in the daily detail of the design process and project management, ensuring continuity and quality. We are approachable and straightforward and understand the value of formulating collaborative, inclusive and communicative working relationships with our clients and communities.
We care about the impact of our work on clients, on the environment, and for ourselves. As such, we strive to create places which are beautiful, ethical and contextual.