Business Description

Architect RIBA, client design adviser/champion, client sustainability adviser/champion, low/zero carbon building consultancy, master-planning, Passivhaus.

I work both as a practising architect and client sustainable design adviser for larger residential/mixed developments, including advising on design brief, appropriate and measurable environmental standards, appointment of architects and design team, procurement/building contracts, ongoing design champion and project sustainability champion services.

Full architectural services for single homes and smaller residential schemes.

I’ve designed a wide range of award-winning residential, urban regeneration, educational and arts buildings. Since my student days I’ve always advocated low- and zero-carbon architecture, and received the RIBA Sustainability Award in 2005 at Associated Architects.

Working freelance, having previously been a partner and senior associate at Associated Architects, I’m now able to share my expertise on a wide range of projects both within and beyond Associated Architects.

zero carbon house 103 Tindal Street Birmingham

Balsall Heath
B12 9QU
United Kingdom
zero carbon house, Birmingham

Completed in 2009 this is UK’s first zero carbon retrofit, making it the first existing house to have been extended and upgraded to one of the most exacting standards in green design, Level 6 of the original UK Code for Sustainable Homes.

The building has been recognised by RIBA, Civic Trust, BREEAM and AJ Retofit Awards.  Monitored building performance, ultra-low carbon building materials. “I have seen the future – and it’s in Birmingham” – The Times

Bournville Village Trust, Birmingham

Master-planning, client design champion and sustainability champion.


John Christophers