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about our riba practice

Homes are an emotional and financial investment. There is real value in what we do here at Absolute Architecture because we help ensure your aspirations are delivered within your means, to best add value to your home. We listen closely to what you want your home to become and utilise our expertise to make it happen. By providing the support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, we have become the go-to residential architecture practice for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise.

Our focus on home architecture within a 45-mile radius of Newbury, Berkshire is key to our success. It allows us to channel and refine our expertise and match the right builders and suppliers to your unique needs. You’ll really value our contribution, and most importantly, prosper from it.

Our Homeowners tell us it’s the way we listen and the extra value we add that make us that bit different.

about our riba practice

Homes are an emotional and financial investment. There is real value in what we do here at Absolute Architecture because we help ensure your aspirations are delivered within your means, to best add value to your home. We listen closely to what you want your home to become and utilise our expertise to make it happen. By providing the support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, we have become the go-to residential architecture practice for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise.

Our focus on home architecture within a 45-mile radius of Newbury, Berkshire is key to our success. It allows us to channel and refine our expertise and match the right builders and suppliers to your unique needs. You’ll really value our contribution, and most importantly, prosper from it.

Our Homeowners tell us it’s the way we listen and the extra value we add that make us that bit different.

This is our story

Absolute Architecture, founded by Kate Cooper in 2008, is a RIBA Chartered Practice that proudly holds the Passivhaus accreditation. Our mission is to create dream homes that exceed expectations. Now supported by a team of 8 Absolute Architecture remains focused on the local area – staying within a 45-mile radius of Newbury. This allows us to provide a high-quality, hands-on service; creating homes with real architectural merit that are environmentally sustainable, reflect our clients’ personal style and are a joy to live in.

Years of local service

Happy homeowners

Team members

Meet the Team

When Kate Cooper founded Absolute Architecture in 2008 she brought together her passion for eco-sustainability and her talent for blending modern living with period architecture. She now leads a team of architects, designers, technicians and project managers in the studio and together they work with the best local builders and craftsmen to create the home you’ve always dreamed off.

Kate Cooper

Founder and Lead Architect

Kate is passionate about helping homeowners achieve a better way of living by designing bespoke residential homes. She has a real passion for local vernacular and period architecture, having spent formative years completing sensitive, surgical conservation and restoration work. She also developed a real soft spot for transforming mid-century homes when she renovated her own post-war, ugly duckling into a contemporary eco home and studio.

Though her passion is for home architecture in the areas surrounding her childhood village, Kate has worked all over the world managing multimillion pound projects in the leisure, retail and healthcare sectors. Before returning to Newbury with her young family to set up Absolute Architecture, Kate worked for leading architectural firms in Edinburgh, Seville and London.

When she gets some spare time, Kate is embarking on the renovation of a holiday home on the Isle of Wight, unable to resist another personal project! She also enjoys walking the dog – Barney, paddle boarding, cycling up hills and taking on crazy running challenges.

Kate Cooper

Founder & Lead Architect

Gareth Talbot

Senior Architect

Gareth is an experienced Architect working across a range of sectors, scales and complexities. He is passionate about the design and delivery of creative sustainable buildings that are long-lasting, capitalise on passive benefits and achieve low energy solutions.

Qualifying at Portsmouth University, his career has been focused around Hampshire and Berkshire. He is the resident sportsman at Absolute Architecture, enjoying squash, tennis, cycling and sailing in his spare time.

Gareth Talbot

Senior Architect

Ben Fisher

Senior Technical Architect

Ben is driven by transforming peoples’ homes to create contemporary spaces that are bespoke to their needs. After achieving his qualifications at Arts University Bournemouth and Nottingham University his work has taken him to London, Vienna, Berlin and Winchester before joining Absolute Architecture.

With a passion for design, it’s unsurprising that he enjoys his own DIY and house refurbishment projects in his spare time, alongside a good work out at the gym and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Ben Fisher

Senior Technical Architect

Martin Gibbs

Architectural Assistant

Martin attended Oxford School of Architecture and has 30 years of experience across a broad range of sectors in the Hampshire and Berkshire areas. His wealth of experience on residential work is highly valued at Absolute Architecture and includes new build houses, flatted developments, conversions, extensions, listed buildings, planning and building regulation packages.

When he’s away from the studio Martin happily counts himself as a ‘fair weather’ cyclist and has completed several charitable events in recent years.

Martin Gibbs

Architectural Assistant

Buster Collins

Cad Technician

Buster is our survey guy. He has also embraced our new Twin Motion software and is producing some very cool Virtual Reality video tours. He went to university in Winchester and wants to spend his life making a difference and helping people design their dream homes.

He is a Karate black belt and enjoys climbing and board games.

Buster Collins

CAD Technician

Jo Mitchell

Project Manager

Jo is a stickler for detail. Ensuring all projects are managed with the utmost attention, Jo is focused on every project achieving the desired space and interior that the client has always envisioned, down to every detail. From her initial studies at the University of West London, Jo’s career path is a truly international one spanning from Europe to the Far East.

Back on UK soil she relaxes by managing her own home renovation project, taking in the British countryside on long dog walks and indulging in good food with family and friends.

Jo Mitchell

Project Manager

Kate Waite

Office manager

Having spent most of her career working in the property field, Kate is now turning her organisational skills to Absolute Architecture. She makes sure the office runs smoothly – keeping on top of everything from invoicing and credit control to making sure there is milk in the fridge.

Having grown up in Lymington, Kate still loves to get onto the water whenever possible but, as well as sailing, also enjoys clay pigeon shooting and the ongoing training of her working dogs.

Kate Waite

Office Manager

Paulina Arazna

Junior Architectural Technician

Witnessing the final build after contributing to the development of architectural concepts and plans is what Paulina finds so satisfying about her job. Completing her bachelor’s degree in architectural technology at Middlesex University, she has worked on a variety of local projects in Berkshire and Reading before joining Absolute Architecture.

Her energy and creativity extend beyond work and in her spare time she enjoys exploring artistic make-up, spending time with her loved ones, or very impressively setting off on another bouldering adventure!

Paulina Arazna

Architectural Technician

This is what makes us different

Every home we design is unique because every homeowner we collaborate with is unique. Each bespoke design begins, as everything does with us, with you talking and us listening. You sharing your vision, telling us how you see yourself living in your new home. Putting ourselves in your shoes ensures we consider every detail, no matter how small, and can guide you through the process every step of the way.

Aspirational design & build

As a home architecture practice, we are focused on home designs that enhance the way real, modern people live. Absolute Architecture

Eco-friendly architecture

Absolute Architecture can help you embrace a greener, healthier home life and help you reduce your monthly energy costs.

Local residential expertise

We can get the planning permission, estimate the true costs and value of designs, and connect you with the right suppliers.

Creative thinking & design

Skilled in all styles of residential architecture designs and a RIBA Chartered Practice, we have the professionalism you can trust.

Caring about our clients

We are experienced architects that  strive to understand your needs so we can provide the right support to create your dream home.

Conscious budget control

Our home architecture approach is tailored  to your needs so that we can deliver your home on time and within your budget.

Explore our portfolio

Everyone’s dream home starts as an idea, and here at Absolute Architecture, we pride ourselves on turning those ideas into an everyday reality. Take a peek at some of our featured home galleries or click the button below to explore all the home designs we have on our website.

Exterior remodel and extension

Newbury, Berkshire

See inside our founder’s own home, which we renovated from top to bottom. An extension and completely redoing the outside transformed this 1970s house into a dream home.

Contemporary home extension

Reading, Berkshire

Achieving a seamless blend between old and new, the stunning roof terrace and floor to ceiling glass on the riverside provides  amazing views for this secluded haven. 

Interior design and renovation

Newbury, Berkshire

Over the course of four renovation phases, we transformed the interiors, converted the loft space ,and built a beautiful oak framed garden room and spiral wine cellar.

Let us inspire you

Y ou can make your dream home a reality. You just need some help getting there. Get some inspiration for what’s possible by exploring our previous home projects showcased on Houzz and viewing our mood boards on Pinterest. You should also head over to our ‘We love’ page to see our favourite resources for making a statement with unique interior design.
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ABSOLUTE ARCHITECTURE

Providing tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered and Passivhaus accredited practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.

CONTACT US 

Phone

01635 528188

Email

mail@absolute-architecture.co.uk

Office

Commercial House
53B Kingsbridge Rd,
Newbury, Berkshire
RG14 6DY