Who We Are2019-05-16T18:32:43+00:00

Who We Are

Alan Budden Chartered RIBA ARB Architect

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Alan Budden

Director / Chartered Architect / Certified Passivhaus Designer

Alan is the founding director of Eco Design Consultants, forming the company in 2008. As director Alan is involved in every project in the office sharing his skills as a chartered Architect and certified European Passivhaus Designer.

With a life-long commitment to social and environmental sustainability, Alan has led the Eco Design Consultants Team to design projects to both Passivhaus Classic, Plus and EnerPHit and the AECB standard. Previously he has led on innovative projects such as the Sigma Home, the country’s first 5 Star house under the Code for Sustainable homes.

Alan acts as a consultant and lecturer to share his passion and knowledge of sustainability, passive design and future proofing. He has taught Architecture at Birmingham City University and the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka under the auspice of VSO and spoken at various conferences including the International Passivhaus conference.

John Williams ARB Architect

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John Williams

Architect

John has worked on a variety of building types in his career with a focus on the delivery of quality residential homes, the linking factor is his enthusiasm for interrogating a client’s initial brief to deliver practical and workable design solutions. He has a particular interest in sourcing low tech robust solutions to improve both buildability and quality of the end product.

Since joining the Eco Design team John has worked to obtain planning permission for a new Passivhaus in Cambridgeshire and the technical design of a retrofit project in Oxford which aims to reduce carbon emissions, on a limited carbon budget. He is currently working on a new paragraph 79 Passivhaus in Bedfordshire.

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Katie Young

Architectural Assistant

Katie has refined her skills as an Architectural Assistant working with Architectural practices on projects ranging from masterplanning to educational facilities, conservation work and private housing, and from feasibility to on-site support.

She has become increasingly interested in Passivhaus and sustainable design, her master’s thesis examined how different building construction types can help to achieve an airtight building.  This interest in sustainable design attracted her to Eco Design Consultants in 2015 when she joined the design team to assist with developing a Passivhaus cohousing scheme in Milton Keynes.

Since joining us Katie has worked on several individual and larger scale residential projects from feasibility stage through to working drawings and completion. She has also helped work on several publications for the NHBC foundation alongside Cutland Consulting. These publications include an important guide on the importance effect of the shape and form of building, for its energy demand– ‘The challenge of shape and form- understanding the benefits of efficient design’.

Kate Baker-Munton Architectural Assistant

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Kate Baker-Munton

Architectural Assistant/Certified Passivhaus Designer

Kate joined Eco Design Consultants after obtaining a MEng in Civil and Architectural Engineering at the University of Bath. Having already gained her certified European Passivhaus Consultant qualification, she is assisting on a number of projects which are applying Passivhaus principles to improve thermal performance and comfort.

Kate is passionate about environmental design particularly retrofitting existing dwellings and is currently working on an extension to a terraced home in Birmingham as well as a residential retrofit in a conservation area in Milton Keynes.

Arjun Chopra Architectural Assistant

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Arjun Chopra

Architectural Assistant

Since completing his Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology Arjun has been involved with large infrastructure projects, focusing predominately on the feasibility stage. Already experienced in residential architecture he was keen to return to housing.

Arjun has a keen interest in studying sustainability. His masters project proposed a zero-concrete sustainable housing and leisure complex, with a youth center at its heart. Arjun is an active member of Transition Town and is a certified permaculture designer.

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Donna Budden

Business Development Director

Donna’s management experience includes the voluntary, statutory and corporate sectors both in the UK and internationally. She is skilled in project management, communicating to a variety of audiences and balancing conflicting demands.

She is responsible for day-to-day practice operation, including the integration of QA, health and safety, finance and HR. She also coordinates the ISO 9001: Quality Management and ISO:14001 Environmental Management accreditations for Eco Design Consultants.