There is nothing more stimulating to us than completing a building project where the clients feel they have been at the heart of the design project and that we have co-created the spaces they will play, work and live in. The best result is a building emerging as a reflection of their principles and aspiration, in harmony with nature in the shape of a place to inhabit.
Born in Argentina, Sandra originally trained as an architect and urban designer at the University of Buenos Aires. After emigrating to the UK Sandra acquired a Masters in Environmental Design and Engineering at London UCL and completed her UK architectural training at The Bartlett (www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk).
A chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA, www.architecture.com) and registered at the Architect Registration Board (ARB, www.arb.org.uk), she started Inhabitat Design Studios as a means of galvanising her wide experience which she acquired during more than 10 years in practice.
Sandra is also a member of The Green Register (www.greenregister.org.uk) and Transition Network (www.transitionnetwork.org) She has undertaken architectural work on a variety of sectors with particular expertise in high quality residential, educational, community buildings and green architecture. Sandra proactively engages with organisations working to develop stronger local communities and build resilience for a future with less affordable energy and a changing climate.
Caterina is a Windsor-based and ARB registered architect with an extensive professional and academic background with an MA Arch (Hons) and PhD in History of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Turin (Italy). She holds a MBA (Master of Business Administration) and she is a Journalist/Publicist as a second nature. She has developed an interest on Low-Tech Architecture with bespoke sophisticated details as a means for innovation in eco-sustainable Design/Urbanism/Lifestyle. At Inhabitat Architects she is currently focused on interior architecture, research on ecolux and high-end residential architectural design.
She is enthusiastic to immerse herself in the British language and multiculturalism. Caterina enjoys exploring new landscapes and cuisines, supporting ethical food chains. As much as other Inhabitat team members she wishes to help save the Planet!
Derek began his architectural career studying and working in Bristol before moving out to London to specialise in healthcare building design. This enabled him to further develop his passion for complex and thoughtful design through a more anthropological approach to architecture. Later he joined the University of Reading as an in-house design architect which lead to him gaining valuable experience running complex educational projects. In the late 90’s he established The AED Practice working on wide range of projects from one-off houses in the countryside to university jobs with historic, and often highly sensitive contexts. As an experienced architect, and RIBA Charted Architect, he is a very valuable collaborator at Inhabitat.
Never without a project on the go, he spends much of his spare time designing and working on his house and garden near the seaside.
Catherine studied Technological Architecture at Bolton School of Technology in Dublin. Since moving to the Thames Valley, she has worked with a number of local practices in architectural endeavours. Since meeting Sandra, Catherine has assisted Inhabitat by offering her expertise on a number of previous and current projects. She helps with the preparation of construction packages. Her fast thinking and technical knowledge means we can provide clients with timely surveys and design options.
As an enthusiastic marathon runner and committed long distance walker, Catherine loves exploring the countryside and the outdoors.
Andra joined the team in 2018 after completing her Part 2 in Architecture at London South Bank University. She quickly became heavily involved in a number of our projects. She brought with her a wide range of architectural drafting software knowledge. She acquired her experience working for London based architectural practices. A skilled designer, Andra was awarded the RIBA Award of Excellence for her final project of her BA degree in 2016.
Outside the office, Andra enjoys travelling and learning new languages. She also has a particular interest in urban architecture- having travelled to both Asian and European cities to view the architecture. She is a very much welcomed member to the ever-growing team of ‘Inhabitats’.
Oriana joined Inhabitat in 2019. She attended the Universidad Nacional Experimental Politécnica (UNEXPO) in Barquisimeto, Venezuela where she graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Oriana arrived in the UK in 2004 to work in the oil and gas industry. She left the industry in 2015 to make a career change and to focus on her personal life. She loves animals, the outdoors, crafting and spending time taking care of her garden plants.
Oriana is very diligent in her role and dedicated to making sure the studio runs smoothly. She is very people orientated and always available to assist our team in working with clients, contractors and consultants.
Lucett began her architectural career studying at the “Universidad Central de Venezuela” and working in Venezuela in the public and private sectors. She moved to the UK in 2002 and worked in several Berkshire based architectural offices. She joined Inhabitat in 2015 and has been involved in a range of projects from conversions, refurbish, listed buildings, one -off bespoke houses, urban and commercial developments. Lucett has gained a wealth of experience and runs projects across all stages of design and construction phases. She always aims to work towards the clients best interest to give them their best possible solutions within the projects.
Music and dancing are Lucett’s passion. A keen cyclist, she also enjoys exploring the Home Counties riverside villages and country roads.
Hannah joined Inhabitat in 2017 to take on the role of ensuring our studios smooth running. She studied A-Level Media, Maths and Sport Science before doing a 1-year media and communications internship. Hannah has since worked in various front of house roles whilst also pursuing her desire to ‘tread the boards’. She is a natural when it comes to interacting with the clients, contractors and consultants we work with. With a thorough approach, Hannah manages the daily running of the practice.
Outside the studio, Hannah trained at Identity School of Acting and is a member of the National Youth Theatre, she also enjoys attending film festivals where she can meet and chat to other industry professionals.
‘It was a pleasure to work with Sandra and the team at Inhabitat. During my time at the company they provided me with support, encouragement and guidance to succeed in all the projects I was involved in.’
“Inhabitat is a bright architectural studio environment where team members are able to experiment and grow whilst working flexibly on exciting projects.”
Roberto joined the team in 2016 after completing his Part 1 at the University of Westminster and working for architecture studios in London, where he developed an interest in sustainability and Biomimetic architecture. A talented 3D visualiser, he has left us to complete his Part 2 at the Oxford Brookes University.