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Nicholas James

Founding Director & Architect


Nick founded KAST Architects in 2014 and is responsible for driving the practice forwards and developing its vision and ethos. He holds a keen interest in the concept of regionalism and a critical awareness of designing in response to locality and climate.

Alex Cox

Architectural Designer

Alex is a Part 2 architectural designer having graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, and prior to that Falmouth University. He has worked for practices in both the UK and Switzerland.

David Jones

Director,  Architect & Certified Passivhaus Designer



David is a fully qualified Architect with a wealth of experience, particularly in the private housing sector. David brings a rigorous and measured approach to his designs and is a Certified Passivhaus Designer.

Jessica Fairlie

Architectural Designer


Jess is a Part 1 architectural designer having recently graduated from the University of Falmouth with First Class Honours and winning a student award for excellence in design.

Adam Collier

Director & Architect



Adam is an architect with experience of working in the UK and Australia. With an eye for high quality design, Adam can quickly turn his hand to a variety of project types.

Narta Sahatciu

Architectural Designer



Narta is a Part 2 architectural designer with a Diploma from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Trieste. She is interested in the creation of elegant and sustainable architecture that responds to its local setting.

Nell Hewett


Nell is a qualified Architect specialising in housing and regeneration with experience working in London, Bristol and Cornwall. Her Masters studies earned her an RIBA Silver Medal Nomination. Nell brings a conscientious and sympathetic approach to her designs.

Joseph Roberts

Architect & Certified Passivhaus Designer



Joe is a qualified Architect and Certified Passivhaus Designer with experience working in Tokyo, London and Paris. Being from Cornwall, he has a rich understanding of Cornish culture, climate and topography.

KAST Architects is an award winning practice based in Cornwall.


Founded in 2014, the architecture studio now delivers a broad range of projects throughout the UK. Our design solutions are elegant, simple, cost-effective and innovative; underpinned by thorough research and an eye for detail.


We don’t adhere to an in-house style, rather we have an approach to design that is consistent in its commitment to low energy architecture, offering our clients a bespoke local design response in a sustainable and thoughtful way. We have a passion for delivering sustainable solutions with integrity, that are modern and yet sensitive to their context.


At KAST Architects there is an energy and enthusiasm that drives our work, coupled with a respect for the people that we work with and the planet whose resources we are borrowing. Sustainability underpins, over-arches and threads through our approach to each project. It is fully integrated within the design process and therefore neither dominates our work, nor is it left to chance.


We value the people that we collaborate with and try to engender a culture of respect and openness, of finding solutions rather than highlighting problems and of positivity and laughter. In short, we work hard to ensure that the people we work with enjoy the experience and the end result makes our clients smile.


KAST Architects is a small close-knit practice of individuals with complementary skills and talents. Our open plan office in the centre of Truro encourages collaboration and interaction and helps to strengthen our shared ethos and core values.


We offer a range of experience across a number of sectors, in particular one off bespoke houses, education projects and commercial office buildings, and we work to ensure the most appropriate team is assigned to each project to provide our clients with consistency and professional reassurance.


Being small means that each and every commission is important to us. It also means that we are able to ensure a personal level of service to our clients whatever the size of the project. 


We take pleasure in working alongside our clients, both private and commercial, and place great value on developing a relationship built on trust and mutual respect. The success of any project is dependent on a thorough understanding of a client’s key requirements and ongoing communication as the design evolves. We therefore endeavour to get to know our clients, their dreams and aspirations for a project, and as a result deliver great architecture.


Each member of the team brings with them a flair for high quality design and a passion for caring for the world around us.


In March 2022, KAST Architects became a certified B Corp. Certified B Corporations, or B Corps, are companies verified by B Lab to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.


We have therefore joined a family of like minded companies who operate in a way which endeavours to use business as a force for good. When we design, it is in a way that balances the needs of our clients with that of our planet.


As a B Corp we are legally committed to operate in a transparent and purposeful way. This is important to us as it is all too easy to talk a good game, but to deliver designs with purpose takes resilience and dedication.


To ensure we maintain this standard of practice we will be required to re-certify every three years and demonstrate our commitment to high levels of social and environmental performance. This will also be an opportunity for us to target areas where we can improve as a business.


Therefore, by working with KAST Architects you can be assured of a high quality sustainable design that puts people and the planet before profit.

To read our latest Impact Report, click here.


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