BBM Sustainable Design
Duncan Baker-Brown is an architect, writer, academic and environmental activist, based in Lewes near Brighton, on the South coast of England, where he lives with his wife and daughter. Born next to a farm near Epping Forest in Essex, Duncan soon became aware of the fragility of the natural environment as he witnessed first the M11, and then the M25 motorways, cut through countryside he had grown very fond of.
For nearly 25 years Duncan has been at the forefront of teaching, researching, and practicing sustainable design, working on projects as varied as exhibitions & symposiums, new houses and schools, as well as whole urban districts such as London’s Greenwich Millennium Village with Ralph Erskine While working for Rick Mather Architects he set up BBM Sustainable Design with his business partner Ian McKay after they had won the RIBA 'House of the Future' competition. In 1994 Duncan started his teaching career at the University of Brighton’s School of Architecture where he and Ian had met as post-graduate students. They quickly began to work on research projects, such as ‘CityVision’ in 1997, which considered ways people could live in beautiful, sustainable, cities.
More recently Duncan has become well known as the architect behind a series of experimental off-grid sustainable ‘house’ projects, such as Channel 4’s ’The House that Kevin Built’ with Kevin McCloud. This was the first house in the UK with an A+ energy certificate, as well as the first one made from 90% organic material. It was followed by ‘The Brighton Waste House’, which was designed and constructed in collaboration with over 360 students at the University of Brighton. It was Europe’s first permanent building made from waste.
Duncan is publishing a book entitled ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’ in May 2017 with RIBA Publishing. He is a passionate and informed public speaker on many issues pertaining to sustainable development and the Circular Economy.