Using design to change lives for the better, without costing the earth
"Clever, innovative and strategic thinking"
Andrew and Katrina S
Aiming for Zero Emissions Building
"MIME was worth every penny. They helped us find the right solution and saved us thousands of pounds as well"
Welcome to MIME Architects
We believe architecture is about people.
“The majority of the population worldwide lives in urban areas and … research shows that people … spend a great majority of their time in closed environments made by humans; … between 90% and 98% …” (1).
Given this research, we see our health and wellbeing is inextricably linked with our environment. At MIME we want to help clients invest their time and money accordingly, designing and building healthy and beautiful homes, workplaces and schools.
Having spent 28 years working in London, Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, the founding Director set up MIME to change lives for the better without costing the earth.
Why MIME? People, Place and Planet
Architecture is a visual language, with every building ‘speaking’ of a client’s values. We encourage our clients to give as much weight to the environmental impact of their project as to aesthetic and financial considerations.
Environmental concerns and the concept of sustainability are not new. In 1987, the World Commission defined sustainable development, as that which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Refined through Russell’s research in the 1990’s, our approach can be summarised as using the Minimum Intervention for the Maximum Effect.
(2) World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future Oxford University Press, New York (1987)
We are pleased to say we have secured a planning approval for one of our clients for a new off-grid house in the countryside. We are hoping to build on this success with a design for a new home in the countryside, under Paragraph 80 of the National Planning Policy Framework; To be considered for approval, such a house will need to demonstrate it is an exceptional design.
As part of our commitment to ‘giving back’ to our local communities, we are working with the Hill Group, Citizens UK and SWT towards the delivery of supported, temporary accommodation units, on ‘meanwhile’ sites in Somerset. This is to help those who are moving on from rough sleeping or hostel accommodation. Also are helping a rural community group to get a fully accessible toilet for their village hall that is currently without W.C. whilst also making the hall accessible for visitors who rely on a wheelchair.
As a Chartered Practice we continue to support the Royal Institute of British Architects with the Future Architects student mentoring scheme. Over the last few years, we have enjoyed mentoring 24 students from UWE, Bath University, Plymouth University and Falmouth University.