Charlie Luxton Design creates architecture fit for the 21st Century; designs that respond to local materials, traditions and climate. With thirteen years experience in designing environmental buildings, sustainability informs all that we do.
Charlie Luxton / Director
Charlie set up Charlie Luxton Design in 2005. Up to this point he had been juggling a newly established TV career alongside his role as co-director of a design and architecture agency in London. Deciding to follow his passion for sustainability he left London for North Oxfordshire. Since then the practice has grown slowly but surely always sticking to it’s core principles of creating beautiful, sustainable homes fit for the 21st century. Charlie is director of the practice, a tv presenter and public speaker. This is quite a juggling act, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.
James Renfrew / Architect
James started his architectural training in Bath. During this time he didn’t rest on his laurels and throughout gained invaluable experience by taking up positions in a range of practices from the small and intimate to the large and commercial. This included Stirling Prize winners Fielden Clegg Bradley. He gets much respect from us by also taking a job as a builders’ labourer during this time and getting to grips with the bricks and mortar end of building a building. Before coming to us James spent five years with Oxford practice Berman Guedes Stretton. His work with them was entirely university based but he gained a thorough knowledge of running projects from inception to completion often with complicated historic building and ancient monument contexts.
Henrietta Smart / Architect
Henrietta joined the practice in 2015 having spent the previous six years working at Oxford based practice ADP. Whilst there, she worked on new-build and refurbishment projects in both the private and public education sector, gaining a wealth of experience running projects at all stages of the design and construction process. Prior to this she worked at Gaia Architects in Edinburgh working on sustainable houses, a school and visitor centre where she gathered a good knowledge-base of sustainable design and technologies before going on to study it as a specialism in the later stages of her architectural qualification. She is currently putting her professional skills to good use at the weekends getting her hands dirty renovating her own home.
Jonny Gabe / Architect
Jonny joined the practice in 2011 after doing his Part II at Newcastle University. Between his Part I and Part II he took himself off to Australia where he worked for Brewster Hjorth Architects. During his time with us, he has progressed from architectural assistant to project architect, and also gained his Part III in 2014. Jonny is passionate about architecture, a dedicated and enthusiastic member of our team, we’ve been lucky to be part of his architectural development.
Trevor Taw / Architect
Trevor began his architectural career studying and working in London before moving out to Oxford to specialise in the study of vernacular architecture, sustainability and regeneration with the Place, Culture and Identity group at Oxford Brookes University. This enabled him to further develop his passion for sensitive and thoughtful design through a more anthropological approach to architecture. Prior to joining the practice he spent five years in Oxford gaining valuable experience running a range of projects from one-off houses in the countryside to university jobs with historic, and often highly sensitive contexts. Never without a project on the go, he spends much of his spare time designing and making furniture.
David Hall / Architectural Assistant
David’s first memory of having an interest in architecture was when looking at terraced houses at a young age in his sleepy market home-town of Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire. A grand ambition to become an architect and a flair for design lead him to an undergraduate degree in Architecture at Kingston University. A few years of travel and volunteering followed, where David developed an affinity for regional architecture. On his return he was drawn to the Centre of Alternative Energy in Machynlleth where he completed a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Architecture. After relocating to the Midlands David worked as a Part 2 architect for Glenn Howells, before joining the team at Charlie Luxton Design in August 2018. A history enthusiast, Lynard Skynard appreciator and fair weather allotmenter, David is happiest at when at work.
Ben Hutchinson / Architectural Assistant
Kate Luxton / Studio Manager
After finishing her degree she took a temporary job working for Yuli Toh Architect where she set up their technical library. Then after a year away, Yuli offered Kate a permanent job and six years later she was still there! She went on to provide invaluable services to very small practices who were too small to afford the overhead of permanent administrators, working with them to set up systems to enable them to run more efficiently. One of these was architectural salvage and design practice, Retrouvius. Kate’s role at the practice is to do ‘everything but the architecture’ which keeps her very busy.
Matilda / Studio Dog
Likes chasing rabbits, watching the birds and hopes we’ll drop some of our lunch.