Rhian Thomas

Architect + co-founder at Alt-Architecture

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I am an architect and in 2108 co-founded ALT-Architecture with Amanda Spence. ALT-Architecture’s ethos is to create buildings and places which are coherently simple, elegantly composed, progressive and imaginative, intrinsically sustainable and, most importantly, embrace the spirit of place.

ALT-Architecture builds on our collective 28 years of experience designing delightful and functional spaces for people to live, to learn and to work.  We call Cardiff our home but much of our work is across Wales and beyond. ALT-Architecture pursues contemporary projects across a diverse range of type, scale and budget; from installation, to building, to landscape and urbanism.

Our alternative approach to practice explores the edge of architecture, where it meets the disciplines of art, landscape and theory.  It is this territory between architecture and other creative practices which we find the most interesting, as it provides opportunities for exploration, innovation and generating new dialogues between the arts, landscape, theory, architecture and its surroundings. This intentionally places us away from the middle of the road and challenges preconceptions of value in architecture.

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