Philosophy

At Create the design process starts by listening to our clients and developing a creative response to their individual needs. We aim to bring an imaginative approach to every project and recognise that success is reliant on thorough project evaluation, cost control and management. It is these essential ingredients that the practice is firmly committed to.

Our designs seek to improve people’s lives and add value. We encourage and advise our clients to consider the use of construction technology and sustainability in order to minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency.

Our designs are individual and do not resort to a particular architectural style. We work in response to the particularities of a site and the use of local materials where relevant so that our schemes adapt to their location. We aim to create a bridge between the past and the future, bringing together the historic and the contemporary. We bring a craftsman-like approach to all aspects of the building process and our respect for traditional techniques does not hinder us from using modern materials and techniques where their use is sustainable.

Create will be celebrating 10 years in business in September 2014.

We use simple sketches, drawings, physical or three dimensional CAD models and animations to explore and refine our designs, translating these schemes into reality.

Create was founded by James Barker and Ricky Mahy in 2004 with a small number of private residential projects. Since this time, the practice has evolved and grown, our work now encompassing the public and private sectors, including historic buildings, public amenities, private homes and social housing developments. We have worked in Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, United Kingdom and South America.

Architecture is more than just fulfilling the brief or meeting particular functional requirements, however important these may be. It is also concerned with people and the creation of something unique.