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We are ARB registered architects with over thirty years' combined experience in practice. We set up waparchitects (whitehead and parkin) in Sheffield in 2010. Sustainable design underpins our practice, building on our experience of creating low energy passive design projects since the 1990s, in conjunction with our interest in low energy site design.

We start each project with an enthusiastic and rigorous analysis of both the client's requirements and the site looking at the physical, environmental, social and cultural context. We will ask you a lot of questions about your aspirations as we love to get 'under the skin' to help our clients get the most out of their projects.


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We have diverse and extensive experience of many different types of projects, including residential and housing, healthcare, schools and higher education, offices, creative workspaces, transportation and industrial buildings.

We bring the same level of service, care and detail to every project, small or large.  You can find out more about Our Approach here or How We Work here.


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Our work has been published in national newspapers, magazines and websites and we have been shortlisted in several international competitions which have allowed us to develop our design ethos. You can find out more on our Competitions and Publicity page.

We combine practice with undergraduate teaching and research into architecture and environmental design.