Sowing the seeds for a better built environment. Sow Space is an Oxford-based architects’ studio that is passionate about creating beautiful and inspiring spaces, with low energy, environmental and ecological impact. Our role is to work closely with our clients to gain a deep understanding of their brief and together, come up with an innovative solution to an existing need.

Our team is made up of architects who are experts in sustainable and ecological architecture, energy efficiency and Passivhaus, through design and research. Our projects range from new-build private houses, to the extension and low energy retrofit of existing buildings. Our aim is always to create high-quality and highly comfortable places for people and communities to thrive in.

Simon Chung

ARB, MSc, DipArch, BA hons

Simon has considerable experience in designing and delivering high quality projects of all scales in a variety of sectors, including residential, heritage, education, and commercial. Prior to co-founding Sow Space, he has worked for a number of award-winning practices in Oxford, London and the South East, finding great enjoyment in coming up with simple solutions to complex issues, often within sensitive environments. His clients have included the University of Oxford, a number of Oxford colleges, as well as a host of homeowners, self-builders and residential developers.

Simon’s passion lies in designing energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, with a specialisation in low energy retrofit and Passivhaus design. His research work includes a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of three eco-retrofitted properties in Oxford, where key findings showed that occupant behaviour and lifestyle are as important as improving building fabric. Simon has completed the Certified European Passivhaus Designer course and has been a visiting critic on the Masters in Sustainable Building and the RIBA apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr. Mina Samangooei

ARB, RIBA, PhD, MSc, DipArch, BA hons

Mina’s extensive range of experience in practice includes residential, commercial, community, healthcare, and ecclesiastical buildings. She is passionate about inspiring and working with people and communities to understand the need for future-proofing their projects, through lifestyle and long-term resilience. She has worked closely with co-housing and community-led housing groups, thriving in her role as designer and design facilitator. Ecological and energy-efficient design and retrofit, including Enerphit, using a holistic approach is one of her main strengths.

Mina is also an academic, where her research focuses on the role that food production in and on buildings plays for the future of cities. Her PhD looked at behaviour theory in relation to people cultivating edible plants on buildings, which has been brought into practice through workshops and other live projects. Mina is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Technology, and Research Module Lead on the RIBA Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University. She leads undergraduate and postgraduate modules and conducts her own research with collaborators.

Dr. Paola Sassi

ARB, PhD, MSc, Dipl.Ing, PGCHE

Paola is a highly experienced architect having worked extensively in both Germany and the UK, leading building projects in healthcare, education, commercial, and residential. She is an internationally renowned specialist in sustainable buildings and environmental design, with a focus on ultra-low energy building design and low impact materials. Her recent work has included a pair of low energy, closed loop, sustainable dwellings in Cardiff, and a comprehensive low carbon retrofit of a Victorian terrace in Oxford achieving an 80% reduction in heating energy demand.

Paola has combined her architectural practice with research and postgraduate / undergraduate teaching at the universities of Nottingham, Cardiff, Oxford Brookes, and CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology). She has developed and run new master’s courses in sustainable design and provides guidance to academic institutions, including the Architectural Association, and the universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield. She has published extensively and her book ‘Strategies for Sustainable Architecture’ was runner-up in the RIBA International Book Award. Paola acts as a consultant for Sow Space.

Sowing the seeds for a better built environment. Sow Space is an Oxford-based architects’ studio that is passionate about creating beautiful and inspiring spaces, with low energy, environmental and ecological impact. Our role is to work closely with our clients to gain a deep understanding of their brief and together, come up with an innovative solution to an existing need.

Our team is made up of architects who are experts in sustainable and ecological architecture, energy efficiency and Passivhaus, through design and research. Our projects range from new-build private houses, to the extension and low energy retrofit of existing buildings. Our aim is always to create high-quality and highly comfortable places for people and communities to thrive in.

Simon Chung

ARB, MSc, DipArch, BA hons

Simon has considerable experience in designing and delivering high quality projects of all scales in a variety of sectors, including residential, heritage, education, and commercial. Prior to co-founding Sow Space, he has worked for a number of award-winning practices in Oxford, London and the South East, finding great enjoyment in coming up with simple solutions to complex issues, often within sensitive environments. His clients have included the University of Oxford, a number of Oxford colleges, as well as a host of homeowners, self-builders and residential developers.

Simon’s passion lies in designing energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, with a specialisation in low energy retrofit and Passivhaus design. His research work includes a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of three eco-retrofitted properties in Oxford, where key findings showed that occupant behaviour and lifestyle are as important as improving building fabric. Simon has completed the Certified European Passivhaus Designer course and has been a visiting critic on the Masters in Sustainable Building and the RIBA apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University.

Dr. Mina Samangooei

ARB, RIBA, PhD, MSc, DipArch, BA hons

Mina’s extensive range of experience in practice includes residential, commercial, community, healthcare, and ecclesiastical buildings. She is passionate about inspiring and working with people and communities to understand the need for future-proofing their projects, through lifestyle and long-term resilience. She has worked closely with co-housing and community led housing groups, thriving in her role as designer and design facilitator. Ecological and energy-efficient design and retrofit, including Enerphit, using a holistic approach is one of her main strengths.

Mina is also an academic, where her research focuses on the role that food production in and on buildings plays for the future of cities. Her PhD looked at behaviour theory in relation to people cultivating edible plants on buildings, which has been brought into practice through workshops and other live projects. Mina is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Technology, and Research Module Lead on the RIBA Apprenticeship at Oxford Brookes University. She leads undergraduate and postgraduate modules and conducts her own research with collaborators.

Dr. Paola Sassi

ARB, PhD, MSc, Dipl.Ing, PGCHE

Paola is a highly experienced architect having worked extensively in both Germany and the UK, leading building projects in healthcare, education, commercial, and residential. She is an internationally renowned specialist in sustainable buildings and environmental design, with a focus on ultra-low energy building design and low impact materials. Her recent work has included a pair of low energy, closed loop, sustainable dwellings in Cardiff, and a comprehensive low carbon retrofit of a Victorian terrace in Oxford achieving an 80% reduction in heating energy demand.

Paola has combined her architectural practice with research and postgraduate / undergraduate teaching at the universities of Nottingham, Cardiff, Oxford Brookes, and CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology). She has developed and run new master’s courses in sustainable design and provides guidance to academic institutions, including the Architectural Association, and the universities of Edinburgh and Sheffield. She has published extensively and her book ‘Strategies for Sustainable Architecture’ was runner-up in the RIBA International Book Award. Paola acts as a consultant for Sow Space.