Sowing the seeds for a better built environment. Sow Space is an Oxford-based architectural 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.
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.
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 of three 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 Passivhaus Designer course.
Dr. Mina Samangooei
ARB, RIBA, PhD, MSc, DipArch, BA hons
Mina has worked across a broad range of sectors in practice, including 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. Ecological and energy-efficient design / retrofit 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 projects. Mina is a technology tutor and RIBA Studio examiner at Oxford Brookes University and also works with local architecture co-op Transition by Design.