About Us

We are grounded. We put people and planet at the heart of what we do.

We believe access to good homes and places provides the foundation to a healthy society. We are citizen focused; we will work with you to create joyful places that ­­­help create a fair and equal world for all.

We tread lightly on the planet, ensuring our designs create a net-positive impact on their surroundings. We will help you find elegant solutions to make your piece of the world work better for generations to come.

We’re more than just designers.

We bring lived experience of zero carbon design, development, cost management, planning and a blend of public and private sector knowledge few other architecture practices can offer. We will listen and collaborate with you to develop a design or strategy that is deliverable, beautiful and value for money.

“The report from the Councillors who attended the exhibition was glowing; they were very impressed by you all – so well done!“

Faye Whiteoak, Development Director, Mainway

“New buildings tend to lack character; I liked that Pump House had character from the outside to the inside.”

Pump House Resident Quote

"[They]… are not trying to change the world, but change the bit of it that it can influence."

Rowan Moore, The Observer

Our team

Beth Day


Beth is our planet champion with a keen interest in low carbon materials and circularity in design. She is currently undertaking the Carbonlite Retrofit Foundation course which is supporting our work on the retrofit of Lune and Derby Houses and the wider Mainway estate regeneration.

Beth is currently leading the deep-retrofit of Lune and Derby Houses to create 16 zero-carbon homes which will reduce fuel bills for residents while creating new outdoor space including a communal courtyard and private gardens. She is also working with the London Borough of Camden to develop their Small Sites Programme Design Brief, setting out a holistic approach to delivering characterful and viable new homes. Beth has strong experience acting as design guardian and worked with Mary Duggan to maintain quality on the construction of 157 new homes in South Coulsdon.

With Chloë & Sarah, Beth was named in the Architects’ Journal’s 40 under 40 list of the UK’s most exciting architectural talent.

Chloë Phelps


Chloë has more than twenty years of industry experience and is known as an industry leader for creating innovative ways of delivering characterful and affordable housing on small sites at scale. She leads the Grounded team providing creative direction for the business and is passionate about addressing our social housing crisis. She brings a unique blend of development, placemaking and architectural expertise to each project having worked in leading roles in both the public and private sector.

Chloë is currently involved in the Masterplan for Tendring Colchester Borders Garden Community which will deliver 7750 new homes over the next twenty to thirty years.

She contributes widely to the profession, has provided advice on housing quality to the GLA, and she is chair of the Thanet Design Review Panel, vice chair of Camden Design Review Panel and a member of the Ebbsfleet Design Panel.  She regularly joins expert panels and is Building Design’s regular columnist on Housing.

Katie Fisher


Katie is our people champion and strives for greater spatial, material and social justice in the built environment.

She has been leading the new build infill housing on Mainway Estate, Lancaster. Katie has expertise in Passivhaus design, community engagement and prior to joining us, worked on a major retrofit project for the new Museum of London project.

She is the co-chair of the Young Trustees at the Architecture Foundation as well as regularly mentoring with a number of organisations including Built By Us, Westminster University, the Social Mobility Foundation & Open City Accelerate. As a mental health advocate with a qualification in Mental Health First Aid, Katie also acts as an ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society, whilst sitting on their Development and Engagement Committee.

Katie’s experience also includes a series of community spaces including a live build Wildlife Hide for Kielder National Park as well as a competition winning bandstand for Bromley Council and community observatory for Allenheads Contemporary Arts.

Sarah Hutchison

Associate Director

Sarah has extensive residential experience through all RIBA Stages. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth production of our projects in the studio.

Sarah is currently leading the Mainway masterplan project in Lancaster an estate regeneration project that combines the retrofit of existing homes alongside the addition of new zero carbon homes, extensive enhancement of the public realm and improved community infrastructure. Sarah has also been responsible for a town centre strategy in Dumbarton, and construction quality monitoring of a 22 storey tower in Croydon.

Sarah has been involved in housing design and delivery at all scales is passionate that high quality housing is available to everyone. She is a tutor at the Bartlett School of Planning where she ensures that the importance design quality and considered placemaking discussed at a strategic level.  

With Chloë & Beth, Sarah was recognised in the Architects’ Journal’s 40 under 40 list of the UK’s most exciting architectural talent.

Lola Fisher

Barketing Manager

Lola our barketing manager is a key supporter of health and wellbeing. Lola also takes the lead on office security and surveillance, although has been found to snooze on the job. She is an expert in landscape, public realm and all things outdoors, monitoring the nearby parks and exploring the local streets.

With a nose for new business, Lola enjoys meeting new people and sniffing out the competition. In her spare time, Lola likes chasing squirrels, finding street food and a good nap.

Accolades we’ve been part of:

Architects Journal Housing Project £20m+ Winner
Featured in New Architects 4 Publication
Brick Awards Finalist - Croydon Smaller Sites
Featured in the RA Summer Exhibition
Brick Awards Finalist - Pump House
Archiboo Pitch Finalist
Brick Awards Winner - Small Housing Development
Architects’ Journal 40 under 40.
Architects’ Journal AJ100 Disrupter
Housing Design Award Project Winner
Architects’ Journal Masterplan of the Year
NLA Awards Housing Winner
AJ Emerging Women in Architecture - Finalist
Property Week 40 Under 40

Contact us

If you would like to speak to us about your project please call us or send us an email.

Phone: 0203 488 9422
E-mail: hello@grounded-practice.com

5 Tanner St,
London SE1 3LE

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