PRESENTATION Sarah gives talk at CAT (Centre of Alternative Technology) and meets legendary eco self-build heroes Pat Borer and David Lea.

Conference – Sarah and Jo Marsh present Ty Pawb at the RSAW 25th Anniversary Conference in Cardiff.

Book launch – Sarah speaks at the book launch of Future of Museums and Galleries at Central St Martins. Es re nientendit red. Pales! Seridi sulvitermium do.

RESEARCH TRIP VeloCity team visits Copenhagen to look at innovative highdensity car-free housing typologies.

PROJECT UPDATE Work progressing well on our new gallery, Found in Brecon, opening July 2019.

Triennial 2019 VeloCity selected to exhibit at the Oslo Architecture Triennial 2019 opening in September.

OVERALL WINNER Ty Pawb is Overall Winner of AJ Retrofit Award 2019 as well as winning Best Cultural Building under £5m.

Everybody’s House Wrexham celebrates Ty Pawb’s successes with a special Civic Pride Event in Wrexham.

TE WHARE MARA – meaning Garden House in Māori has won planning approval from Brighton and Hove planners. It is a new house for clients with a Māori heritage, designed around a series of gardens and with a glazed fernery built into the fabric of the building to house New Zealand tree ferns.

RSAW SPRING CONFERENCE – Sarah was honoured to be the Chair of the annual conference with speakers including Niall Maxwell, Mhairi McVicar and Dan Benham.

AJ RETROFIT AWARDS – another year judging this important award which promotes re-use and working with what we already have to protect our planet’s valuable resources.

Event – Wrexham’s Mayor launches the Civic Pride initiative with Ty Pawb’s award success’s marking the first inaugural celebrations.

PECHA KUCHA AT THE SILO – Sarah speaks about her personal vision for VeloCity at a Pecha Kucha held in the Silo at Shatwell Farm, home to Niall Hobhouse’s Drawing Matter collection in Somerset. More here.

GROWTH OR DEGROWTH? – fantastic turn out for an important debate with speakers Smith Mordak, Andrew Waugh, Eva MacNamara and Selina Mason organised by Sarah for The Architecture Club.

TALKS – a double bill with a road trip across Wales. FY speaking in Shrewsbury to the Shropshire Society of Architects and then on to the RSAW Spring Conference at Centre of Alternative Technology (CAT). More here.

AJ CLIMATE CHAMPIONS – This wonderful podcast series includes one by Jennifer and Sarah talking about VeloCity’s work with Blenheim Estate promoting walking and cycling routes in rural areas to disincentivise car-use and help tackle climate change. Listen here

POLICY FORUM FOR WALES CONFERENCE – Sarah spoke about aligning development and planning with net-zero goals.

MANIFESTO LAUNCH We launch our VeloCity manifesto, Growing Villages Differently at the Oslo Architecture Triennale – this year’s theme is Degrowth tackling important issues around climate change and reshaping our society.

BLACK MOUNTAINS COLLEGE – thank you to Eleanor Young, editor of RIBAJ, for visiting and writing about this important new university focussed on tackling climate emergency. FY are working on their new campus repurposing an old farmstead with the scheme currently in planning – read more here.

CITY OF CULTURE – we were thrilled to see Wrexham make the shortlist for City of Culture 2025 – congrats to Tŷ Pawb the centerpiece of their bid.

PLANNING AWARDS – this is the second year Sarah judged these awards with many strong projects including The City of York Housing by Tibbalds & Mikhail Riches.

Article – Stonecrop goes global and is featured in Abitare!

VENICE CYCLE TRIP – Velocity team join cycling friends on a tour around the Italian mountains, culminating in Venice for the opening of the Architecture Biennale.

BEFIRST COMPETITION– FY are very pleased to be part of the Waugh Thistleton team shortlisted for the BeFirst Framework for housing and mixed use developments in Barking and Dagenham – all fingers crossed!

AT IN PRACTICE – Sarah talks to Architecture Today from FY’s Brecon studio about how their rural base allows them to focus on projects responding directly to the ecological and climate crisis.

FY WINS 4 RIBA AWARDS! – A bumper crop this year with Stonecrop winning 3 RIBA Regional Awards and Tŷ Pawb winning RIBA’s RSAW Architecture of the Year Award.

BD STRATFORD DESIGN CHALLENGE – FY contribute to BD’s series of opinion pieces on the future of retail citing Tŷ Pawb as a new alternative to the failing high street – a place where boundaries are blurred, activities mixed and retail is more experiential. Read here

ART FUND MUSEUM OF THE YEAR – we are proud that Tŷ Pawb was a finalist in the Art Fund Museum of the Year with the award ceremony held at the Design Museum and announced live on the BBC One Show.

SHORTLISTED – FY teamed up with Tibbalds and Mikhail Riches to bid for the masterplan of The Core, a 47 hectare site north of Cambridge that over 20 years will see a new community of 10,000 people evolve.

Consultation – Early discussions with residents of Cassington took place to share ideas to improve the village allotments and provide new affordable and energy efficient housing.

Opinion – Oxford Open Thought showcases VeloCity’s Vision on their open platform inviting ideas to shape the county as part of the Oxfordshire Plan 2050.

RURAL 20 MINUTE NEIGHBOURHOODS – Judith Sykes and Sarah joined keynote speaker Professor Carlos Moreno, creator of the ’15-minute city’ concept, at the Town & Country Planning Association’s webinar focussed on how we can create compact and connected communities in rural areas. Listen here.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT WSA SHOW OPENING – we were honoured to speak about our work around the theme of ADAPT at the Welsh School of Architecture Student Show.

STONECROP FEATURED IN HOUSE & GARDENS – A great 8 page spread on the house we designed for Matthew and Nicky Lyttelton who wanted a green retreat which offered a more sustainable way of life.

BAGGY SPACE PART 2 – Sarah joined a panel discussion as part of Tŷ Pawb’s event programme for MILQUETOAST, an exhibition of artwork by Bedwyr Williams.

LISBON CONFERENCE 2021  – Petra Marko and Sarah presented VeloCity talking about the benefits of cycling as a path towards better physical and mental health.

MESSUMS ‘DISCUSSIONS ON ARCHITECTURE’– FY gave a talk as part of the series, set in Messums Wiltshire’s wonderful 13C tithe barn. Watch here


“It was designed around the needs of the family… but, more than that, the house was designed around the idea of framing the landscape.” – New house within Haslemere featured in Saturday Times.

MODERN HOUSE PODCAST – so pleased to be part of this fantastic series which sees Sarah chatting with Matt Gibberd about the remarkable ways buildings are shaped by the people who inhabit them. You can listen here.

RIBA AWARDS – this year saw Sarah as the RSAW Chair of the judging panel for the prestigious RIBA architecture awards. The winning Welsh schemes included Grange Pavilion, a new community hub in Cardiff.

Project launch – VeloCity are one of the partners behind the Bridport Community Railway & Renewal Corridor which looks to reverse Beeching and utilise an old rail line for a new very light rail and cycle and walking route. Launched at a Zero Carbon Dorset presentation the new route will see greater connectivity and benefits for both tourism and the many villages along its route.

RSAW 2020 Conference ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ – Sarah talks about light-touch living and designing in ‘baggy’ space

Awards – We judged an amazing selection of projects for FX International Design Awards 2020, congratulations to all winning and shortlisted schemes.

THE ARCHITECTURE CLUB PARIS TRIP – thanks to Narinda Sagoo, a group of us had an amazing day visiting the Foster Retrospective at the Pompidou, made even better with Birkin Haward fondly recounting his time working at Fosters.

LAND MANAGEMENT – HOW CAN IT HELP US REACH NET ZERO? – Sarah spoke about VeloCity alongside Rachel Fisher, Deputy Director of Land Use Policy at DEFRA, Sarah Cary, Exec. Director of Housing Regeneration Development, Enfield Council and rewilding expert Lulu Urquhart, hosted by The Conduit and chaired by Piers Taylor. More here.

RIBA BUILT ENVIRONMENT SUMMIT – Ahead of COP26 Sarah presented VeloCity at the RIBA conference and also contributed to their report presented at COP26 in Glasgow.

LOVE ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL – Iris Papadatou and Sarah gave a talk on Stonecrop as part of Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects annual architecture festival.

Press – Final phase of Stonecrop is complete with great coverage in RIBAJ, Divisare,
Sunday Times and AJ.

Award – Ty Pawb makes the RIBAJ MacEwan Award Longlist.

MESSUMS ARCHITECTURE SYMPOSIUM – held at their rural Wiltshire gallery in a beautiful tithe barn, we participated in a thought-provoking series of talks around the topic of Re-use, Re-cycle, Re-imagine. You can listen here (Sarah’s talk is 1.35 hrs in)

Article – Three years on and Owen Hatherley in the Guardian cites Tŷ Pawb as offering a brighter future for the struggling high street READ HERE

FX Design Talking Spaces Podcast – Sarah and Petra Marko join the “Close to Home’ series to discuss how not enough architectural attention is focussed on the countryside highlighting our VeloCity vision to tackle isolation and poor quality housing. READ HERE

TY HEDFAN ON MODERNIST ESTATES – delighted that our Ty Hedfan joins an impressive array of architect designed holiday lets on Stefi Orazi’s amazing Modernist Estates website. You can book to stay at Ty Hedfan here.

ANNIVERSARY Annual change of Wal Pawb billboard artwork in preparation for Ty Pawb’s 1 year birthday celebrations next month.

FOUND GALLERY – The crowning glory and final phase to Found Gallery in Brecon.

HOUSE & GARDENS TOP 100 – FY are proud to be a new entry in their top 100 Architects and Designers.

Planning approval – The stunning Grade II Clymping Mill complex located on the coast of West Sussex gets planning for the first phase of a strategy to retrofit and add new buildings that will support a self-sufficient rural settlement.

Articles – VeloCity is featured in Blueprint’s Transport issue and Sarah is profiled in FX and quoted as saying, “What makes a successful project is when you passionately believe in it.”

SOCIAL VALUE – Sarah’s article in Architecture Today discusses the challenges of the way we define and measure value and cites Grange Pavilion in Cardiff as an exemplar community-led project. Read more here 

LONG LIFE, LOW ENERGY – an exhibition at the RIBA where FY showcased Ty Pawb as a project which reuses and retrofits a multi-storey carpark bringing sustainable, social and economic benefits.

Places for Life 2 – Published by the Design Commission for Wales includes a chapter we wrote on rural placemaking based on our VeloCity principles.

Rethink Book Launch – This new Design Guide draws together expert guidance on designing in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic. We wrote the chapter on infrastructure and civic placemaking which covers the challenges of rural isolation and how radical change can tackle this and other pressing issues making the world a happier and more resilient place.

CIVIC TRUST JUDGING – we had a very enjoyable day visiting entries which included public realm interventions in Bromyard and an impressive renovation of Hay Castle which had a fantastic animation of the building’s history projected on the walls of the Medieval Keep, pictured here.

25 YEARS ON – we are upgrading our Voss Street office and house next door – watch this space for finished pics!

CENTRAL ST MARTINS – we took our students from MA Narrative Environments on a field trip to Thamesmead and saw an amazing transformation from dystopia to utopia.

AWARD WINNER Bay 20 Community Centre & Boxing Club wins RICS Community Benefit Award, “it is a welcoming refuge for the local community”, said the judges.

More can be read on the project in RIBAJ, AJ & Dezeen.

SKY GARDEN GAINS PLANNING PERMISSION – A great end to the year, we have received a planning approval for a new house in the Dartmoor National Park.

RIBAJ PiP WEBINAR – In this Sustainability themed webinar we pose the question of where and what kind of housing should we be building in the countryside, citing VeloCity principles and the need to build more sustainable housing within existing villages. Watch here.

Article – Stonecrop receives more coverage in Dezeen and Elle Deco Country

RIBA Research & Panel discussion – Petra Marko and Sarah introduce a new evidence– based research report, The Modern Day Picturesque, and host a panel discussion with Alicia Pivaro, Hana Loftus and Meredith Bowles as part of the RIBA series, Perspectives on Architecture.

RIBAJ MacEwen Award – Ty Pawb is commended in the RIBAJ MacEwen Award which recognises architecture for the common good.

VELOCITY SHORTLIST – we are very pleased that VeloCity’s team entry has been shortlisted for the international competition to masterplan a 704ha Garden Community on the edge of Colchester, providing 9000 homes over 20years.

MENTOR – FY enjoyed participating in the speed mentoring at the annual RIBA Guerrilla Tactics conference.

BLACK MOUNTAINS COLLEGE – We are very excited to be working with the Black Mountains College a new university dedicated to addressing the unfolding climate and ecological crisis. The AJ article tells you all about the ethos and design brief to re-purpose a Welsh farmstead located in the Brecon Beacons National Park, and the benefits of its rural location both for the students and the local economy.

AJ RETROFIT AWARDS – Sarah was one of this years judges for the AJ Retrofit Awards, probably the most important award in architecture as it addresses climate emergency by promoting the re-use of existing buildings.

HOME MADE – VeloCity is part of this exhibition at CID Grand Hornu in Belgium presenting new opportunities for home working in the countryside. Exhibition runs from Oct 2023 to Feb 2024.

BUILDING TOURS – two in the same month! Sarah took TAC members on a tour of the B&W Building in Shoreditch, a fully engineered timber building designed by architects Waugh Thistleton who gave us hugely informative insights into the challenges they faced. The second was to Appleby Blue Almshouse, this time arranged by Clare Treanor for our cycling friends, a brilliant reimagination of the traditional almshouse, designed by architects Witherford Watson Mann.

FACTORY VISIT VeloCity visit Brompton bike factory and partner up on co-mobility strategies.

FY’S MARKET HALL DESIGN AT HEART OF A NEW TOWN – Northstowe is a new town in Cambridgeshire for Homes England, the UK Government’s housing accelerator for England. More here

JUDGING AJ RETROFIT AWARDS – as a previous winner we are delighted to be judging this years awards – such an important award supporting re-use and the reduction of our carbon footprint. We saw some great entries and winners are announced in May!

Article – The rise of Reuse unleashes a wave of brilliant buildings, featuring Ty Pawb in Concrete Finishes

Opinion piece – Coronavirus: What next for Architecture? Sarah and Judith Sykes of VeloCity discuss the long term impact Covid will have on the industry in a feature for Building Design 14/04/20

TY HEDFAN IN THE SNOW – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!!

Conference – AJ Summit on Climate Emergency Sarah talks about growing villages differently.

Opinion piece – BBC Wales News interviews us on our approach to placemaking in the countryside. READ HERE

Urban Design London ‘Tomorrow’s Market’ – We joined a round-table conversation on the future of markets citing Ty Pawb as an exemplar case study

MAYOR’S ‘DESIGN FUTURE LONDON’ CHALLENGE – Sarah is honoured to be mentoring teenagers from Ark Globe Academy to design solutions for the Mayor’s competition that seeks to improve our city’s public spaces.

CAREERS DAY AT HAGGERSTON SCHOOL – a month of sharing experiences saw us participate in a careers day for Years 7&8 at a local Hackney school.

GUERILLA TACTIC SPEED MENTORING – another event which saw FY sharing experiences and knowledge with young architects in the early stages of their careers.

KINGSTON UNIVERSITY ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS – FY were more than happy to share our work and approach with Year 1 architecture students who chose to study our practice as part of a course assignment.

PRESENTATION Sarah joins Negroni Talks #10 – Borderlands – and shares her view on “baggy space” as part of London Festival of Architecture

FRONT COVER OF GRAND DESIGNS – Our new build house in Haslemere, Surrey, graces the cover of the February 2022 issue.

EXTRAORDINARY ESCAPES BOOK – published this month the book uncovers the hidden treasures that the UK has to offer, featuring our Ty Hedfan house and other unique holiday homes also seen in the Channel 4 series.

WALES WEEK AT RIBA HQ – FY joined the celebration and exhibition of contemporary Welsh architects making their mark on London.

Opinion Piece – As a panel member of the Design South East Sarah was invited to respond to the new National Design Guide, contributing to the Homes & Buildings section

REUSE OF MODERN AGRICULTURAL BARNS – FY are excited to be working with our good friends Dom & Kate Ash creating a rural live/work complex in the Cotswolds.

RICHARD REID – a very sad loss of a great architect, mentor and generous supporter of collaborative working.

‘Gentle Radicalism’ – Sarah curated the Architecture Club Spring Forum debate, ‘Gentle Radicalism’ which discussed new approaches to growing vibrant and viable communities in the countryside with speakers including Rob Hopkins of Transition Towns, Ben Rawlence Chief Executive of Black Mountains College, Petra Marko from VeloCity and Robbie Kerr from Adam Architecture.

Award – VeloCity is a finalist in the World Architecture News Female Frontier Award in Team of the Year category