About Robert Barker, Stolon

An architect & planner with 20 years experience, Robert is an RIBA fellow, recognised for expertise in flood-risk & sociable design.

Robert Barker, Stolon
United Kingdom

Robert Barker is one of the co-founders of Stolon Studio Ltd and an RIBA fellow. He has 20 years experience in architecture, planning and landscape design. He has delivered some unusual and highly innovative architecture, such as Forest Mews, the Thames Amphibious House, the prefab Chichester Floating Home, Kaolin Court co-housing, and the flood-resilient property at the BRE park. He has developed various master-planning projects, such as flood-resilient housing in Essex, Norwich, the M55 metro extension in Amsterdam, ZAC Seine Gare Vitry in Paris and other water related plans in the UK. He has been responsible for numerous projects researching zero-carbon, climate adaptation and flood-resilience; and is now developing work on sociable architecture. At Stolon Studio he has developed a growing expertise in complex backland or infill sites, with unique projects located across London. He continues to innovate in each and every architecture project, evolving and exploring new concepts, different materials and working methods in a constant search to create better living and working environments.

Robert trained at the Royal College of Art then worked for Birds Portchmouth Russum before setting up Barker and Couts Architects (Baca) in 2003. He went on to win numerous awards and recognition as one of the leading innovators in flood resilient and adaptable architecture and spatial planning. He led the Long-term Initiatives for Flood-risk Environments (LifE) project and the Climate Adaptive Neighbourhood (CAN) project, which won the RIBA Presidents Award for Research in 2009 and 2014, followed by a commendation for the Amphibious House in 2017. Robert co-authored the Metric Handbook Flood Aware Chapter (2015) and the RIBA book - Aquatecture (2016), he also contributed to the World Bank: Cities and Flooding and various other international books.

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