Living Space Architects is an award-winning chartered RIBA practice based in Exeter, Devon. Established in 2004 by Kirsty Curnow-Bayley and Stuart Bayley, we have a passion for creating well-designed, imaginative and exciting projects that are both environmentally and socially sustainable. We specialise in sustainable contemporary design and the alteration and adaption of historic buildings. By using local materials, maintaining an environmental approach and designing and building in an innovative way that compliments the surroundings, we aim to keep the South West special.

Working with Living Space Architects has made our project perfect. At our initial visit Stuart had the ability to draw plans to scale listening to my ideas and incorporating his. We had overall vision which has now been finished and works perfectly for our family.

Leisha ClistReplacement Dwelling, Hemyock

We had a really positive experience working with Living Space Architects. They came recommended and we were very impressed by their broad repertoire of styles in their previous work. From the start, they really listened and took time to understand our likes and dislikes, and what we wanted to achieve with our new extension. Living Space were very professional from start to finish and the process felt truly collaborative. The final design met our brief brilliantly and we are delighted with the end result! We would thoroughly recommend Living Space Architects.

Victoria MohanRear Extension, Exeter

We loved working with Stuart and Kirsty, they interpreted our brief perfectly and supported us so much through a tough planning process. We have been able to build a beautiful and sympathetic grand design on a tight budget in an almost impossible location.

Amy GreenmanNew House, Dunsford

Kirsty was pivotal in returning our home to its current condition, blending very old with contemporary and very modern. We are delighted with the result and we would recommend Living Space Architects to any prospective clients.Everything now works 100%, the building breathes again and will be on track for the next 100 years for sure. Thanks Kirsty!

Sue & Geoff EdwardsRestoration & Alteration of Staddon’s House

Living Space Architects are a lovely team with a personal touch that engenders confidence and optimism. I would recommend them to anyone. From the outset of our project, Kirsty, Kate, Stuart and the office have been attentive and approachable – listening to us and helping us work through our ideas. They have been supportive with the specific challenges of difficult neighbours and planning consent. They gave us chocolate and flowers when our baby was born. But above all, they have been respectful and open to our input into the design process, allowing the process to be immersive, challenging and rewarding. We look forward to our continued positive relationship as our project proceeds.

Alex AllanNew Sustainable House, Ide, Exeter

We set up in 2004 when I convinced Stuart to move back down to Devon with me from London! 14 years later we are still passionate about creating contemporary design that relates well to the landscape and creates a strong sense of place.

Kirsty Curnow-BayleyDirector

We described what we wanted and Living Space gave us so much more.  The quality of the extension is stunning and the works to the house exceeded our sustainability goals.

Keith ClarkeExtension & Refurbishment, Looe / Balla Brook Buddhist Retreat

Living Space Architects took over from our previous designer who was taking too long, and in a very short time, we had a new, much better and affordable design. 

Mark DunkNew House, Devon

We pride ourselves on getting to know our clients and their businesses so that we can understand what’s important to them. We balance inspirational design with the realities of our client’s brief and budget.

Stuart BayleyDirector
Stuart Bayley

Stuart Bayley

Director

A RIBA chartered architect, Stuart completed Part 1 at the University of Manchester, Part 2 at the University of Leicester and Part 3 at the University College London. He has worked for a variety of practices in the Lake District and Northampton, as well as Chapman Taylor in London, where he met his now wife and LSA co-director Kirsty. Stuart has had significant experience in housing during his career and has had the opportunity to work on a diverse portfolio of schemes within the sector.
Proudest moment at LSA:
Seeing the team grow and develop alongside our designs which have expanded to match our ambition, becoming more distinctive and adventurous.

Kirsty Curnow-Bayley

Kirsty Curnow-Bayley

Director

BA Hons Arch Dip Arch RIBA

A RIBA Conservation Architect and one of the founding directors of Living Space Architects, Kirsty completed her degree in Architecture at Oxford Brookes in 1996 and Masters at Bartlett (UCL). She has worked for Chapman Taylor and Thomas de Cruz Architects in London, specialising in housing, contemporary design and conservation. In 2004, she co-founded LSA with Stuart Bayley.

Proudest moment at LSA:
Gaining a Devon Historic Building Trust award for our work to alter and repair Staddon’s Cottage, a Listed Medieval Dartmoor longhouse.

Ellen Sinclair

Ellen Sinclair

Architect

Ellen joined Living Space in May 2022, she has an interest and passion in residential architecture, especially lifetime living homes.

Ellen qualified as an architect in 2020 after having completed studies at the University of Plymouth and the University of the West of England.

In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Devon and Cornwall and travelling abroad.

Dan Lucas

Dan Lucas

Architectural Assistant

Dan started here at Living Space Architects in September 2020. He is currently at Exeter College completing a level 4 diploma in construction and the built environment. Over the last few months, he has been preparing technical drawings for our clients.

Proudest moment at LSA:
Having the opportunity to learn new software and implement his skills into his projects.

Lewis Wilson

Lewis Wilson

Architectural Assistant

Lewis is currently on a work placement whilst undertaking his T-level in construction, design, serving and planning.

Over the last few months, he has been working with us to help prepare existing drawings and design concepts for clients.

Mia Oseland

Mia Oseland

Digital Marketing Apprentice

Mia started with us in March 2020 to assist our team with digital marketing and administration. Having completed her AS Level in Graphic Design in 2019, she is currently working towards a Level 3 Diploma in Digital Marketing.

Mia is passionate about design across a variety of media and has so far enjoyed implementing new software.