Group ginger is a practice of architects. Our name derives from the political term, a ginger group. Ginger groups work to identify alternative ideas for the benefit of their host. As such Group Ginger works with clients to identify opportunities which amplify development potential and celebrate activity.
We have worked for national practices over a number of years and have gained extensive project experience across many sectors, including retail, leisure, office, residential and culture. We use this experience when addressing problems but maintain our enthusiasm to explore fresh ideas to solving problems. Our interest extends beyond the provision of a full architects service and includes, brand development, interiors, furniture and designing temporary events.
The office operates beyond the architectural object and explores the potential of creating social spaces, focused on place-making and experience. We approach all our projects by considering who will be living, working and experiencing the spaces that we are helping to generate and we explore how our role as architects might be developed into that of concept managers or curators with on-going relationships to place-making, influencing policy, defining space, public use and participatory involvement. Through this continuous activity we are intent on delivering pragmatic solutions of adaptation/appropriation to create architecture and design that challenges boundaries of political engagement and aesthetic perfection.
Simon Baker founded Group Ginger Architects to establish an architecture practice offering an accessible and engaging design studio which focuses on place, identity and distinction. Simon graduated from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in 1995. He has worked as a director in architectural practices with Piers Gough, Terry Farrell and Laurie Chetwood.
He has extensive architectural and urban design experience delivering projects of all scales and in numerous sectors. In addition to his work in practice he has organised a pop up cinema, a lighting festival and is currently working on meanwhile uses with Leeds City Council. Simon is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE, Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire; a design review panellist for Yorkshire and Humber and is a trustee of the Architecture Centre for the Leeds City Region. He also runs a research by design diploma studio at Sheffield School of Architecture.
Cian joined Group Ginger in November 2016 after working for award winning practices in London and Scotland. He is a fully qualified Architect who brings a vast experience of working with listed buildings, redeveloping sensitive sites and construction knowledge across building sectors. Within Group Ginger, Cian is helping to develop both the Hartlepool Sorting office and the Lichfield Town Centre regeneration.
During his time at Archer Architects and AHMM in London, he worked on award winning buildings at 24 Britton Street, Shoreditch Rooms and Telegraph works in Greenwich. While at London Metropolitan University he was nominated for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal for his work in Mumbai, India with the Architectural unit ‘Rapid change and scarce resources’.
He is delighted to return to Yorkshire and join a dynamic and exciting studio. He’s passionate about working on historic and listed buildings and enjoys working at all stages of the design spectrum.
Mai has extensive experience in all stages of project delivery across a broad range of sectors. Mai is experienced in working with multidisciplinary design teams and regulatory agencies, developing schemes from feasibility through to completion. As a project leader Mai has delivered a hotel and a number of retail projects utilising Intelligent Models to prepare delivery information. Skilled in communication and coordination, Mai provides continuity during project delivery.
Mai completed 6 years of architectural education at Kyushu University and Fukuoka University in Japan, during which she studied abroad at University of Leeds, Ecole d’architecture Paris La Villette and Technische Universität München as part of the bilateral EU-Japan AUSMIP program. Mai passed the RIBA Part 3 professional examination in 2013.
Kate is particularly interested in the creative reinvigoration of historic structures and spaces. Her recent competition entry for the SPAB Phillip Webb Award examined the role of the architect as mediator between the past and the future. It explored architecture as storytelling, adding a new layer of fabric and activity to the rich histories of the Spode Works factory in Stoke.
Kate recently graduated from University of Sheffield. Her thesis investigated the food-axis and the British home. Kate’s research considers the extent to which the food axis was shaped by the complex contextual conditions and social, historical transformations of the twentieth century. Before studying at Sheffield, Kate worked at John Thompson and Partners in London. Kate completed her part I studies at the University of Central Lancashire with Bronze medal nomination for RIBAs Presidents Medals.
David is an experienced, qualified Architect and a key member of Group Ginger. A particular interest of David’s is in refurbishment/re-use projects. His experience includes working with prominent listed buildings in conservation areas in Leeds and Manchester. Along with the early stages of projects, he also enjoys overseeing projects on site working closely with the contractors with a “hands on” approach to ensure quality is achieved throughout.
David has been involved in a number of projects; most notably he has played a key role in the detailed development for the refurbishment of The Tetley. This project has been shortlisted for six prestigious awards including the AJ Retrofit Awards in 2014.
Sam is passionate about how architecture can be socially sustainable. Before joining Group Ginger he has worked on a variety of educational and residential projects, where he has worked closely with clients to cultivate design concepts. He is a fully qualified Architect with experience including working with Shuichiro Yoshida Architects in Tokyo, where he explored Japanese principles of detail and spatial design. He has also worked with the Stephen Lawrence Trust to empower young people to influence their urban environment through design workshops and events.
He enjoys producing architectural designs which are sensitive to end users and their needs. He has recently graduated from the University of Sheffield. His art and design work has been showcased by the Architects' Journal, Blueprint Magazine and Tate Modern.
Group Ginger is committed to supporting students through its part time summer placements. Emma is currently a member of the MArch Architecture course at the University of Sheffield. Before coming to Group Ginger, Emma worked for Foster & Partners in London on a variety of high profile projects. She brings enthusiasm and thought to each project within the practice.
"I, the undersigned declare that having read this little book full of ideas, design, intelligence, describing places you want to spend time; have no excuse , not to explore a projects potential with Group Ginger and find out why clients like them so much."
Studio culture is an essential aspect of Group Ginger. Located within the Tetley Art Gallery, the office is part of an active and growing creative community.