Studio Wic is a creative architectural practice with a focus on contextual and site specific design led by chartered RIBA architect Sarah Bland.
‘Wic’ is the Old English word for ‘settlement or dwelling’ and is still used today in many of the names of our towns and cities. The name reflects the practice’s preoccupation with the role that architecture plays in creating place and the fundamental belief that to respond to the present you need to understand the past.
Studio Wic works across the commercial, public and private sectors and specialises in housing, ranging from small scale extensions to large scale housing developments. Wic works closely with clients to provide pragmatic and creative design solutions. Clients can be assured that a conscientious approach aims to bring projects in on budget whilst maintaining the highest standards in architecture. We carefully guide you through each stage from inception to completion, always with the client’s needs first in mind, to ensure your journey is exciting and transparent.
Wic is a research based design studio, with a strong emphasis on understanding local context, regionalism, orientation, materiality, geology, ecology and arboriculture. The research provides the groundwork to develop an initial response and becomes the backbone to the designs moving forward. An environmental approach is ingrained throughout the design process, from the site strategy, to advising on relevant technologies, to assessing the building performance, ensuring all our projects meet the highest standards in sustainability.
Sarah founded Studio Wic in 2017 and oversees all aspects within the studio. Sarah is passionate about designing site specific architecture, working closely with her clients and context, to build sustainable living environments. As a multidisciplinary architect, she has a broad range of experience internationally and in the UK. Her experience ranges from large scale mixed use developments and high-level masterplanning, down to smaller scale residential renovations.
Sarah studied at the University of Manchester, and University of East London under the tutorship of the late Mark Hayduk. As a graduate she gained professional experience working for London’s acclaimed housing design practice Levitt Bernstein Associates. Later she worked in Bangkok at The Beaumont Partnership on a range of projects across the region.
Studio Wic is an Approved Supplier of the Guinness Partnership and Cross Keys Homes. Below are a few of Studio Wic's clients and collaborators:
Prior to setting up Studio Wic, Sarah was formerly a Director at the architecture practice Studio Bark. During her time there she developed a wide body of work, including the Black Barn an RIBA East Award winning house in Suffolk; a private residential off-grid home, which received planning permission under paragraph 79 (formerly paragraph 55).