Duncan Baker-Brown BSc Arch(PNL), DipArch RIBA

Director and Chartered Architect

Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton

Member of Design Panels: South Downs National Park Design Review Panel, Past Chair & current member of Lewes Architects Advisory Panel, Guest Critic for CABE South East Design Review Panel.

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In practice since 1983, Duncan co-founded BBM with Ian McKay in 2003. In that time Duncan has played a pivotal role in defining the creative direction of the practice, whilst maintaining teaching links with the University of Brighton’s school of architecture. Prior to BBM, Duncan had worked for Rick Mather Architects. Some of Duncan’s more notable projects include the competition winning entry with Ralph Erskine on the Greenwich Millennium Village in 1997, his own award-winning ‘SparrowHouse’ in 2003, the Manser shortlisted Dyke Road Avenue in 2005, a prefabricated house built live on Channel 4 for Kevin McCloud’s Grand Designs Live in 2008 and the multi-award winning Brighton Waste House in 2014. Duncan has just completed a book for RIBA Publishing entitled ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’.

Ian McKay BA Hons(Cant), DipArch RIBA

Director and Chartered Architect

Visiting Lecturer at the Universities of Brighton, East London and Manchester Metropolitan

Member of Design Panels: RIBA Awards South and South East Regions 2013 and 2015

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Ian McKay has over twenty years experience as a practicing architect and is founding director of BBM Sustainable Design. Much of Ian’s early practice experience was gained working on social housing projects and participated in the practice’s involvement in the hugely influential Greewnich Millennium Village. Later Ian fronted BBM’s work with housing specialist HTA on their collaboration for new build housing at Norfolk Park in Sheffield. Ian was also the director in charge of the experimental Eco-House demonstration project for the eco-town of Bordon for East Hampshire District Council/Radian Housing and new housing for Firle Estate. More recently Ian has explored collaborations with Lancing based prefabrication specialist Spaceform on a number of housing related projects for Brighton and Hove City Council.

Stephen Belcher BA(Hons), DipArch RIBA

RIBA Part III Architect

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Stephen Belcher has recently joined the BBM team having worked for nearly ten years at Architecture PLB in London. Stephen has been a fully qualified architect since 2010. BBM have employed him to help them deliver their expanding portfolio of larger projects in many sectors including social housing, cultural and educational buildings. He has recently overseen the completion of a new Art, Design & Technology Building at Merchant Taylor’s School (£5m) and a new teaching & research building for the Royal Veterinary College (£8m).

Tom Cuthbert BA(Hons), MArch (Brighton)

RIBA Part II Associate

Tom Cuthbert has worked with BBM as a RIBA Part I and Part II student. He has worked in a supporting role on production work on a number of our recent award winning projects. Recently Tom played a crucial role in BBM’s feasibility work for extending tower blocks in Brighton and Hove and is currently working on a mixed use / housing development in the Portslade area for a local developer.



Rosie Sonnenschein BA (Hons), MArch

RIBA Part II Architectural Assistant

Rosie Sonnenschein joined us in 2018 after completing her Masters of Architecture at The University of Westminster. She is assisting on feasibility studies and preparing planning applications, buildings regulation submissions, and working drawing packages. Rosie brings a deep interest in sustainable design and actively promotes environmental consciousness in wider professional and political circles.

Rebecca Kinneavy BA (Hons), Interior Architecture

Office Manager

Rebecca Kinneavy joined in 2016 bringing several years worth of office management experience with her. She assists the directors in identifying the needs of the day to day running of the office whilst improving the efficiency of the practice.





James Gladman BSc (Hons) Architecture

RIBA Part I Architectural Assistant

James has worked two stints with BBM both during and after graduating from the School of Architecture in Bath. He is assisting the rest of the design team with research, drawing work and managing project information.