Charlie Baker

Charlie left URBED in 2015 to set up Red, a company specialising in retrofit and low carbon construction.

Prior to that Charlie worked as collaborator on many URBED design and sustainability projects. 

Charlie trained in architecture, returning to it through tenant activism in Hulme, Manchester where he set up the Hulme Community Architecture Project. He was a founder member of the award winning Homes & Work for Change Co-operatives and the Confederation of Co-operative Housing. He co-authored the Hulme Guide to Development and the Community Gateway Model for stock transfer. He set up a design and fabrication coop whose projects included award winning Republic nightclub in Sheffield which was taken from feasibility to fabrication.

His work at URBED included regeneration projects, sustainable architecture and urban design. He specialised in designing with, rather than for, affected communities. He developed community controlled intermediate housing market models and student housing co-ops. With Blueprint he developed new housing forms to meet the challenges of urban development and worked on designs for the former Spode pottery works, including a temporary exhibition space. He has also worked on commercial and public sector masterplans all over the country.

During his time at URBED he become an accidental expert in low carbon retrofit, starting with a pilot to take a Victorian semi as close to carbon neutrality as possible. 

Charlie Baker