Robert Barker

Robert Barker is one of the co founders of Stolon Studio Ltd (SSL). He has 20 years experience and has maintained a record of 100% planning success for many different types of project. 

He trained at the Royal College of Art before working for a number of innovative firms.  In 2003 he jointly set up Baca Architects and went on to win numerous awards and recognition as one of the leading innovators in flood resilient and adaptable architecture.  With Baca, he won the RIBA Presidents Award for Research in 2009 and 2014, for the LifE project and the CAN project respectively.  Robert is an author of the Metric Handbook - Flood Chapter (2015) and RIBA book - Aquatecture (2016).

In 2016 he set up Stolon Studio with the aim of specialising in Architectural Development - using his design skills to unlock complex sites and push the boundaries of development. Robert is also a Part 3 examiner and he is on several design review panels. Below is a list of some of Robert's project experience prior to setting up Stolon Studio.

Robert Barker, Stolon Studio

Fowlescombe Farm Estate

Robert Barker, architect

Robert has been involved in the redevelopment of Fowlescombe Farm at various stages over the last 15 years.  He was firstly involved in the redesign of the house, which was run by local firm Harrison and Sutton, He then ran the extensive landscape design works and glass house, independently. Followed by the Old Barn conversion into 3 units under his old firm Baca. With Stolon he is now developing plans for another barn conversion on the site.


Robert Barker director at Baca Architects

A stunning one-off new house in the countryside. The new curved house is built from local stone to match the existing buildings and create a modern and timeless property. R Barker was the project architect from start to completion. Photo©BlueChipHolidays

Aquatecture, RIBA Publishing

written by Robert Barker and Richard Coutts

February 02, 2017

Water plays a vital role in shaping our built environment, as it has done for centuries. We depend on it, we use it, we live with it and we must respect it. Aquatecture outlines new ways of ‘designing for water,’ using examples from around the world to illustrate methods of utilizing water innovatively, efficiently and safely.

The Amphibious House

Robert Barker director at Baca Architects

One-off house with a floating concrete base designed to resist flooding. Featured on Grand Designs.

Winner of the London Design Awards, Gold 2015. Robert Barker was responsible for the detailed design through to completion.

Plashet School Foobridge

Robert Barker, architect at Birds Portchomouth Russum Architects

A beautiful, enclosed bridge, connecting two schools into one. Winner of a Prime Ministers Better Building Award 2000. R Barker was an architectural assistant involved in the construction phase of the project.

White Post Quay

Robert Barker, director at Baca Architects

Artists studios in residence in Hackney Wick, London. Exhibited at ‘New London Architecture’ as an exemplar waterside development. R Barker was the project architect responsible for the detailed design through to completion.

Larch House

Robert Barker director at Baca Architects

A bespoke timber framed house in a Doomsday village. R Barker was the project architect responsible for the design through to completion.

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