• Steve Coombs
  • BSc BArch PhD ARB

    Steve graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in 2002 and joined Design Research Unit Wales before founding Coombs Jones. Steve has worked on a range of public and private architectural projects from one-off houses and social housing to environmental visitor centres and education buildings.

    Steve has interests in making as a means to inform design and deliver crafted architecture. Working in DRU-w, he worked closely with manufacturers and suppliers to develop new products, prototypes and designs. In collaboration with the Welsh timber industry he developed a low-tech, innovative Sitka spruce construction system, 'Ty Unnos', aimed at affordable, rural housing. The award winnng system has led to the design of an exhibition pavilion for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an Environmental Resource Centre and a low energy demonstration house in EbbwVale.

    Steve currently leads the M Arch studio at the Welsh School of Architecture and has previously run 2nd year of the undergraduate degree.

    Steve makes bespoke experimental furniture and lamps as a means to explore ways of working with materials often charring timber to express the nature of the wood.