Sam Fitzgerald
Sam Fitzgerald

About Third Design

Third Design is an ethical architectural practice that believes our environment demands more from us designers.

We use the intelligent design of the rooms, buildings and streets in which we all live to help the transition to to low carbon, sustainable living.

The practice was founded in Bristol, UK, in 2012 by Sam Fitzgerald who spent the previous decade working in his native Somerset, then London at a busy practice working on a wide variety of projects. They included residential, multi-unit developments, retail units, offices, train stations, refurbishment, restaurants, conversions and agricultural buildings. During that time Sam developed a passion for sustainability, both in design ethics, construction methods, and relationships with clients. Sam started Third Design to bring them further into his work, and because of how we work, the practice has gone from strength to strength in the years since.

How we work

Stage 1: Discovery

The first stage of any project is the most important. Here is where we meet to discuss the project, determine the issues you have and also those that you may not have thought of.

We visit the site to review all aspects of the site and will produce a brief in close cooperation with our client.

Once the brief has been agreed we carry out a survey. Unlike most practices we do not merely measure the site, we also carry out an assessment on the orientation of the land/ property, the current level of energy efficiency, how the land/property is used by its occupants and many other factors that will help in ensuring the design meets the needs of both the client and the surroundings in which it sits.

Stage 2: Design

All information collated within the survey stage will then be used to form the basis of the proposed design. This design will reflect how we, at third design, feel will best satisfy the issues raised in the initial brief.

This design is then open to further participatory planning with the client to refine the details until we all have something we are happy with.

For larger projects we recommend the aid of an artists impression, this may either be in the form of a hand-drawn visual or a 3d photo realistic image. Animations are also available.

When a proposal is ready for a planning application, Third Design work alongside the local planning authority (and any other external consultants) to ensure a smooth ride through the process.

Stage 3: Construction

Once planning approval has been granted we then take the approved drawings and begin to develop the building, inside and out.

Unlike many practices we do not produce just building regulations drawings, we develop our designs into construction drawings. This means that as well as producing a set of drawings that may be submitted to the local building control for approval, they may also be used to complete the construction of the project.

At Third Design we believe that the construction of buildings should be closely controlled. This ensures that the final product is that of the design in terms of quality, detailing, efficiency and aesthetics.