BDS architects were formed in 1990 as an ethical design company passionate about the environment, open minded and forward thinking. We believe in holistic design that not only respects the environment but also changes lives.


We approach each project with the same values every time.  For every project, big or small, we carry out our own research, giving us detailed background knowledge.  From this database of knowledge we arrive at designs that go beyond boundaries. 


As a small company, we work closely with clients, understanding their needs and providing solutions that go beyond expectations. We have worked in all 5 continents throughout the world and with our holistic approach and passion for sustainability, we have been dubbed "The Barefoot Architects".


We have earned a reputation throughout the world in areas of low energy, sustainability, spa and wellness design.




BDS architects runs as a 'virtual office' of three small satellite offices in Cambridge UK, Rome Italy and Christchurch NZ.  The offices are headed up by Iain Bailey (MD), Mario Sacco and Alan Escott.  We share the work between the offices and can even work a project 24 hours a day if required.

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Iain Bailey                                                                                                                 Mario Sacco                                                                                                                Alan Escott

Pool - Kempinski China
Gym Reception - DL Cambridge
High Altitude Training Centre, Crans Montana, Switzerland
Tea Ceremony, Kempinski Spa China
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