Affinity Architects is a small but creative practice with a big heart that aims to provide exceptional personal service and find design solutions that work for both client and building.
Founded in 2014 by director Melanie Latham just outside the city of Salisbury in Wiltshire we focus on high quality design, specialising in alterations and modern extensions to historic and listed buildings. Melanie is passionate about modern design, but also qualified in historic building conservation and a Registered Conservation Architect with the RIBA, a member of the IHBC and has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry.
As a member of both The Green Register and the AECB, her design solutions will always consider conservation of energy and ‘green’ building, hand in hand with the conservation of historic building fabric. The aim is to ensure that old buildings find a new lease of life and a forward looking perspective, meeting the challenges of the next generation as they adapt but conserving the qualities of the historic structure.
We love working closely with people to find the best possible solution for their project, and most enjoy solving complex design challenges to suit each unique situation - be that an extension to a listed building, a barn conversion, a straw bale building, or a new build house.
We have good affinity with people, and work hard to find ingenious design solutions that have an affinity with the places they inhabit, and the planet on which we live.
“We worked with Melanie on the design and build of a brand new family house. From the outset, Melanie was a delight to work with and balanced her creative ingenuity with a healthy dose of pragmatism regarding what was possible/affordable. She was also an inspirational voice of reason and calm during an otherwise quite stressful new experience for us…” M Hanbury
“Melanie is a joy to work with - creative, structured, disciplined, reliable and highly personable. Mel is a great listener who works very hard to understand her clients personal requirements, but most critically adds in her own limitless flair and highly original thought - the resulting plans deliver the needs of the client plus features and design elements which the client never thought possible. Mel's designs exceed expectations through satisfying the client's original aims whilst stretching the client in the most constructive and productive way.” N Martin
“We have recently finished a delightful Cathedral project with Melanie which has been a joy to work on. As with all historic projects the building imposes a number of constraints. Melanie, as design team leader and contract administrator, has sought to thoroughly understand each of these. The result has been motivated team, a sensitive design, a building that has come back to life, and real sense of achievement from all involved.” G Wood