Katie de Silva
Katie is a Part 2 architectural assistant, who joined Architype in 2020, after completing her master’s degree. Katie spent two years with an architectural practice in Salisbury, working on a range of projects from heritage to contemporary, primarily in the residential sector.
Katie is interested in creating genuinely sustainable architecture, achieved through an evidence-based approach to design. She is passionate about designing with respect for the natural environment and sensitivity to the needs of building occupants. During her studies, she developed her interest in, and understanding of, building physics, building performance simulation, and Passivhaus principles.
At Architype, Katie has worked on Ysgol Bro Hyddgen, an all-through Passivhaus school in Machynlleth, Wales, and a zero carbon housing project.
Following the completion of her bachelor’s degree at the University of Sheffield, Katie attained a master’s degree with merit from Oxford Brookes University, specialising in ‘Sustainable Building Performance & Design’.
Katie submitted her final MArchD design project for the 2019 UK Passivhaus Student Competition, organised by the Passivhaus Trust. Her design of a Passivhaus active museum, library and cultural centre in Milan was awarded a high commendation.