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About us

Rural Studio Architecture is a RIBA Accredited Practice located in County Down, Northern Ireland.  The practice was born out of a passion to design incredible spaces to live and work. 

We believe in good design which responds to its context to deliver unique solutions for each individual client.  We bring the same considered approach and use the same advanced design process, regardless of project size, budget or timescale, and we believe we can deliver great value for money regardless of the project type, budget or location.

As a practice we are happy to listen to you and discuss ideas before preparing a quotation.   These early conversations are free without obligation and give you the chance to gain an understanding of how we can help, timescales and the opportunity to ask questions.

Robin Parsons RIBA Rural Studio

Robin Parsons, RIBA, ARB, MA, M.Arch

Principal, RIBA Chartered Architect

Robin has twenty years of experience across a broad range of project types and values.

Robin marries a creative desire with a practical understanding of the construction process and of the local architectural context, seeking to offer a contemporary take on traditional forms and techniques.

Robin grew up in The Lake District before studying Architecture at The University of Edinburgh.  He has a passion for landscapes and is a keen cyclist and fell runner.

Zoe Parsons - Rural Studio

Zoë Parsons, ACIM, BA (Hons) 

Practice Manager, Architectural Research

Zoë combines a creative desire with a professional background in marketing (CIM) and business development.  

Zoë has worked with a broad range of environmental, engineering, construction and utility companies.

Zoë is from Northern Ireland and is passionate about triathlon, endurance running and horses.


“I couldn't recommend the Rural Studio highly enough. Robin's conceptual work was brilliant. He listened to our requirements and designed a unique family home that blends into its surrounds. It looks like a house that has been there for generations - but is still has a modern look and feel. We are always getting positive comments from people about the house. We are delighted with our new home 😊 Thanks”

Andrew D, Galway

“I would highly recommend Rural Studio to anyone. Robin visited our home and listened carefully to our ideas for remodelling own downstairs space. The plans and 3D images he sent us were fantastic, really helped us to visualise how the space would look. Can’t wait for the builder to get started!”

Lesley H, Newton Hall

"Just wanted to drop you a line to say a massive thank you for Friday.  Helen said she could have talked 3 days non stop to you.  You were very kind and generous with your time and thoughts.

We cannot thank you enough and look forward to the next step.  You are one of life's lovely people. Thank you."

Joanna D, Rainton

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