Valerie Hinde

Chartered Architect and Designer

Valerie Hinde has a no-nonsense approach to architecture which creates beautiful yet practical homes and buildings on time and to budget.

Based in the Yorkshire Dales, an area she has cherished since childhood, she also has experience of working as far afield as London, the South Downs and Pembrokeshire Coast National Parks.

Expert in…

Focussing mainly on individual buildings and smaller projects, Valerie is expert in sustainable design, building construction, planning negotiations, and working within National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  • Design

    Design always starts with the client’s needs. Valerie explores these through discussions and feasibility studies that explore ideas and alternatives. As well as functional needs, she considers the location, wider environment, appearance and scale to achieve a design that sits naturally within its setting.

  • Full Service

    Practical architecture is about far more than drawing attractive buildings. Valerie can assist you through the entire process from feasibility study to completed building including detailed construction drawings, building regulations approval, obtaining tenders and monitoring work on site.

  • Planning

    Obtaining planning permission can be a long and frustrating process. Valerie’s many years of experience, expertise and ability to see alternative solutions, means she can guide clients to the best possible outcome.

  • Sustainability

    Building Regulations have evolved to embrace many aspects of sustainability and Valerie is fully conversant with these. For those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint even further she has extensive experience of low impact, roundwood timber framing and straw bale building.

Val’s Portfolio

Valerie’s work encompasses new build homes, extensions and refurbishments, conversions, conservation and historic buildings, commercial and community projects.

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Latest Posts

Mystery Buildings

Looking through some old photographs it occurs to me that most of my photos are of buildings or landscapes, with very few people making an appearance. Here are a couple of my favourite architectural images from a trip made in 2004. Can anyone identify the location? Other parts of the world have a much more

Littlewood’s Building

For the second time this year one of the UK’s architectural gems has been ravaged by fire. Following the desolation of the Glasgow School of Art, Liverpool’s art deco landmark, the Littlewoods building is now also left as a smouldering shadow of its former self. The definitive guidebook to British architecture, Pevsner describes it as: ‘in the


A weekend walk, high in the Ribble valley, started at Horton in Ribblesdale railway station. I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the architecture of the Settle to Carlisle Railway many years ago.  At the time it was under threat of closure and there was even the possibility of the demolition of the stately Ribblehead viaduct.