Urban design masters leads to promotion at Strata

Strata, the privately-owned home builder, has promoted former Architect, Mike Barnett, to Head of Design following the completion of his Masters in Urban Design at Leeds Beckett University.

Having held the position of Architect at Strata for the past three years, Mike will now be responsible for developing and crafting the strategic long-term vision of the design focussed Strata brand, whilst also expanding and mastering the existing high quality housing range.

Mike will also play a lead role in the master planning for all new Strata schemes, working closely with Strata’s CEO, Andrew Weaver, focussing on the holistic nature of product and place.

During his Masters, Mike studied the impact that design has on local communities, covering a range of disciplines and helping him to develop his creativity and knowledge. Taking on a new challenge at Strata, he will now transfer these skills to further support the visions of the design-led home builder.

Mike comments:

“It is a real achievement for me to have been promoted to Head of Design at Strata. My Masters in Urban Design was by no means an easy feat but I am pleased that my hard work has been rewarded.

“Whilst I will still play a vital part in the architecture side of the business, my Masters has allowed me to explore my passion for collaborative working and to challenge traditional professional boundaries, something I know is welcomed at Strata.”

Andrew Weaver, CEO of Strata, said:

“Mike has always shown his talents as a forward-thinking designer and that is why it makes perfect sense to promote him from Architect to Head of Design. Mike had our full support throughout his Masters as we understand the importance of nurturing talent and to transferring these newly acquired skills into the business.

“Our objective at Strata is to enhance spaces through an absolute dedication and commitment to high quality design and this is something that Mike will bring to the role.

“We also place a strong emphasis on creating and shaping active spaces which are beautiful and elegant, whilst being contemporary but functional, juxtaposed but contextual to their setting. This is an ethos that lies at the heart of Strata.”

Strata, the leading independent home builder with a 5-star status, has 16 developments across Yorkshire and the East Midlands.

For further details about Strata and its range of house types and developments please visit the company website.