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Natural. Environmentally. Responsive. Design.

Driven by working together and with you. For us, the process is a dialogue. We listen, earn trust and foster friendships with our clients. 

We ourselves are a family, and are mindful that creating a home is a journey, a life experience. We are always careful to understand the way you live and what you enjoy. This is the key to designing a home that is truly yours. We offer a client led approach to design involving you in every step of the process, putting the user at the heart of each project.

Meet the NERDS ...

Nerd is a family practice run by husband and wife duo Connor and Katie from their studio in Wells. A handful of active projects are carefully attended to by a tight-knit team of architects and designers, all with a unique role to play.


We aim to provide a friendly local architecture studio with a breath of design and technical experience, we are committed to designing contemporary and sustainable building that are perfectly suited to their site, client, users and budget.


Katie Payne

Founding Partner & Architect

BA(Hons), Prof Dip, ARB

Katie  founded Nerd Architecture in 2018 to design buildings which delight. This ethos, together with Katie’s experience and creativity, underpins the work of the practice.

Born in the South East of England, Katie trained in architecture at the University of Kent and later at the Centre for Alternative Technology where she met Connor and University of the West of England.

Connor Backhouse

Founding Partner & Architect

BA(Hons), Prof Dip, ARB

Connor plays a key role in ensuring that quality expectations of detail and construction are met by collaborating on design and overseeing the technical works for a project.

Connor studied architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University and at the Centre for Alternative Technology and the University of the West of England, joining Katie in the studio in early 2019. 


Milo the Cockerpoo 

Practice dog

Milo plays a key role here at Nerd in keeping all staff happy working within the studio, whilst also sleeping a lot.

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