Gruff is formed of a dynamic team of architects, designers and creatives. A close-knit practice, with a wide range of experience and skills, our collective understanding of the built environment creates unique and thoughtful proposals.
Ella completed her RIBA Part 1 at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She joined team in September 2017 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant.
A personal interest in natural sciences influenced her design projects throughout the three years. Culminating in her final research project, ‘Survival of The Prettiest- Evolutionary Functionalism’, which focused on pleasure gained from functional ornamentation. Early work investigated the colour and symmetry in butterflies; observing how they appear attractive and ornamental but are in fact a method of survival and evolution. This research then directly influenced her final year building project, an aseptic drug preparation facility and IV walk-in Clinic that used ‘functional ornamentation’ to create a more pleasurable experience for workers and patients. The building form and materiality were dictated by the strict environmental requirements of the program and were explored through investigative model making and 1:1 material tests.
Alongside her degree, Ella designed the ‘Pavilion stage’ for Houghton Music and Arts Festival that sought to highlight the natural elements of the wooded site and adjacent lake.