About Us

Hi, I'm Matt

I founded Squid Architects in 2019 so that I could focus my energy on designing sustainable, low energy homes. I initially wanted to study architecture whilst at school but decided to study Surveying and after completing my degree worked in London for many years, working for the NHS. This was a great experience and really helped me gain an understanding of how people use buildings.

It also illustrated what was inherently wrong with so many of them! I noticed a disconnect between architects and the people who use the buildings. I wanted to make a change: to design buildings which work. To design buildings and homes in collaboration with the building users. My objective was to create a seamless integration where the home becomes an extension of us.

I am passionate about good design and the environment. I currently work part-time at NTU (Nottingham Trent University), where I tutor architecture students. This enables me to learn about fresh new ideas and to continue my own journey of learning, whilst (hopefully!) giving something back to the students.

Our office is developing a strong reputation for timber frame construction including CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) and Passive Homes.

Matt Turner
BA (Hons)
Prof Dip. Arch
PG Cert
BSc (Hons)


We are Squid Architects. We specialise in sustainable low-energy design and are passionate about architecture and the environment. Each project is unique. We do not cut and paste the same design for each project.

Why should you use us? 
Our designs add value to your home. We have the technical expertise to maximise the potential of your home. Often giving creative solutions that you may not have thought of.

If you want a creative approach to your project then we would be happy to help. We focus on high-quality design solutions. We experiment with materials and use architectural ideas to help create the inspiring places you want to live in.

We work in the East Midlands region, predominantly in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Please check out our blog, which has regular news about our projects and free information and guides regarding all types of architectural project.

Matt Turner is a Charted Architect who has worked in the residential, retail, commercial and industrial sectors. He currently specialises in houses, wishing to work closely with clients who want to improve their homes. Matt studied at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) where he was able to specialise in Sustainable Architecture.

My specialism is Sustainability. Some call it Green Architecture, Eco Architecture, Low Energy Design. Whatever you call it, the principles are the same:

Create inspiring places to live

Homes that are warm to live in and require very little heating

Reduce energy bills for home-owners

Build using materials that are kind to the environment. We won’t choose ‘trendy’ materials. We will assist Clients to choose materials which derive from sustainable sources. Materials which have a low ‘Cradle to Grave’ carbon footprint.

Be sensitive to our surroundings.  Our homes should be sensitive to the gardens, neighbours and communities around us.

For this reason, we choose our projects wisely.

It is important that our clients are open-minded, prepared to be challenged and that they want to protect the environment.

We are constantly trying to push the boundaries to find the best designs and value for money for our clients.

Our office is very busy. If you are serious about your project, then please get in touch for an initial chat so what we can discuss the feasibility of your project in the first instance.

How We Work

Since our inception, we have aimed to deliver a complete service to our clients. We go above and beyond your expectations, as many construction projects fall down without adequate research and planning.

A favourite saying of ours is  “God is in the Detail”.

We are passionate about Sustainable Design. We are also committed to listening to our clients and working with them to fulfil their dreams.

We are not the often conjured picture of aloof architects, creative geniuses who force their ideas onto their clients. The key word here is Collaboration.

If you are seriously interesting in working with us, the please get n touch. We have a selection of past clients who would be happy to provide a personal reference to discuss how we worked together.

Please have a look at our Resources page, as this has a free download on How to Appoint an Architect. Whether we decide to work together or not, it is essential that clients familiarise themselves with the process and learn some tips on finding the right person.

At Squid Architects we are a design driven…… we take your ideas, build on them and develop them further. We then also provide a few of our own that you might not have through about,

We enjoy contemporary, modern design which are thoughtful and considerate to the environment. But most importantly, they are perfect for you. They meet our Client’s requirements. Once we have met, Squid Architects will develop your brief (ie what you looking to achieve) further, utilities all of the opportunities and constraints on site to deliver a design that will surpass your expectations.