Barc Architects - architectural and interior design. We specialise in the design and delivery of high quality contemporary buildings, extensions and renovations in Devon and the South West.

Caroline Shortt, BArch RIBA ARB - Director

“For me, buildings are all about the people who occupy them. I love getting to know my clients, learning about their lives, passions and interests and using this knowledge to create an individual design which is tailored specifically for them.”

Caroline is a fully qualified chartered Architect and Director of Barc Architects. She is passionate about creating buildings that delight and create everyday joy. A problem solver at heart who loves the challenges of different projects, she gets to know each client individually and this familiarity is beautifully reflected in her designs. As happy inspecting works on site as sketching at her drawing board, she is involved in every aspect of her projects, running them with efficiency and professionalism.

Since graduating from The Dublin School of Architecture, she has developed a broad background of international experience and has worked on a number of award-winning buildings. While working at Jestico + Whiles, she was involved in the design and delivery of a number of high-profile projects including boutique hotels in Europe and large residential schemes in London. At Mooarc Guernsey, she worked closely with her clients to create beautifully crafted and exquisitely detailed houses. She moved to Devon in 2008 to establish the Exeter branch of BAS Mooarc and in 2012 founded Barc Architects. At Barc she continues to focus on innovative and contemporary design and creating bespoke, individual houses with her clients.


- Guernsey Design Awards 2012, Overall Winner Etoile du Nord (BAS Mooarc)
- RIBA Downland Prize 2011, Category Winner for Etoile du Nord (BAS Mooarc)
- Sandhills, Design Competition 2011/2012 (BAS Mooarc)
- World Travel Awards 2009, Category winner for the Adriana Hotel and Riva Hotel (Jestico + Whiles)

Emmet Hanley, BArch RIBA ARB - Senior Architect

Emmet is a fully qualified chartered architect at Barc. He began his career as a furniture designer and maker having studied at the prestigious GMIT woodwork college in Letterfrack, in Ireland. Following a stint travelling in North, South America and Australia working as a cabinet maker and carpenter on various building projects, architecture seemed like a natural career progression for him.

Having completed his architectural training in the UK, he has now lived and worked in the Southwest since 2008, working first at Archial Norr architects and more recently at Lacey Hickie Caley Ltd.

At Archial he worked on a variety of projects including the multi-award winning Life Centre in Plymouth and other notable buildings (both shortlisted for awards) Mylor Yacht Club in Cornwall and Buckfast Winery in Devon.

More recently at LHC, Emmet also worked on a number of exciting projects including a proposal for an eco hotel on Drake’s Island in Plymouth, Sherborne House Arts Centre and he was project architect for a new visitor centre, restaurant and interpretation space for the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.

Emmet’s background in furniture making has given him a strong appreciation for tradition and craftsmanship but also the ability to embrace ‘cutting edge’ technology, something he hopes is reflected in his approach to architecture. He joined the practice in 2016 seeking to focus more on private commissions enabling him to draw on his furniture design background and also more generally to pursue an architecture that surprises, delights and of course is sustainable!


- Built in Quality Awards Awards 2013, Best Community Building, Life Centre (Archial)
- Michelmores Property Awards 2013, Project valued at over £3million, Life Centre (Archial)
- Institution of Civil Engineers 2013, Major Project of the Year, Life Centre (Archial) 
- Michelmores Property Awards 2012, Mylor Yacht Club shortlisted in both categories, Project under £3million & Building of the Year (Archial)
- Michelmores Property Awards 2011, Buckfast Winery shortlisted for Eco Building of the Year
- Letterfrack GMIT, O’Donnell & Tuomey Library Chair Competition, chair shortlisted

Adam Scott, BA (hons) - Senior Architectural Technician

As well as designing, Adam brings technical drawing and three-dimensional modelling skills to Barc. He plays an integral role in researching specifications and construction detailing. Adam also brings an empathetic understanding of client needs, innovative design ideas and good knowledge of sustainable technologies to Barc.

Adam graduated from Plymouth University in 2006 and joined the Mooarc studio shortly after, working on a number of residential projects in Guernsey including the award winning project “Etoile du Nord”. In 2008 Adam moved to Australia and whilst working for Merrin & Cranston Architects assisted developing a number of residential aged care facilities in Queensland and New South Wales.

Since returning to the UK in 2011, Adam worked alongside Caroline in Exeter helping build upon the growing reputation of BAS Mooarc and then took up the opportunity to help Caroline in forming Barc Architects.

Since then, Adam has been building upon his extensive technical and construction knowledge and recently enrolled upon, and passed, the Passivhaus Designer training course & exam. As of 1st August 2017, Adam obtained the designation of Certified Passivhaus Designer; he brings his Certified Passivhaus Designer knowledge to a variety of projects at Barc and actively contributes to improving the quality of our buildings.

Christina MacDonald, BA (hons) - Office Manager

Following eight years working for South West Water Christina joined Barc Architects in 2014 as an Architectural Assistant. Since graduating from her Architecture Degree at Plymouth University in 2016 she has developed her role within the studio to become Office Manager and now takes control of the behind the scene processes and administration of Barc. She continues to develop both her skills and experience within the architecture and construction industry, as well as increasing the efficiencies within the studio.