Although it was not known at the time, the seed of Taylor Kay Architecture was originally sown when Emma Taylor and Ruairi Kay joined ECD Architects in 2007. Working together they developed a good personal and working relationship through shared interests in the integration of design and sustainability. They established Taylor Kay Architecture in 2011 in South East London where they offer a bespoke Architectural Service to their clients. Sadly Emma left Taylor Kay Architecture at the end of December 2016, to escape to the countryside and be closer to family in the South West of England.
Ruairi Kay Dip Arch Tech, Msc AEES
Director | Architectural Technologist
Ruairi specialises in low energy design and refurbishment. He studied Architectural Technology at Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland, graduating with a distinction and Student of the Year Award in 2004. He then joined a large design led Irish practice, Murray O’Laoire Architects. In 2007 he moved to London to work at Energy Conscious Design. As a senior Architectural Technologist he was responsible for developing their Passivhaus and retrofit expertise alongside the Director of Sustainability. During his four years at ECD Ruairi gained valuable expertise in low energy design and refurbishment across the residential, commercial and education sectors.
Ruairi’s experience at ECD includes 13 of the 86 Retrofit for the Future exemplar low energy refurbishment projects funded by the Technology Strategy Board. Ruairi has also worked with the Energy Saving Trust on a General Builder training pilot and the Solid Wall Insulation Field Trials. In the education sector Ruairi provided principal technical expertise on a number of school projects in the Royal Borough of Kingston as part of the 'Primary Expansion Programme.'
Recently Ruairi completed a part time Msc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology/University of East London with his final thesis focusing on how we can safely insulate existing solid wall properties.
Outside of his work at Taylor Kay, Ruairi is also retrofitting his own house, a keen kayaker, triathlete and an enthusiastic cook.