Barbara has 30 years experience in construction as a roofer, joiner and strawbale builder.
She travelled in the USA and Canada in 1995 on a Winston Churchill Fellowship, researching strawbale building and gaining more experience, adapting techniques she learnt there to make them more suitable for the European climate and, with the help of a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship, incorporated knowledge of traditional crafts such as lime plastering and coppicing into designs and methods to simplify them and make them more sustainable and appropriate for the 21st century.
In 2011 she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Women in Construction, and in 2009 was named as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women. Formerly Director of amazonails, she now runs her own company, Straw Works, and is recognised as one of the leading designers of strawbale houses in Europe.
She has been developing techniques and simplifying practice in strawbale building and low impact foundations since 1994 and has direct experience of over 300 builds, with an international reputation for her empowering style of on-site practical training.