About Our Architectural Firm

We are moved by all forms of creative expression, be we are not defined by them.

Elements Architecture is a full service boutique architecture and design firm based in Barbados where synergy is the soul of the practice. This synergy lives through careful consideration and interaction of how the elements of life, design and human connection, combine together to form a building that goes beyond just the physical.

Our goal is to prioritize the human experience by uncovering the nuances of each person’s spirit and emotion, to create individualistic spaces that meet the needs of the client. By highlighting the intentional intricacies that enhance peoples’ feelings within each space. i.e how light, land, sound, and air, all help to elevate the way in which it is lived in.

We tailor our approach to meet each client’s requirements and are invigorated when clients present new challenges. We relish the opportunity that each project brings. Quite simply, we are not satisfied until you are.





Our Architects

We are moved by all forms of creative expression, be we are not defined by them.

Our ethos is driven by the pursuit of perfection, vigorous attention to detail and a desire to be ever at the forefront of good design. The Elements team is committed to delivering properties that fuse the lives of our clients with considered technical design to deliver tailored properties of the highest quality.

Douglas Patrick Luke

Architect | Director

If you are looking for phenomenal design, Doug is your man. Doug is a natural designer who is not bound to a particular style; his creativity knows no limits. Doug designs traditional, transitional and contemporary spaces equally effortlessly. His vast experiences range from residences in Miami to hospitality projects in St. Lucia and projects through the islands to Barbados and beyond. He has undertaken many master planning exercises and strongly believes in place making: spaces that have exceptional qualities.

Doug followed his passion and gained his degree in Architecture from Florida A & M University before resettling in Barbados. He has worked with the renowned firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk and has collaborated with Léon Krier, Demetri Porphyrios and Stefanos Polyzoides. Doug has acted as a visiting critic for graduate and post-graduate studies, most recently at the University of Notre Dame.

Doug is well versed in the art of design and likens architecture to silent music. He relies on the support of the team to transition his vision to reality, whilst keeping a keen eye on the essence of design. He is the gate keeper of all things architecture and does not settle when it comes to creativity.


Member of the American Institute of Architects | LEED Green Associate | Member of the US Green Building Council | Member of the Barbados Architects Registration Board | Member of the Barbados Institute of Architects | Member of the Congress of New Urbanism

Notable Projects


Coral Reef Club | St. James, Barbados

Draper Lake Pools | Draper Lake, Florida
The Barbados Pool | Rosemary Beach, Florida
The Sandpiper Hotel | St. James, Barbados

master planning

Apes Hill | St. James, Barbados

Limegrove Lifestyle Centre | St. James, Barbados


Zazen | St. Joseph, Barbados

Alaya Villa | St. James, Barbados

Godings Beach Villa | St. James, Barbados
Seaclusion Villa | St. James, Barbados
Wimoweh | St. James, Barbados

Marielle AssuE Gibbons


Marielle joined Elements Architecture in early 2020 and brought with her a wealth of knowledge finding creative solutions to the challenges of creating unique public and private spaces suited to various lifestyles. She has returned to the Caribbean to hone her skills in Barbados, but prior to that, was enveloped in design in the UK ranging from unique family homes to larger mixed-use developments and master plans, as well as breathing new life into historic buildings throughout the city.

Marielle gained her degree at the University of Miami and after that followed her passion is sustainable design at University College London in the UK. In London she was an integral part of a practice at the forefront of environmental design and research, delivering an exemplar sustainable community in York and undertaking research in energy use within homes. She is an enthusiastic designer and fully embraces the ethos that the devil in is the details – focusing on intricacies to create architecture that withstands the test of time.

Marielle is a registered architect in England and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. She is also a LEED Accredited Professional with the US Green Building Council.




Golden Lane Community Centre | London, United Kingdom
Great Suffolk Street | London, United Kingdom


Derwenthorpe | York, United Kingdom

The Chocolate Works | York, United Kingdom
Putney Plaza | London, United Kingdom

Tyers Gate Mews | London, United Kingdom

meet the team


Our Valuable Creative Partners

Together with our partners, we refuse to accept anything less than perfection and are constantly striving to be at the forefront of good design. 

Our team is dedicated to creating properties that fit our clients’ lifestyles perfectly and deliver technical designs of the highest quality.