Architecture Practices to Watch - Inner London, United Kingdom


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Introduction

In light of the recent pandemic, we have spent this time speaking with the architects who signed up to Pitch Your Concepts during our soft launch. These architecture practice's leaders are the early adopters - one of the first hundred architects who saw how digital tools can improve the way they work. During these conversations, we had the chance to find out more details about the projects they are working on, talk about the challenges faced by small to medium-sized architecture practices. This gave us greater insights into each architecture practice's experience and expertise. At the same time, we are constantly exposed to emerging architecture practices. Those who have few but excellent completed projects, as well as those who have built a wealth of experience in their practice or via previous employments.

The purpose of this piece Architecture Practices to Watch is to share our discussions and shortlist of architecture practices that we view to be carrying out exciting work across the United Kingdom. Today, we release the inaugural list with a focus in architecture practices around Inner London, including architecture practices in central London in no particular order.


 

Office S&M

Office S&M was founded in 2013 by Hugh McEwen and Catrina Stewart. The architecture practice is based in Dalston, London. The RIBA Chartered Practice's average project size is 100 sq. m., currently working predominantly in residential architecture.

The practice received recognition at the New London Architect's Don't Move, Improve! awards, winning the "Best Use of Materials" project which can be seen in their recent projects.

Average construction value: £150,000+

Planning track record: Excellent

Unique selling point: Deliver buildings that are an experience.

Key project: Our key project is always the one we are working on currently.

Recent projects: Valetta HouseSalmen HouseJanus House

Contact: +44(0)208 1066855   |   office@officesandm.com

Website: https://www.officesandm.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"An emerging practice with a few thoughtfully completed private residential projects injected with bright colours and careful consideration of each client's needs as a family"

#ArchitectsinDalston #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Whitman Wilde

Whitman Wilde was founded in 2017 by Frances Whittingham, Anthony Cowan and Alex Bauman-Lyons. The practice is based in Bermondsey, London, working at a variety of scales and sectors, delivering a range of projects in the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors in the UK and abroad.

Ethos: We collaborate. We interrogate. We add value.

Contact: +44 (0)203 488 4066   |   enquiries@whitmanwilde.com

Website: https://www.whitmanwilde.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"The up-and-coming team do both architecture and interiors, coming up with innovative and beautiful design solutions for existing commercial and residential projects" 

#ArchitectsinBermondsey #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Simone de Gale Architects

Simone de Gale Architects was founded in 2009 by Simone de Gale. The architecture practice is based in Belgravia, London. Project sectors are typically Residential, Commercial/Office, Retail, Hotel, and Hospitality.

Projects range in scale from 150 sq. m. to 6,000 sq. m. architecture, interior design, masterplanning, innovation, as well as project management services within Central London and Internationally. Clients include top property developers and private clients including high net worth individuals.

Average construction value: £250k - £10 million

Planning track record: 98% granted permission (only in exceptional circumstances is 2%)

Unique selling point - their motto: We Will Achieve Your Vision

Key project: Residential 70+ Flats 

Recent projects: Zetland House Coworking OfficesBeas of Bloomsbury Retail UnitsPark Lane TownHouse,  Pocket House Infill Project 

Contact: +44(0)20 7788 7977   |   info@simonedegale.com

Website: http://www.simonedegale.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A small practice with an ethos to achieve clients' vision. Here you'll find this includes an inventive approach to projects including developing a patent for a military material"

#ArchitectsinBelgravia #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Gregory Phillips Architects

Gregory Phillips Architects was founded in 1991 by Gregory Phillips. The practice is based in Mayfair, London, working on bespoke residential design from city homes, country retreats, period properties to contemporary architecture. With decades of experiences in the sector, the practice has in-depth knowledge in delivering unique homes.

Average construction value: £2 million - £10 million

Average project size: 700 sqm

Planning track record: 100% 

Unique selling point: Luxury contemporary house. Award-winning architecture and interior design.  

Recent project: Totteridge II

Contact: +44 (0)20 7724 3040   |   gp@gregoryphillips.com

Website: https://gregoryphillips.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Clean and crisp lines, flat roofs, Gregory Phillips' timeless approach to design and development, coupled with high discretion of his work puts him in a position to deliver the homes of high-profile clients"

#ArchitectsinMayfair #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Cousins & Cousins

Cousins & Cousins was founded in 2012 after founder Ben Cousins merged his practice with his architect wife Jelena's practice. The architecture practice is based in Camden, London,  working across a range of sectors including commercial, mixed-use, residential and historic buildings.

The practice's reputation is in exceptional quality and creativity, and approach each project driven by research and root their work in modern methods of construction. The practice was awarded a RIBA London Awards and BD Interior Architect of the Year.

Contact: +44 (0)207 482 4009   |   info@cousinsandcousins.com

Website: https://www.cousinsandcousins.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Meticulous detailing and an honest approach to materiality can be seen across the practice's completed projects"

#ArchitectsinCamden #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Urbanist Architecture

Urbanist Architecture was founded by design and planning consultant Ufuk Bahar. The practice is based in Belgravia and Greenwich, London. The small practice drive projects through their experience as planning consultants, as architects, and as interior designers. The practice work focuses on residential projects, working across home extensions, flat conversions, HMOs, change of use, and new builds.

Average construction value: £300,000 - £1 million

Planning track record: More than 700 successful planning applications in less than eight years, at a 97% success rate.

Unique selling point: The combination of high-quality architecture with equally accomplished planning and interior design expertise in a boutique practice specialising in residential extensions, conversions and new build homes.

Key project:

Comprehensive refurbishment of and addition of a two-storey extension to a 14,000sq ft Grade II* listed house. This was a task that required the highest sensitivity to the existing fabric of the building, a great eye for how the spaces could be restored and refreshed to regain its original grandeur, as well as a deep understanding of the regulations that are there to protect our heritage.

Recent projects:

Complete renovation/interior restructuring of Belgravia mews house. We transformed a once dingy and dark dwelling in an enviable location into a building whose elegant and light-filled interior is now the equal of its exterior. Highlights include a bespoke oak-and-glass corner staircase running from the bottom floor to the roof terrace.

Design of a block of eight new-build flats on an awkward inner-city site. The generous flats are all dual aspect and there is a roof garden, giving residents that crucial access to outdoor space that hard to come by so near a major shopping street.

Large house with a swimming pool on a Green Belt site. Getting planning permission for sizeable dwellings on Green Belt sites is a Holy Grail for many, and this shows it can be done in the right location with the right combination of architectural inspiration and planning insight.  

Contact: +44(0)203 793 78 78   |   info@urbanistarchitecture.co.uk

Website: https://urbanistarchitecture.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"The practice has a well-rounded repertoire approaching residential projects through their experience in planning" 

#ArchitectsinBelgravia #ArchitectsinGreenwich #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture

Alma-nac Collaborative Architecture was founded by Chris Bryant. The practice is based in Southwark, London. The RIBA Chartered practice's work range in scale from private, commercial and public clients.

The small architecture practice was shortlisted for a number of awards and won the Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards in 2018.

Contact: +44 (0)20 7928 2092   |   info@alma-nac.com

Website: http://www.alma-nac.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A young practice with a number of completed commercial and private residential projects formed by delightful ideas"

#ArchitectsinSouthwark #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Studio Octopi

Studio Octopi was founded in 2003 by James Lowe and Chris Romer-Lee. The practice is based in Southwark, London. The RIBA Chartered Practice work spans many sectors, including arts, schools, leisure, commercial and private houses.

The studio believes in architecture centred on the place and people.

Contact: +44 (0)20 7633 0003   |   studio@octopi.co.uk

Website: http://octopi.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Thoughtful and responsive to each site, the studio's public projects are often integrated closely with the landscape"

#ArchitectsinSouthwark #ArchitectsinLondon


 

PiM.studio

PiM.studio was founded in 2016 by Maurizio Mucciola and Maria-Chiara Piccinelli. The practice is based in Hackney, London. The RIBA Chartered Practice's past experiences at Kengo Kuma & Associates in Tokyo, led the team to work on the delivery of the V&A Dundee with the Japanese practice, and subsequently the interior fit-out of the building in Scotland.

Contact: +44 (0) 7435 604457   |   info@pim.studio

Website: https://www.pim.studio/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"The burgeoning practice establishing its name through a global perspective for each project's site"

#ArchitectsinHackney #ArchitectsinLondon


 

MSMR Architects

MSMR Architects was founded in 2000 by Sheila McCusker and Mike Storey. The architecture practice is based in Waterloo, London. The 40+ team of architects, designers, and support staff are working across a diverse portfolio including residential, hotel, commercial, and community projects.

Contact: +44(0)20 7928 6767   |   info@msmrarchitects.co.uk

Website: https://www.msmrarchitects.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"High attention to detail, the practice's pared-back residential interiors and architectural interventions are creating enjoyable living spaces across prime central London locations" 

#ArchitectsinWaterloo #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Liddicoat & Goldhill

Liddicoat & Goldhill was founded in 2010 by husband and wife team David Liddicoat and Sophie Goldhill. The practice is based in Shoreditch High Street, London and Margate. The practice's work across architecture and interior design with a growing reputation for crafted, tactile, atmospheric spaces and structures.

The practice was awarded a RIBA award for Shadow House and was named as one of Wallpaper* Magazine's 'Future 30'.

Contact: 

London & Margate Office: +44 020 7923 2737   |   info@liddicoatgoldhill.com

Website: https://www.liddicoatgoldhill.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"An emphasis on craftsmanship results in projects tailored to their client's needs in a pleasingly restrained approach"

#ArchitectsinShoreditch #ArchitectsinLondon #ArchitectsinMargate


 

Darling Associates

Darling Associates Architects was founded in 2003 by Chris Darling. The practice is based in Westminster, London and Manchester. Projects range in scale from master planning to regeneration projects, affordable to luxury residential, hotels, offices and retail.

The practice is an international award-winning AJ100 architectural practice. Recently completed the refurbishment of a Grade II listed heritage building in Marylebone.

Contact: 

London Office: +44 (0) 20 7630 0500   |   mail@darlingassociates.net

Manchester Office: +44 (0) 161 9899 720   |   mcr@darlingassociates.net

Website: https://www.darlingassociates.net/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Their work is diverse and distinctive in an elegant way, supported by a team of architects, interior designers, and project managers"

#ArchitectsinWestminster #ArchitectsinLondon #ArchitectsinManchester


 

YARD Architects

YARD Architects was founded in 2014 by Simon Graham and Jonathan Duffett. The RIBA Chartered Practice is based next to Borough Market in South-East, London, specialising in design-led residential architecture from inspirational house extensions to multi-unit developments.

Contact: +44 (0)20 7407 8303   |   studio@yardarchitects.co.uk

Website: https://yardarchitects.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"With over 100 projects completed since founding the practice in 2014, yet delivering a unique design in each project, the small team have developed extensive expertise in design and delivering homes for families, individuals and developers"

#ArchitectsinLondonBridge #ArchitectsinLondon


 

David Miller Architects

David Miller Architects was founded in 2001 by David Miller. The practice is based in Fitzrovia, London and Liverpool. The practice has a growing reputation for developing innovative, technology-led solutions and modern methods of construction to solve complex problems around design, programme and budget.

Contact:

London Office: +44(0)20 7636 4318   |   j.hardy@david-miller.co.uk

Liverpool Office: +44(0)151 707 1000   |   a.davies@david-miller.co.uk

Website: https://www.david-miller.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"The practice integrates technology within their design to maximise resources, working with an underlying commitment to creating social value through their projects and the way they practice"

#ArchitectsinFitzrovia #ArchitectsinLondon #ArchitectsinLiverpool


 

Price Parizi

Price Parizi was founded in 2014 by Reza Parizi and Georgina Price. The practice is based in Hackney, London. Approach to projects start with understanding the client's vision, then proposal solutions sensitive to site, scale, budget and program.

The practice work on domestic house renovations and extensions, to office and residential building renovations.

Average construction value: Between £100K - £2M

Planning track record: Very good. We don’t take No as an answer. Sometimes in a second time!

Unique selling point - how they approach projects: Focused. Project-specific design. Collaborative and innovative. 

Recent projects: Currently working on an office block in Hammersmith, a hotel in Wales, extension and refurbishments.

Contact: +44(0)20 3489 7570   |   parizi@priceparizi.co.uk

No website is available for the practice as of the time of publication.

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A young practice with contemporary extensions, lofts, and a couple of units as their bread and butter"

#ArchitectsinHackney #ArchitectsinLondon


 

GUNN Associates

GUNN Associates was founded in 2018 by Duncan Gunn. The practice is based in Soho, London, working across residential, commercial, educational and mixed-use schemes. 

Contact: +44 (0) 20 7377 5458   |   info@gunn-associates.com

Website: https://gunn-associates.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A small practice with a number of completed commercial and educational projects."

#ArchitectsinSoho #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Astrain Studio

Astrain Studio was founded in 2016 by Irene Astrain. The architecture practice is based in Spitalfields, London, operating in the worlds of architecture, design and academic.

Contact: +44 (0)7966 140 756   |   irene@astrainstudio.com

Website: https://www.astrainstudio.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"The studio's Cyril Mansions project integrates IKEA cabinet inserts with bespoke plywood panels - a showcase of the studio's creative use of limited budget without losing a touch of design"

#ArchitectsinSpitalfields #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Moll Architects

Moll Architects was founded in 2019 by Antonio Moll. The practice is based in Southwark, London, UK and Valencia, Spain. The RIBA Chartered Practice is working within the boundaries of architecture, urbanism and design.

Contact: +44 (0)75 0137 6185   |   info@mollarchitects.com

Website: https://www.mollarchitects.com/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A newly established practice recently selected to join the Architects Framework team at Southwark Council to deliver the council's Commercial and Industrial projects"

#ArchitectsinSouthwark #ArchitectsinLondon


 

APE Architecture & Design

APE Architecture & Design was founded in 2012 by Dan Gibbons. The practice is based in Stratford, London. Pursuing a design-led approach to sustainable architecture and deliver low-energy buildings that strive to be beautiful and cost-effective.

Ethos: All Possibilities Explored

Contact: +44 (0)20 7401 3229   |   admin@ape-ad.co.uk

Website: http://www.ape-ad.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Meloy Architects' Hill House by the practice shows a genuine concern for the surrounding environment, sitting lightly within its context"

#ArchitectsinStratford #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Bradley Van Der Straeten

Bradley Van Der Straeten was founded in 2010 by George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten. The practice is based in Hackney, London, with a focus in residential projects, plus an award-winning refurbishment of the world's largest purpose-designed music therapy centre for Nordoff Robbins.

Two of the practice's projects - Ogee House and Bladerunner House were longlisted in the New London Architecture (NLA) 2019 Don't Move, Improve award.

Contact: +44 (0)7495 083593   |   info@b-vds.co.uk

Website: https://b-vds.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A small-scale practice with a number of well-proportioned completed projects, from one-off house to a woodworker's studio"

#ArchitectsinHackney #ArchitectsinLondon


 

Cognition Architecture

Cognition Architecture was founded in 2016 by David Adjei. The RIBA Chartered Practice is based in Bermondsey, London. Working across the residential, commercial and sports sector, the young practice is also involved in property development through Cognition Estates.     

Contact: +44 (0) 208 003 0215   |   admin@cognition.london

Website: https://cognition.london/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"An architect with a commercial mind, joint-venture developments and funding for developments are on the table for discussion"

#ArchitectsinBermondsey #ArchitectsinLondon


 

TLA Studio

TLA Studio was founded by Carolyn Trevor and Patrick Lahiff. The studio is based in Camberwell, London. The studio focuses on residential and commercial architecture and interior design.

The studio's projects are located throughout the UK from London to Hampshire, and internationally from Hong Kong to Nepal.

Contact: +44 (0) 20 7737 6181   |   info@tlastudio.co.uk

Website: https://www.tlastudio.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"Functional and beautiful spaces for modern living"

#ArchitectsinCamberwell #ArchitectsinLondon


 

James Kay Architects

James Kay Architects was founded in 2015 by James Kay. The practice is based on Eltham High Street, London. The RIBA Chartered Practice work in all aspects of design and construction but has a focus in new build residential and the remodelling of existing buildings.

Contact: +44 (0)20 3733 2144   |   studio@jameskayarchitects.co.uk

Website: https://www.jameskayarchitects.co.uk/

PITCH YOUR CONCEPTS SAYS

"A thoughtful practice whose residential work is defined by light-filled spaces."

#ArchitectsinEltham #ArchitectsinLondon


 

This list of Architecture Practices to Watch will be periodically updated as we discover exciting new and reputable practices in the architecture industry.

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Note: The information above were compiled to our best knowledge and should be verified prior to any appointment. All images belong to the respective practices.