Architects

Top Recommended Architects

BEN ADAMS

OUTSTANDING IN FIELD

Ben Adams understands the power of architecture more than most. He uses his position to address the changing world we live in and says that urbanisation and globalisation don’t have to be bad things: ‘I think as architects we need… Read More

DAVID MIKHAIL AND ANNALIE RICHES

MIKHAIL RICHES

Leaders in the field of residential development, David Mikhail and Annalie Riches regularly work for private developers, housing associations and local authorities. In 2017, the practice received a RIBA award and a New London Architecture award, plus a commendation. A… Read More

ALISON BROOKS

ALISON BROOKS ARCHITECTS

As one would expect of one of the world’s most sought-after architects, Alison Brooks has had what she calls a ‘fantastic year’. She has worked across the globe, winning awards for projects in Barcelona and New York. Her crowning glory… Read More

CHARLOTTE SKENE CATLING

SKENE CATLING DE LA PEÑA

Charlotte Skene Catling has a unique approach to practice which she terms ‘geoarchaeology’, seeking to excavate meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. This method sees her taking observations about the composition of the earth, historical artefacts and… Read More

LUKE CHANDRESINGHE

UNDERCOVER ARCHITECTURE

When commissioning a home from Luke Chandresinghe and Undercover Architecture, one can be sure that the director’s heart and soul will go into the project.He says he is a ‘big fan’ of drawing and modelling, explaining that this is a… Read More

SIR DAVID CHIPPERFIELD

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS

RIBA gold medal winner Sir David Chipperfield’s practice is now active across four continents, and more than half of the employees at the London office are EU nationals — which has been integral to the practice’s success. ‘The transfer of… Read More

CONRAN AND PARTNERS

Conran and Partners was founded by the legendary Sir Terence Conran three decades ago. A RIBA Chartered Practice whose clients include American Express, John Lewis and British Airways, it was founded on the principle that imaginative design improves the quality… Read More

THOMAS CROFT

THOMAS CROFT ARCHITECTS

Described as ‘the art collector’s architect’, Thomas Croft has designed homes for a range of art dealers, collectors and celebrities.When Spear’s caught up with him,he had just completed his third project for Swedish art dealer Per Skarstedt. He is also… Read More

CHRISTOPHE EGRET AND DAVID WEST

STUDIO EGRET WEST

No lectures. No superiority and no pretensions. Just high ambitions, clarity of thinking and imagination in abundance,’ is the motto of architect Christophe Egret and urban designer David West. The pair founded Studio Egret West in 2004 to create a… Read More

JAMIE FOBERT

JAMIE FOBERT ARCHITECTS

A challenging environment is no deterrent for Jamie Fobert Architects, a firm accustomed to designing buildings for complex sites. All its commissions require unique and innovative solutions to resolve testing site constraints,and the firm is skilled at creating an architecture… Read More

JAMES FOWLER

FOWLER ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING

James Fowler is emphatic that his company has ‘no set style’. ‘We just like to work with the clients to develop houses they love,’ he says. The exteriors of Fowler’s projects often take a traditional form. ‘If you ask a… Read More

JAMES GORST

JAMES GORST ARCHITECTS

Self-described ‘classic modernist’ James Gorst has two favourite buildings. One is Mies van der Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat, a seminal modernist masterpiece — so far, so expected. The other is Bramante’s High Renaissance Tempietto in San Pietro in Montorio, which is… Read More

GRAHAM HARRIS

SHH ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

‘The team you assemble is ultimately vital to the success of the project,’ says SHH co-founder Graham Harris, adding that ‘historical threads and footprints will greatly inform and enforce your concepts when making client presentations.’ Harris and the team are… Read More

SIMON HAYCOCK

MICHAELIS BOYD

Since its establishment in 1995, Michaelis Boyd has offered a broad range of architectural and interior design services, from residential new-builds to renovations of hotels, restaurants and bars. Its work can be found in the UK, Europe, Africa, Nepal, Turkey… Read More

DAVID KOHN

DAVID KOHN ARCHITECTS

David Kohn Architects has now reached a decade since its establishment in 2007 by Cambridge graduate David Kohn. Based in Camden, he carries out an impressive range of projects, often following competitive tenders. One such was at New College, Oxford,… Read More

SALLY MACKERETH

STUDIO MACKERETH

Unsurprisingly, no one describes the philosophy of Studio Mackereth better than Sally Mackereth herself: ‘Studio Mackereth takes its signature from an integrated approach which places as much importance on the interior spaces as the considered details of the architecture that… Read More

NíALL MCLAUGHLIN

NíALL MCLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS

Níall McLaughlin holds professorships at UCL, Yale and UCLA, and counts Young British Architect of the Year 1998 among his impressive list of awards. The firm doesn’t specialise in particular building types but in ‘high-quality architecture’. It offers a broad… Read More

JOHN PAWSON

JOHN PAWSON

‘Simplicity in architecture and design’: that’s the motto of John Pawson, and he delivers on it. He is known for his minimalist aesthetic and his portfolio is brimming with clean, slender lines with pristine white the colour of choice. But… Read More

BEN PENTREATH

BEN PENTREATH

To say Ben Pentreath is an experienced architectural designer would be to undersell him. He has proved his worth not just with his skill in master-planning and urban development, but also with his eye for interiors and unique private homes…. Read More

DEMETRI PORPHYRIOS

PORPHYRIOS ASSOCIATES

The internationally renowned Demetri Porphyrios has a simple philosophy: he aims at ‘balancing the requirements of the brief with the necessities of good construction and the expectations of civility and beauty’. His company offers a range of architectural and interior… Read More

GEORGE SAUMAREZ SMITH

ADAM ARCHITECTURE

George Saumarez Smith is one of few architects who still produce hand drawings upon beginning a new project. In 2010, he put together the exhibition Three Classicists alongside Francis Terry and Ben Pentreath exhibiting that skill. His solo exhibition Measure… Read More

TOM EMERSON AND STEPHANIE MACDONALD

6A ARCHITECTS

Founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001, 6a has an increasingly distinguished portfolio. For instance, Cowan Court — the new halls of residence at Churchill College, Cambridge — was the first new court commissioned by the college since… Read More

FRANCIS TERRY

FRANCIS TERRY AND ASSOCIATES

After being in partnership with his father for two decades, Francis Terry started his own practice in 2016. While he is one of the leading practitioners in new-build classical houses for UHNW clients, his is also a flexible practice: ‘We… Read More

QUINLAN TERRY

QUINLAN AND FRANCIS TERRY

Such is his love of classical architecture that one day in 1968, Quinlan Terry teetered along the external cornice of the Pantheon in Rome to measure the pediment, all while wearing a five-piece tweed suit. And it’s that attention to… Read More

CARL TURNER

CARL TURNER ARCHITECTS

‘We think of ourselves as “thinkers and makers”,’ says Carl Turner, the AA- and RCA-trained architect, who set up his practice in 2007. The firm works across a range of project scales, from bespoke houses to larger regeneration schemes. Projects… Read More