Architects

Spears 2020

BEN PENTREATH

To say Ben Pentreath, the royals’ interior designer, 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… Read More

BEN ADAMS

BEN ADAMS ARCHITECTS

‘Elegant contextual architecture balancing function with… flair,’ Ben Adams’ boutique firm tells the public about its ethos. The founder knows the power of architecture more than most, as he uses his position to address a changing world, saying urbanisation and… Read More

DAVID MIKHAIL & ANNALIE RICHES

MIKHAIL RICHES

Leaders in the field of residential development, David Mikhail and Annalie Riches work for private developers, housing associations and local authorities, and have spent 2018 restoring Park Hill Sheffield, the historic Grade II building which is the largest listed structure… Read More

ALISON BROOKS

ALISON BROOKS ARCHITECTS

As one might expect from one of the world’s most sought-after architects, Alison Brooks has had what she calls a ‘fantastic year’. She has worked worldwide, winning awards for projects in both 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 her practice which she terms ‘geoarchaeology’, seeking to excavate meaning from context to develop architecture. This method sees her taking observations of the composition of the earth, historical artefacts and the cultural… 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 is a ‘big fan’ of drawing and modelling, explaining that it is a ‘great… Read More

SIR DAVID CHIPPERFIELD

DAVID CHIPPERFIELD ARCHITECTS

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

SIR TERENCE CONRAN

CONRAN AND PARTNERS

Conran and Partners was founded by the legendary Sir Terence Conran in 1980. A RIBA Chartered Practice whose clients include American Express, John Lewis and British Airways, it was founded on the principle that imaginative design improves lives. With offices… 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 a third project for Swedish art dealer Per Skarstedt. He… 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… Read More

JAMES FOWLER

FOWLER ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING

James Fowler is emphatic that his family business has ‘no set style’. ‘We 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. The other is Bramante’s High Renaissance Tempietto in San Pietro in Montorio, which is perhaps more surprising. ‘They are… Read More

GRAHAM HARRIS

SHH ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

‘The team you assemble is… vital to the success of the project,’ says SHH co-founder Graham Harris. ‘Historical threads and footprints will also greatly inform and enforce your concepts when making client presentations,’ he adds. Commissions include a 1970s Grade… Read More

SIMON HAYCOCK

MICHAELIS BOYD

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

DAVID KOHN

DAVID KOHN ARCHITECTS

David Kohn Architects was founded in 2007 by Cambridge graduate David Kohn. Based in Camden, he carries out an impressive range of projects, often following competitive tenders. One such project was at New College, Oxford, where the firm designed student… Read More

SALLY MACKERETH

STUDIO MACKERETH

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

NíALL MCLAUGHLIN

NíALL MCLAUGHLIN ARCHITECTS

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

JOHN PAWSON

JOHN PAWSON

John Pawson was recently lauded for his ‘transformation’ of a former Tel Aviv hospital into The Jaffa Hotel. ‘Simplicity in architecture and design’ is Pawson’s motto, and he certainly delivers on it. Known for his minimalist aesthetic, his portfolio is… 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 necessities of good construction and the expectations of civility and beauty’. His firm offers a range of architectural and interior services,… Read More

KEES VAN DER SANDE

FORMATION ARCHITECTS

‘A skilled and stable team – with excellent relationships to the supply chain – means much more than nice CGIs,’ says Kees van der Sande, a director at Formation Architects, which specialises in projects in the global prime residential sector…. Read More

GEORGE SAUMAREZ SMITH

ADAM ARCHITECTURE

Working as one of six directors in the traditional architectural firm Adam Architects, George Saumarez Smith is among the leading lights of classical architecture today. His style is one of simple and elegant English classicism, and it permeates his entire… 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 example, Cowan Court (Churchill College, Cambridge’s new halls of residence) was the first new court commissioned by the college since its establishment, and is… 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. A leading practitioner in new-build classical houses for UHNW clients, he runs a flexible practice. ‘We are happy to turn our hand… Read More

QUINLAN TERRY

QUINLAN TERRY ARCHITECTS

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. It’s that attention to detail which has given the veteran architect an edge… 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 gamut of project scales, from bespoke houses to larger regeneration schemes. Projects… Read More