Here at TIP we have collated a list of who we feel are the Top 10 Architecture Firms in London. The list is in no particular order because we have featured a wide variety of architecture firms. Each firm stands out as an industry leader in the London architectural scene. We highly recommend that you check out their galleries of past and present projects as the innovative, modern, and often intrinsic designs are a pleasure to the eye. The designs range from small sites where making the most of small spaces is key to multi storey commercial complexes. So without further ado here are TIP’s Top 10 Architecture Firms in London;
1. Urbanist Architecture
Urbanist Architecture is a trusted 5/5 star rated company on Google+, Yell, and Yelp. Through the use of 3-d photorealistic visuals they can provide you with an accurate presentation of your project allowing you to have a visual description of your end product. The latest Building Information Modelling technology enables them to create fully coordinated models of high detail showing you how you project is likely to look before even a single brick has been laid. They offer both free quotes and initial advice. Their past project page is definitely worth visiting as it showcases the wide range of opportunities that are available.
2. Russian For Fish
Russian For Fish are this year celebrating their 10th year birthday. The ethos of the company is building a relationship with the customer. The RIBA chartered firm uses a network of multi-disciplinary consultants to provide a versatile team with an extensive knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques. They were recently featured in The Times who commended them for their ability to make the most out of small rooms where adding floor space isn’t an option.
Photo by Peter Landers.
3. Studio 304
Studio 304 is an architecture practice that specialises in the delivery of private residential projects. They can offer refurbishments and bespoke furniture design as well as new residential building projects. They use a simple and collaborative approach to ensure that their clients’ needs are fully understood which includes offering personal insight and expertise as a RIBA chartered practice. They keep a close eye on their developments during the building phase so that the project is delivered to the tiniest detail of your specification.
Studio 304’s ‘Glass Box Project’.
4. Jestico + Whiles
Jestico + Whiles has garnered a reputation for design quality and innovative solutions to challenging briefs. The practice, founded by Tom Jestico and John Whiles, has offices not only in London but also in Prague. Jestico + Whiles’ design reputation covers new-build and the sensitive, contemporary refurbishment of historic buildings. It also incorporates a specialist studio of experienced hotel and hospitality designers including architects, interior designers and FFE specifiers. Their diversity in design is highlighted by the variety of their projects which range from schools to university departments; five-star boutique hotels and restaurants; master-planning of residential developments to high-end apartments; individual office fit outs and corporate headquarters.
Jestico + Whiles RIBA National award winning ‘National Graphene Institute’. Photo by Daniel Shearing
5. Undercover Architecture
Undercover Architecture, dubbed by The Telegraph as a ‘maverick young practice’, is already making huge waves in the architecture world due to their commitment to excellence and innovation. The firm has a wide range of backgrounds such as but not limited to Architecture, Engineering, Set Design, and Fashion. They create projects from their collective comprehensive knowledge to deliver results that are both maverick and professional.
Tavistock Terrace by Undercover Architecture.
6. vPPR Architects
vPPR Architects is an emerging practice that has been using ‘theatrical and striking proposals’ to make a splash into the London Architecture scene. They are a RIBA award-winning practice having won their last award as recent as 2015 when they were awarded the London emerging architect of the year. They focus on residential, public, and commercial projects. They are an international firm with architectural experience in China and Switzerland as well as the UK. They are a company that goes against the tide and is more than happy to break mould to provide unique and exciting projects.
Vaulted House by vPPR. Image by Ioana Marinescu.
7. Glenn Howells
Glenn Howells has completed some of London’s key projects such as Wardian London and London City Island. Their aim is to design buildings that improve the owner’s life quality through their consistent efficient production of high quality design. The team are extremely integrated into each others projects and each project is carefully reviewed, by another qualified architect, weekly to define any areas that could be enhanced. The design of the build is centralised around the key priority of the client. Integration of green technologies that minimise carbon dioxide release and energy consumption are very important within their projects. They utilise modelling workshops, 3-D printing as well as 1:1 models to test the limits of the design.
8. Duck and Shed
Duck and Shed are niched into the residential design. They have experience with both small, intrinsic residential designs as wells as large, high-density developer led projects. Duck and Shed are also proud to add a list o Grade II restoration projects to their gallery having renovated the large manor house in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, and Merton. Duck and Shed also offer equally valuable and artistic interior design to their clients. They have garnered success in this market which was celebrated with featuring on the 2015 Elle Décor ‘Best in Britain’ directory.
9. David Collins Studio
David Collins Studio is the award-winning and market-leading interior architecture and design practice that realises creative and inspirational hospitality, residential, and retail projects worldwide. It is a globally-recognised brand and an expert in contemporary luxury and design. Established in 1985, The Studio collaborates with eminent brands and businesses that represent the best in their field, and with private clients that share its obsession with detail, innovation and functionality. The world of David Collins Studio is defined by its signature approach, developed and refined over the last three decades and the collective expertise of the team at The Studio is evident in every aspect of this world of carefully curated luxury.
Harrods Shoe Heaven by David Collins Studio.
10. Mohsin Cooper Limited
Mohsin Cooper Architects adopt both a collaborative and flexible approach that enables them to commit to high quality design while adding value to their clients. They have offices in South West London and Brighton & Hove. They are renowned for their ability to reach the design potential of their project; a claim that is backed up strongly by their client’s reviews. They are an industry leader in revamping existing buildings where burdensome planning restrictions are in place. Each project is led by a company director to ensure that each project has extensive experience.