Best self build architects

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1. Javier & Catalina – Self build architect in Greenwich

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‘Our architecture and design studio has a reputation that is rooted in craftsmanship, rigorousness and productivity required to design modern custom made spaces, defining place and identity. We bring distinctive ideas, coherent simplicity and careful attention to detail. Design quality and the functionality of spaces are primary attributes of our work.


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2. Rory – Self build architect in East London

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Dear homeowner, I started a small design-led architectural practice in 2011 which has worked on many residential projects around the UK. Recently (2019) we have won a number of awards such as a New London Architecture Award, Architects’ Journal Retrofit Award and Build Magazine Award as well as had projects being shortlisted nationally and internationally. Our completed work has been published in Wallpaper, Dezeen, Architect’s Journal, Grand Designs Magazine, the London Evening Standard and Elle Decor.

We offer a comprehensive service which can be tailored to suit each project and we have extensive experience of refurbishments, house extensions and new-builds. I would recommend a phone call or meeting on site in the first instance where we can discuss your project requirements in more detail. From there I can suggest some options which might help you decide how to progress.

Every project is unique, with differing budgets and challenges, but we always place great emphasis on sustainable design and the use of carefully considered materials, textures and finishes to achieve a creative and elegant result. Above all, we value a good working relationship as the cornerstone of every project and this is what I believe enables honest and responsive architecture.


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3. Daniel – Self build architect in Glasgow

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Daniel is an award winning German architect based in Glasgow. With his practice established in 2017 he focuses on identifying specific architectural solutions which maximise the potential of each unique site and the individual ambition of each client.

His experience ranges from small scale residential projects in conservation areas, through completing the first contemporary house in Exmoor National Park to larger scale public interventions. Daniel currently works on bespoke projects throughout the UK and Ireland and his first commercial holiday let development using his expertly designed, cost-effective and off-site manufactured building system is scheduled for opening in 2020.


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4. Jonathan – Self build architect in Folkestone, Kent

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Jonathan is a British architecture studio based in Folkestone, Kent. We work at a range of scales including interiors, architecture, landscape interventions, and urban master-planning. We are currently working with a range of private individuals, commercial developers, and cultural institutions.

Jonathan founded his architecture studio in 2018 after working with various established practices, with the fundamentals of his experience developed under Andrew Phillips, a former director at David Chipperfield Architects in London. Jonathan worked on several significant urban development sites across London, with high profile clients such as Sellar.

Jonathan studied architecture at the University of Portsmouth, where he was awarded the Dibben Prize. He then went on to further his master studies at the University of Bath before concluding at the Architectural Association. As well as being half British and half French, Jonathan started life in Bangkok and has lived across the world.


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5. Lee – Self build architect in Surrey

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‘Young London and Surrey based architecture practice. Formed by Lee in 2018, the practice focuses on domestic architecture working with private clients, house builders and property developers. Our approach is to listen to and understand the clients’ needs and aspirations which is fundamental to the design process.

Each home can be viewed differently with every client having a different brief. We look at every project with a fresh approach and every project has time invested to create something unique and purposeful. We work hard to invest time in carefully considered designs and work collaboratively with our clients using various mediums to communicate our ideas.

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6. James – Self build architect in Derbyshire

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‘I see the architects role as a problem solver! You need more space, different room arrangements or a fresh new home be it inside a listed property or a new build, but solutions, especially interesting ones aren’t obvious. Hopefully this is where I can help? I’ve 20 years working in architects practice and currently specialise in working with with or near to historic buildings and one off private houses. I have also designed and built my own RIBA award winning house, that featured on Grand Designs House of the Year.

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7. Lydia – Residential architect in Chipping CampdenGL55

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‘Lydia is the design director of an award-winning, innovative architecture practice based in the South West, inspired by the unique context of each project. She enjoys creating thoughtful, site-specific designs and developments that enhance the urban or rural environment.

This approach has been recognised by the Miners’ Cottages winning the award for ‘Best Renovation’ in the 2016 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Young, enthusiastic and personable Lydia feels able to rise to any challenge and likes getting her teeth into tricky architectural issues in a variety of building types. Lydia helps clients, both commercial and residential, unlock potential in their projects by carefully listening to their requirements and is always interested in collaborating with private clients and other developers on projects large or small.’


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8. Murray – Self build architect in Tower Hamlets


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‘The approach that ties my thoughts together is a desire to create work that taps into local history, landscape, culture and microclimate. Once these fields of investigation have been explored, along with in-depth client briefing, I begin to develop my ideas. I believe projects of all scales, types and location can be successfully approached in this way to deliver architecture of the highest quality; buildings that are personal and spaces that are both functional and inspiring.’


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9. Hugh – Self build architect in Hackney E8

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‘I design architecture that makes the most of space, time and money in order to create generous houses that are a pleasure to inhabit. My approach explores re-using architectural styles from the local area in a contemporary manner, and utilising materials that are unusual and individual, yet perfectly suited for each project . These approaches help me to look at each house in its own bespoke way, and celebrate the narrative, colour, and personality of your day-to-day home.

By carrying out careful studies of the area, and then producing design options and iterations, I and my practice come up with new ways to solve problems. Through careful consultation and updates, we ensure that the designs are perfectly suited to the way you want to live. Our tailored approach carries right the way through the project, ensuring that you have completed work of the highest quality.

We have experience of working in Bedford, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Redbridge, Southwark, Wandsworth, Waltham Forest, Hackney, Haringey, and Islington.’


10. Gavin and Ashley – Self build architect in Manchester – M4

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‘We are a family run practice. Our passion is to create user focused crafted buildings for people influenced by Scandinavian lifestyle and design principles.

Our studio is based in Manchester with our work taking us across the UK. We have vast experience, a proven track record with each of our buildings focused around a strong sense of belonging . Each one is a place to call home.



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