Creating Beautiful Buildings that Enhance our Clients’ Lives


Smallwood Architects was founded by Christopher Smallwood in 1976 to provide a very personal service to clients in delivering to them beautiful buildings of the highest quality. Initial commissions came entirely through word of mouth, but in the intervening years we have grown and achieved a reputation for delivering high quality traditional and contemporary design throughout the UK, Europe, the US and beyond. Our motto is “Creating Beautiful Buildings that Enhance our Clients’ Lives”. Our philosophy is that the outstanding architecture of the past can inspire the architecture of our time.

We are London architects, drawing upon the diversity, creative excitement and high skill base of this most international of cities, while also bringing profound respect for the historic basis of our built environment. We also have a team located in the beautiful historic market town of Stamford, in Lincolnshire, bringing our metropolitan view to a wider audience.

Our approach is simple – we aim to get to know you and your ambitions and to design a beautiful space or building tailored to you as an exact fit. Whether your project is for sensitive alterations to a Grade 1 Listed castle or for a new stand-alone contemporary house, we bring the same personal approach. Drawing upon our extensive creative experience, professional expertise and cultural awareness we aim for you to enjoy the complex process in safe hands.

Great buildings come from great clients.


As architects our strength is in creative solutions to complex design problems, which accurately reflect what you want.

We are a practice of talented Chartered architects and technicians who share a commitment to providing a personal service in delivering projects of the highest quality.

Our strength is completeness in our skills, happy to go beyond the concept and exterior to work as Interior architects to see the spaces that we design fully realised.

Our approach to historic buildings is informed, conservative and respectful, but also creative and imaginative and where appropriate, contemporary. We strongly hold that the best future for old buildings is to make them comfortable and truly relevant to the way we want to live now.

We work with networks of excellent people, other consultants whom we can call upon to join us in delivering to you all complimentary aspects of the project as seamlessly as possible.

We like to provide a complete architectural service but are equally happy to tailor the level of our service to meet your requirements.

We are open to working with you in unconventional ways. Unlike many other architects we are not afraid of working with the clients’ own decorator, landscape designer or Feng Shui consultant to achieve a complete solution.

We are London architects, used to working internationally and able to bring our skills wherever you may need them. We are also Stamford architects, able to reach a broader geographical area of the UK.

Our strength is in our talented and personable staff. We enjoy what we do.