We are a diverse group of people, of several nationalities, all sharing the design and work values established by Christopher Smallwood in 1976. A mix of experienced architects, technologists and assistants, we are a Chartered RIBA practice with a metropolitan outlook on creative design of the highest quality.
Many members of our team have been with us for many years, sharing our development as a practice entirely focussed on working with our clients to make a complex process understandable and enjoyable.
Ongoing staff training and self-development is at the core of our values, to keep abreast of the latest technologies and evolving new ways of working, so that the quality of our service is maintained.
Our team extends beyond our own staff into networks of allied professionals, many the most excellent within their own professions, whose shared values have joined with us in repeated delivery of successful projects to our clients.
Jonathan was inspired from an early age to become an architect to follow his grandfather and uncles into the construction industry. He studied Architecture at the University of Nottingham and at the University of Cape Town. Working on large commercial projects in South Africa convinced Jonathan that his real interest lay in working with private individuals crafting carefully designed bespoke houses.
Julius’s interest in architecture stems from when, at a very early age, his parents set about converting a derelict 16th Century Cornish watermill into the family home. Assisting his father, in these formative years, was the basis for his appreciation of historic buildings.
John grew up in Dublin where he was inspired by the extraordinary Georgian architecture of the city. From his earliest years he sought out exuberant rococo plasterwork and romantic country house ruins. Coupled with this was a strong concern for the poor quality of so much contemporary design and the ongoing loss of many historic buildings.