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.
He returned to London in 1986 and joined Christopher Smallwood Architects. This proved to be an ideal environment for Jonathan to refine his architectural skills on many significant historic buildings. Jonathan became a Director in 2001 and took over as Managing Director on Christopher Smallwood’s retirement in 2011.
Realising that running an architectural practice is a business as well as a vocation led Jonathan to enrol on the Executive MBA programme at the London Business School, graduating in 2000. Subsequently Jonathan lectured at the University of East London specialising in the importance of design in business.
For several years Jonathan was registered as an Architect in New York where he undertook many high-end remodelling projects in Manhattan, Connecticut and upstate New York, and also sat on the board of the American Institute of Architects in London. He regularly attended the annual AIA congress at venues across the US.
Jonathan has worked on the careful restoration of many important buildings including castles in Scotland and an 18th century Palladian mansion in Oxfordshire. He particularly enjoys the challenge of creating new homes within an existing historic context as he feels that this can give a client the best of all worlds; 21st century living standards married with the style and elegance of traditional architecture.
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.
Julius particularly enjoys the challenge of designing bespoke joinery solutions to suit clients’ individual needs. He is excited by working with materials and transforming them from their raw state into objects of desire, whether these are fine marbles, simple blocks of local limestone, or even MDF!
When he moved to London, Julius trained at Kingston University. He joined Christopher Smallwood in 2000, having found an architectural practice where bespoke building projects were being completed with fine materials by craftsmen who shared the same common values.
Through bringing imaginative ideas and by assembling the appropriate team of consultants and specialists, Julius has been responsible for the design and alteration of important historic and Listed buildings to an exceptional standard of quality.
In 2013 Julius became a director and opened an office for Smallwood Architects in Stamford, Lincolnshire. He heads a dedicated team of five architects and assistants.
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.
He has had a life-long interest in historic buildings wherever they are. An inveterate traveller, John seeks out wonderful architecture especially in less travelled corners of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Islamic world. He has always found that architecture is the best possible passport to enjoyment of the culture and diverse peoples of the world.
John trained in Dublin and studied at post-graduate level in Historic Building Conservation at the University of Leuven in Belgium. Initially he worked for 6 years within a noted London conservation practice but found that the dry reinstatement of old structures failed to inspire. On meeting Christopher Smallwood in 1994 he realised that the creative approach of the practice was a perfect fit for his ambitions. He has been a Director since 2001.
Within the practice, John’s most notable projects have included remodelling and restoration of several important Listed historic houses, the design of a two completely new large Classical family houses, and numerous refurbishments and additions to Listed buildings throughout the UK and Ireland.
John is an occasional lecturer and studio mentor at the Inchbald School of Design and the KLC School of Design. Aside from travelling, he diversely enjoys his languages (Irish, French and Italian), contemporary art and everything Irish.