Project type

Local knowledge & expertise

If you’re looking for the best architects working in Kensington and want a team who deliver outstanding projects on time, you’re in the right place.

We are Kensington architects who specialise in crafting creative design and planning strategies to unlock the potential of challenging sites and buildings.

Since 2013, we’ve been working on residential projects in Kensington allowing our team to develop a firm grasp of the nuances of local planning policies and building regulations in the area.

Recognised as one of the best residential architecture firms in London, we work across the entire residential architecture spectrum with construction budgets of 200k - 10m. With a proven track record of delivering home extensions, flat conversions, HMOs, new build houses, and flats, we deliver successful projects for national house builders and seasoned property developers, right through to first-time investors and homeowners.

Looking for an architecture firm in Kensington?

Throughout the planning, design, and construction journey's highs and lows, you'll find our team open, communicative, and down-to-earth. Unlike numerous architecture practices, we consistently underpromise and overdeliver.

Write us a message
Decorative image of an architect working
Map of Kensington, London, highlighting key streets and green spaces, including Holland Park, Kensington Gardens, and the surrounding residential areas. This map showcases the intricate layout and accessibility of this affluent and picturesque neighbourhood, known for its historic architecture and cultural landmarks.

We serve homeowners and developers throughout Kensington

As architects in Kensington, we serve homeowners and developers right throughout the neighbourhood, including (but not limited to) the following postcodes: SW10, SW10, SW1W, SW1X, SW3, SW5, SW6, SW7, W10, W11, W12, W14, W2, W8, W9.

Aerial view of Kensington, London, showcasing its iconic red brick Victorian and Edwardian townhouses, tree-lined streets, and proximity to the River Thames. The image highlights the blend of historic and modern architecture, with the London skyline visible in the distance, including notable landmarks like The Shard. This scenic overview captures the charm and affluence of the Kensington neighbourhood.

What makes Kensington special?

A truly iconic London neighbourhood, Kensington is among the most affluent areas of the city, offering a wealth of experience for tourists and locals alike. With its picture-perfect streets, celebrated sites, and lavish stores, you won’t be easily bored here.

Beyond the beauty of the streets and the neighbourhood’s divine architecture, one of the first things people notice in Kensington is the number of world-class museums in the area. The Science Museum, Design Museum and Natural History Museum can all be found in Kensington, making it a popular spot for tourists. As well as its many museums, Kensington is also a stone’s throw from Harrods, the country’s most premium department store. Featuring world-class designers like Chanel and Prada, it’s certainly not the spot to shop if you’re in search of a bargain. Beyond high-end shopping, there is also an array of incredible dining experiences on offer, including Bibendum, Min Jiang, and Dishoom, to name a few. Fortunately, not everything in Kensington comes with an exorbitant price tag; there are a number of beautiful green spaces you can access for free, including Holland Park, Kensington Gardens and, of course, Hyde Park. Join the hoards of joggers for a trot around the park’s perimeter, or roll out a picnic blanket and enjoy some afternoon sun overlooking the lush parklands and gardens.

Close-up view of Kensington's iconic red brick and white stone Victorian townhouses, featuring ornate architectural details and iron railings. The row of elegant, historic homes exemplifies the distinctive residential architecture that makes Kensington one of London's most picturesque and affluent neighbourhoods.

The architecture of Kensington

Kensington’s architecture elevates an already stunning area to another level. Characterised by substantial red brick Victorian and Edwardian townhouses, as well as streets lined with traditional terrace houses, walking through the streets of Kensington never disappoints. There are also gorgeous colourful mews houses in the area, brightening up even the dreariest of London days.

As well as its remarkable residential architecture, Kensington also has a number of beautiful historic buildings, including the aforementioned Harrods store with its Edwardian Baroque and Beaux-Arts style, as well as Kensington Palace and the Royal Albert Hall, which are each well worth a visit.

Architect working on detailed blueprints and planning applications in Kensington, London. The image showcases the precision and expertise involved in architectural design and planning, highlighting the meticulous process required to create successful residential projects in this historic and affluent neighbourhood.

Planning applications in Kensington

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea approved 87% of planning applications in its most recently reported quarter (ending September 2023).

Our expertise in planning applications means we have a 97% success rate of getting planning permission for our clients (across all councils). Kensington is an area we are extremely familiar with and is somewhere we have a long history, increasing the chances that you - as our client - will get planning approval.

Charming cobblestone street lined with colourful mews houses in Kensington, London. The picturesque scene showcases the unique and quaint residential architecture typical of the neighbourhood, highlighting the appeal for homeowners investing in high-end refurbishments and renovations in this affluent area.

Most popular projects for homeowners

Kensington homeowners don’t often part with their perfectly placed properties, instead seeking to improve them by investing in either high-end refurbishments or renovations. Working on these projects and seeing regular houses transform into extraordinary homes is always a joy.

Busy street in Kensington, London, featuring historic buildings and iconic black cabs. The scene captures the vibrant urban atmosphere and the blend of commercial and residential architecture, highlighting the appeal for developers investing in luxury new build blocks and property conversions in this affluent neighbourhood.

Most popular projects for developers

Developers in Kensington tend to capitalise on the opulence that’s synonymous with the area, building luxury new build blocks for wealthier Londoners who want to live in one of the city’s most affluent nooks. In addition, a wide range of property conversions are common, including flat amalgamation and office-to-residential projects.

“ Thank you for all your efforts in helping us to secure planning permission. You made our dreams come true. ”

Simon G. — London

“ Passion, creativity and personality; I think these three words can describe Urbanist Architecture's young architects team. They have done all the work for us and been with us from beginning to end till they handed us the keys to our new house.. Our families and friends loved the design and we can't thank you enough for making us the owner of this beautiful, flawless, prestigious house. ”

Lisa D. — Kent

“ Ufuk and the team were very accommodating, talking us through the design elements and what was evident that we still had lots of questions and they were able to answer our questions and provide us with a final project we are very happy with. Planning was approved and the team were excellent in keeping the project moving and on time possible. ”

Marisa B. — London
Glass staircase with light and shadows reflected off it
Glass staircase with light and shadows reflected off it
“Designing in Kensington is always a treat, especially home refurbishments where we have the opportunity to match a home’s interior with the beauty of its exterior”
Signature of Selena Martin, Architectural Designer
Selena Martin

Architectural Designer

Portrait of Selena Martin, Architectural Designer

Ready to unlock the potential of your project?

We specialise in crafting creative design and planning strategies to unlock the hidden potential of developments, secure planning permission and deliver imaginative projects on tricky sites

Write us a message
Decorative image of an architect working