About Urbanist Architecture
As a contemporary residential architecture firm based in London, we bring together a world-class team, rigorously tested strategies and superior technology proven to unlock the potential of your site so that you can achieve ROI-focused results. Whether your site is on a significantly constrained urban setting, a conservation area, in the setting of a listed building, or based in a green belt, we can help you achieve remarkably successful residential extensions, conversions and new build homes.
Recognised as one of the best residential architecture firms in London (The Industry Post: 2016), we see patterns like these in our clients’ projects:
As residential architects, we deliver incredibly successful projects for national house builders and seasoned property developers right through to first-time investors and homeowners. And our clients hardly ever fail. That is because what we do derives from methods we developed based on practical experience, not only theory, whilst working in over 700 projects in the UK.
Planning is complex, it is neither objective nor subjective but somewhere in between. In order to succeed, you need to have not only a feasible project, but also a precise, proven planning system. Our unique six-step sequential model of planning system incorporates safeguards for many of the pitfalls and failings of typical planning applications.
Our rigorously tested system allows us to specialise in crafting creative planning application strategies for residential developments with sensitive planning conditions and restrictions. As residential architects with a dedicated focus in developing good design with our clients and seeking collaborative negotiation with planning officers, we secure planning permissions for unprecedented and quite exceptional projects.
At Urbanist Architecture, we believe that technical and conceptual thinking coupled with residential expertise, a broad skill set and rich experience makes a considerable difference in meeting the challenges and opportunities at each particular site. For this reason, we are committed to creative, inclusive and responsive approaches in residential architectural design services that enable the formulation of excellence, functionality and aesthetics in our works.
Our contemporary residential design approach allows us to design high quality places with truly unique and lasting appeal. Places to enjoy and be proud of. Places that foster a sense of belonging. Places where people feel at home. Places where people thrive. As one of the best residential architects in London, we design places that bring joy, peace and serenity to your lives.
We aren’t a mega-corporation. We are smaller, so close interaction is at the heart of what we do. Because we are so dedicated and committed to each project we undertake, we always cultivate strong relationships with our clients; if we didn’t know you well enough we wouldn’t have the confidence to materialise and deliver your vision. As a small architecture firm, we engage on a personal level with you because we want to exceed your expectations and strive for perfection.
This structure enables us to obtain high quality and extraordinarily personalised results for you. This is possible because by dedicating ourselves to a smaller number of clients, we work side by side with you to achieve precise attention to detail. This level of professional care and attention, which you can see in all of our projects, is more difficult to find in other residential architecture companies. To do so, however, we only take on a limited number of projects at a time.
As one of the leading residential architectural firms in London, we use the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology to integrate artistic skills with smart technology to create your 2D and 3D models. This creates an intuitive design process so your project is almost a prototype before it’s built. You’ll be able to visualise the layout and quality of your space, and interact and collaborate with us throughout the design and construction processes.
Detailed models, coordinated drawings and accurate schedules will also help your contractors understand the design and execute it more easily. Construction is therefore much simpler and it eliminates unnecessary and often costly mistakes that happen with an old school pen and paper approach. As our client, you go from plans, photos and list of documents that are broadly accurate to something that is 100% accurate and ready for you to build on.
At heart, we are residential architects. Urbanist Architecture is passionate about housing design because for us this is the most personalised service we can offer. We love making a difference, no matter how large or small, to people’s lives. Our approach is to design with purpose in mind; we are responsive to who will use the space, and how that space will be used.
With a clear understanding of our client’s needs and aspirations, we create realistic concepts and deliver functional spaces. We take into consideration every aspect of residential living, including the interaction of interior and exterior spaces, and the intertwining of private and public life. By paying attention to every little detail, our designs are tailored for contemporary lifestyles, yet able to accommodate future developments, as well as adapt to social, economic, and environmental changes.
We engineer the best residential design solutions that evolve as life evolves. We believe that flexibility is paramount for achieving sustainability and longevity. So if your search for “best residential architects” has brought you to us, we’re completely confident we can design a place that you and your family or your tenants or the future owners will be happy in.
Urbanist Architecture thinks outside the box of traditional residential and domestic space planning. For us, every brief is an exciting opportunity to rethink and explore new spatial possibilities and stretch our imagination, whether the project demands conversion, extension or refurbishment. From increasing ceiling heights to enhancing natural light, from installing bespoke furniture like moving walls or floating staircases to selecting luscious fabrics and finishes, our creative residential architects are great at materialising our client’s individuality and tastes without compromising quality or budget.
To achieve harmonious living, our residential design packages will always include an assessment of exterior space, such as landscape architecture and patio planning. We will ensure a continuation of high-quality bespoke design throughout the premises so that each of our clients can live as luxuriously as their budget allows. We’re high-end residential architects in terms of our ambitions, standards and some of the projects we work on, but that doesn’t mean that take a suburban extension any less seriously than exclusive apartments. We pledge that every job we take on will get our full attention and care.
Our residential architecture service encompasses a wide range of housing types, and we develop strategies for a whole spectrum of requirements. We collaborate with the public and private sector, designing housing for young and elderly people alike, as well as student residences and retirement homes, and develop solutions for both unique and individual bespoke houses and for leading developers. From high-rises to single houses, our astute and intuitive residential design team strive to deliver the ideal living quarters for all our clients with technical ability, aesthetic sensitivity, intelligent design and reliable construction.
With every design project, we always make sure to assess the viability of the site in order to take maximal advantage of what the location has to offer. Every team member is carefully selected based on their area of expertise and their experience, and each individual is highly knowledgeable of all current government regulations and guidance for housing developments, planning applications, and building safety and sustainability.
With a positive attitude, artistic vision, and operational efficiency, Urbanist Architecture can oversee every aspect of design, from the design stage to the construction stage, from managing planning applications and paperwork to selecting furniture, fixtures and fittings, on budget and on time. If you take us on as your residential architects, we’ll make sure that you get the building that you want, need and deserve. We’re here to design buildings that bring joy.
Urbanist Architecture is a London-based RIBA chartered architecture and planning practice with offices in Greenwich and Belgravia. We are on a mission to unlock the hidden potential of your site and deliver you a successful transformational change.