About us

Founded in 1999, Burwell Architects is a RIBA award winning architecture practice based in Deptford. We are experts in the design and delivery of a wide range of projects of different scales, with a particular specialism for working within the residential, commercial, and higher education sectors.

We are regarded as thought leaders and innovators in the design of buildings for universities, higher education, and academic research. Our approach necessitates thorough engagement with educational institutions to create outstanding learning environments that explore the changing nature of teaching excellence and diverse opportunities for learning. Our experience over the past twenty years has included many new buildings for education institutions, including advanced research buildings, libraries, student social hubs, and buildings for the arts. More recently there has been a trend for universities to gain
advantage from their existing assets through retrofit, and we continue to work with our clients to investigate ways of getting the most value from their historic estates.
 
Our residential experience ranges from large developer led new build brownfield projects to the creation of bespoke homes for high-end developers and individual clients. We have accumulated considerable experience of developing high density urban residential projects to the point of completion; for many of our housing clients, we are known as both design architects and delivery experts, and have a vast wealth of experience of negotiating high quality, and ambitious projects successfully through planning.

Our people

We are a design practice of skilled and experienced architects. We are hands-on, efficient, and enthusiastic in our role as designers and value the trust that we are afforded by our clients. Our design team of more than 25 people is the largest architecture studio in the London Borough of Lewisham.

While the overall design direction and ethos of the practice is led by Nicholas Burwell, he is joined by a leadership team of Associates and Directors who have been with the studio for some time and have considerable experience across our project and sector base. Our architectural teams are also very experienced – predominantly qualified architects with different skillsets and expertise that complement our approach to working and projects. Our studio ethos is focussed on creativity and productivity in an environment that is relaxed and open.

Nicholas Burwell

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Principal Director

Simon Parkes

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Director

Christopher Gilbert

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Director

Charlie Leadlay

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Director

Caroline Rogerson

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Associate

Sam Wright

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Associate

Victoria Ridgewell

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA ARB

Associate

Andrew Stammers

Senior Architect

Chinmay Potbhare

Architect

Amelia Watkins

Architect

Neil St John

Architect

Sean McCann

Architect

Bongani Muchemwa

Architect

Daisy Baker

Architect

Anna Grodzka

Architect

Aled Evans

Architect

Graeme Bothwell

Architectural Assistant

George Whitehead

Architectural Assistant

Mabel Parsons

Architectural Assistant

Brian Whelan

Architectural Assistant

Hannah Charleton

Architectural Assistant

Billy Cameron

Architectural Assistant

Hollie McIntyre

Office Manager

Robert Park

Communications

Culture

The culture of our workplace is important to us. We foster a working environment that respects our staff’s personal time, and the constraints of the working week. We believe that the creation of successful architecture does not come from production lines, and so we create opportunities for reflection across the timeline of a project.

We are an ethical practice, with a commitment to sustainability. Our office achieved Carbon Neutral status in 2019, and we continue to develop ways of maintaining and improving our responsibilities to the environment in our working practices.

Our qualified staff have RIBA membership, which is provided for by the studio, and we sponsor architectural students at post Part 1 and Part 2 stages of their education through to qualification. Our diverse and multicultural studio is run with an ethos of mutual support and respect, something that we are pro-active about promoting.
 
Socially, we instigate regular opportunities for staff interaction and relaxation, which has recently taken the form of regular wine-tasting evenings, life-drawing classes, and other outdoor activities such as cultural visits and fact-finding trips.

Work for us

We always interested in receiving high quality resumes from talented architects and Part 1 and 2 students. Please feel free to send your short digital resumes to recruitment@burwellarchitects.com. We are a Mac based studio and use Vectorworks and Revit as our primary CAD tools, and so knowledge of these platforms is advantageous.

Due to the quantity of applications that we receive, we cannot promise that we’ll be able to respond to every application for work at Burwell Architects.

We currently do not have any vacancies, but please send us your CV and any work you think supports your career. We will keep it on file.

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