About Us

ADAM Architecture is a leading practice specialising in classical and traditional architecture and urban design. The practice is recognised worldwide for its residential portfolio which, alongside new town and country houses, ranges in scale from conversions, renovations and extensions for private owners, to masterplans and new urban designs including village extensions and major urban developments, and commercial projects including hotels, offices and healthcare buildings. 

In addition to new buildings, ADAM Architecture has been involved with the restoration, adaptation and re-use of numerous historic buildings including listed and protected buildings and monuments. ADAM Architecture developed a speciality in classical design in the 1980s and has since also become well known for its pioneering contextual urban design. In that time the practice has gone from strength to strength, and today employs around 90 staff across its offices in London and Winchester. The practice is led by four design directors – Nigel Anderson, Hugh Petter, George Saumarez Smith and Robbie Kerr – who each lead their own projects with their own distinct design ethos while working together as experts in the field of classical and traditional architecture. In all projects, they are supported by the wider ADAM Architecture team of highly skilled and experienced architects, technologists, urban designers, consultants, in-house historical researchers, project managers and administrative support colleagues. As the practice has continued to grow, so too has its geographic reach outside the UK with ADAM Architecture currently working on several prestigious projects around the world, in countries including China, Hong Kong, Cuba, Dubai, USA and India. 

ADAM Architecture’s expertise and clarity of thinking has been recognised by the government and other leading decision-makers, who regularly consult the practice on policy development and issues affecting planning and design. The government’s recent report 'Living with Beauty,' published by the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission gave particular prominence to Nansledan, a new urban extension to Newquay in Cornwall, as an exemplar development.

What services do you provide?

Architecture, Extensions

How would you describe your style?

"We design new homes in a classical and traditional architectural style, as well as restorations and alterations to existing homes, that exactly fit our client’s brief and are well suited to modern family living."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"We have an award-winning reputation for designing new town and country houses for clients across the world. Our team is experienced and well qualified, but it is also crucial to us that we can listen to our clients to enable us to produce designs that incorporate all their ideas and realise their dreams. When we design homes, we also consider the history of the area, the landscape, what is in and around the site so that we deliver a result that gives the client what they want but also blends seamlessly into the surrounding area. What we do well is to celebrate the best elements of architecture through the ages whilst still giving our clients what they need for modern living. The principles of traditional and classical design, handed down through history, are allied with the latest advancements in technology and sustainability to produce beautiful houses for the present day and for future generations."

1+2: Paul Highnam; 3+4: Dylan Thomas; 5+6: Paul Barker; 7 + 8: John Critchley

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