James Grayley Architects was founded in 2012 and is based in London and Bath. We are an award winning practice with a rich track record of working across a broad spectrum of sectors and scales to create well crafted, intellectually rigorous architecture. We have a focus on working in sensitive and historic sites to deliver excellent housing, community and cultural projects.
Our projects evolve from observation and discussion, exploring ideas of context that embed our proposals in the culture of their place. We undertake meticulous research, unraveling the built and social history of a site, allowing us to make work that is informed by it’s history but is both original and contemporary.
The practice seeks to embrace the distinctiveness of each project and latent potential of complex sites without the imposition of preconceived solutions, instead celebrating the potential of found conditions. The imaginative reuse of existing structures is central to our work. We focus on low-tech, high performance construction, adopting a fabric first approach to creating robust and adaptable projects.
We have developed ongoing relationships with many clients, with returning commissions allowing us to test the success and adaptability of previous proposals.
A celebration of the emotional potential of materials is key to the architecture that we produce. We enjoy collaborating with skilled craftspeople, exploring the visual and technical possibilities of natural and local materials to create low impact, durable and delightful projects.
We work at a wide range of scales, from furniture to masterplans, and everything inbetween, enjoying the richness which this variety brings.
The practice is actively involved in critical debate with staff teaching studio units and engaged on Design Review Panels. James has taught at a number of universities in the UK and Ireland and is currently a visiting critic at schools of architecture in London, the South West and Wales.
James Grayley established James Grayley Architects in 2012 after ten years as an Associate Director at Dow Jones Architects.Read more ↓Read less ↑
Tim joined James Grayley Architects in 2022 to lead on the practice’s mixed use, residential and cultural projects. He is a Certified Passivhaus Designer and promotes the practice’s sustainable approach to architecture in both retrofit and new build.Read more ↓Read less ↑
Isabella joined James Grayley Architects as an associate in 2017, focusing on leading a number of housing projects in London and community schemes in the west country.Read more ↓Read less ↑
South West Regional Awards - Shortlisted
RIBA Awards 2023
South West Small Project of The Year Award
RIBA Awards 2018
House of the Year - Runner Up
RIBA Awards 2018
Readers Choice Award
Architects’ Journal Small Project Awards 2014
RIBA Publishing, 2022
RIBA Journal, April 2022
Architecture Foundation, February 2021
Channel 4 Television, 14th November 2018
Architecture Today Magazine, August 2018
Elle Decoration Magazine, August 2018
Circus Journal, August 2018
RIBA Journal, June 2018
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