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.

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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.

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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.

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Claremont Road
South West Regional Awards - Shortlisted

RIBA Awards 2024

The Old Dairy
South West Regional Awards - Shortlisted

RIBA Awards 2023

The Old Dairy
Projects Under £500,000 - Shortlisted

Architect's Journal Awards 2023

Duncan Cottage
South West Small Project of The Year Award

RIBA Awards 2018

Duncan Cottage
House of the Year - Runner Up

RIBA Awards 2018

Aubrey Meads
Readers Choice Award

Architects’ Journal Small Project Awards 2014


21st Century Houses - Dominic Bradbury

RIBA Publishing, 2022

This is how to turn a chicken shed into a gallery

RIBA Journal, April 2022

New Architects 4

Architecture Foundation, February 2021

RIBA House of the Year

Channel 4 Television, 14th November 2018

Duncan Cottage

Architecture Today Magazine, August 2018

Duncan Cottage

Elle Decoration Magazine, August 2018

Duncan Cottage

Circus Journal, August 2018

Duncan Cottage

RIBA Journal, June 2018



Kemp House
152 City Road
London EC1V 2NX
T +44 (0)20 7060 3795


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The Old School House
Countess of Huntingdon
Chapel Vineyards
Bath BA1 5NA
T +44 (0)1225 573490


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Work With Us

We welcome working with talented people from a range of backgrounds and offers equal opportunities for all. If you are interested in joining the team at James Grayley Architects, please send us an email with your CV [less than 10MB].


Please note that we do not offer unpaid internship positions.