Feilden+Mawson was founded in 1956 and our offices in London, Cambridge, Norwich and Prague have established reputations for delivering buildings designed with skill and appropriate innovation. Our schemes arise from close client collaboration and sophisticated responses to contexts and functions.
The practice is an acknowledged leader in solving complex problems for notable clients in relation to the adaptation or restoration of historic buildings. Founding partner, Sir Bernard Feilden's Conservation of Historic Buildings, is a defining text on the subject.
However, our skills are equally focused on design-led new build projects. Our designs do not simply copy what exists; they add to contexts intelligently. New buildings must reflect the process of history, but also be of their time, re-energising contexts by creating a fresh sense of engagement. Our designs convey a distinct and meaningful sense of architectural continuity; a presence that draws on both historic precedent and change.
We build long-lasting relationships with our clients who appreciate the fact that Feilden+Mawson is a stable and well-resourced business. This approach has attracted long-standing clients including Central Government bodies, Executive Agencies, Institutions, Developers, Estate Trustees, and Local Authorities. We work with clients who value thoughtful design and our relationships with them have been central to the success of our practice.
Most importantly, we seek to make buildings that that will add meaning to our changing lives and place the experience of individuals; as occupants, visitors or just passers-by, at the heart of our architectural compositions.
We design architecture that is founded on strong ideas. Our designs are propelled by ideas that will produce buildings of outstanding architectural clarity, character and usefulness. We produce architecture whose forms and fine details articulate the fundamental design idea to add something distinctive and delightful to the quality of places and lives.
Our search for creative and effective design ideas begins with a rigorous study of the client's brief, the constraints and opportunities of the site and its history. This is the bedrock. The core design idea arises from a detailed understanding of the key issues. This leads to innovation, functional clarity and coherent responses to important contextual or heritage factors. Our design ideas are also rooted in both general environmental considerations, and more specific and sophisticated reductions of energy use.
We often use encompassing ideas to link groups of spaces, which makes them easy to understand and navigate. An encompassing idea or narrative may also have a poetic or archetypal meaning which makes the design, or building form, understandable in a way that strongly engages the imagination – not just of architects or clients, but those who will use the building.
Sometimes the ideas are simple: a design might be based on a planning type, for example, or an observation about the history or topography of a place. We develop these ideas using our most important early-stage design tool – drawings, done by hand.
These initial drawings communicate the essential design ideas and architectural qualities and they begin to reveal the architectural challenges and opportunities of a proposal.
Our design process is imaginative, characterful and highly communicative and we strive to create memorable architecture that expresses the key qualities of depth, excellence and inspiration.
We share the widespread concern about the effects on the global environment of ill-considered construction. As designers, we believe it is vital that we take the initiative to establish solutions that will ensure a sustainable future for the built environment and so are committed to the design of buildings which minimise environmental impact and optimise energy efficiency, in both initial construction and lifetime cost.
We involve our clients fully in all environmental matters aiming to agree and establish clear objectives early in the briefing process. Our design teams have the necessary experience to then act on these objectives and integrate sustainable technologies into our design proposals. We are ISO 14001:2004 certified, an international standard on sustainability and are members of the Green Register and the Association for Environment Conscious Building.
2015 - BREEAM Accredited Professional (AP)
2013 - NAA Craftsmanship Award, Class B Non-Residential
2012 - Local Authority Building Control Awards, Best Commercial Project
Red Lion Quarter
2012 - Rail Station of the year - First prize from London Transport Awards
Excellence in Walking & Public Realm Award - Redesign of Exhibition Road, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
2011 - First prize for the Czech Grand Prix Award in the Home Category
2009 - Salisbury Civic Society New Buildings Awards Scheme - Outstanding New Building
2010 - CPNI Award - Security in the Public Realm
2009 - Wienberger Competition, Best Realised Building in the Czech Republic - First Prize
Villa in Ostrava
2009 - RIBA East, Spirit of Ingenuity Awards, Workspace Award - Works pace Award
Feilden+Mawson LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC300486 and VAT registration number 105 117 421.
A list of members is open to inspection at the registered office: 1 Ferry Road, Norwich NR1 1SU
Feilden+Mawson is an equal opportunities employer and have signed up to the BD 50/50 campaign for more women in architecture.
Feilden+Mawson has an Anti Bribery Policy (in compliance with the Bribery Act 2011).
Our quality management system is accredited by S G S United Kingdom Ltd. to ISO 9001:2008, certificate GB94/3186