ADAM Architecture
Resident Organisation

ADAM Achitecture

ADAM Architecture is a leading UK practice specialising in classical and traditional architecture, and contextual urban design. The practice has offices in Winchester and London, and is run by four directors: Nigel Anderson, Hugh Petter, George Saumarez Smith and Robbie Kerr.

West Wing
Somerset House

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 projects, 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 Winchester and London. 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 research, 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.

In 2010 a sister branch to ADAM Architecture – ADAM Urbanism – was formed in recognition of the growing number of clients looking to the practice for masterplanning and urban design expertise. Our approach to urban design and commercial housing is to improve the public realm by creating beautiful, distinctive and enduring places, rooted to the established character of the surrounding region, where people want to live, work and visit. This approach also makes good financial sense for landowners and developers: research has shown that traditional housing that reflects local character can improve commercial values. ADAM Urbanism has led numerous pioneering large-scale developments including Nansledan, a new extension to Newquay for the Duchy of Cornwall, as well as major projects in Somerset, Norfolk, Berkshire, Hampshire, Kent, Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire and in Scotland.

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 Governments recent report Living with Beauty published by the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission cited Nansledan as being an exemplar. Beyond this the practice plays an important leadership role within the architecture and planning professions: the directors are active members and founders of many national and international urban design organisations including the Academy of Urbanism, Traditional Architecture Group, the Georgian Group, the Victorian Society, the Lutyens Trust, the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), the RIBA, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, the Chartered Institute of Building, and the British School at Rome. The directors also write regularly for professional magazines and journals, and lecture to many different interest groups and universities on a regular basis.

To support and enrich working lives at ADAM Architecture, there are a number of groups and initiatives. A group has been created for young emerging talent, the ADAM Future Group, which promote discussion and debate on a wide variety of topics and continues to look to new opportunities to promote the emerging talent in the business. ADAM Architecture has an active Women in Architecture group, who meet regularly to provide support and discuss a variety of relevant topics with colleagues, and a number of senior staff have signed up to be ADAM Gender Champions, to support female colleagues across the office. Support is available for all staff across the office with an extensive mentoring programme and a number of trained mental health first aiders provide additional support where required. The practice is keen to support the emerging generation of architects by offering work experience placements to school students and being part of mentoring programmes with local universities. A number of activities outside the normal day-to-day work are available to staff, including drawing classes, good practice seminars, project trips, and social events including monthly staff drinks, yoga and running groups.