What we do

Good building design is at the very core of what we do. Experience tells us that good architecture results in a more successful economic outcome for our clients and with this in mind, we combine our ingenuity, sensitivity and architectural expertise to determine the unique architectural solution for each site and project budget.

How we do it

We are specialists in designing buildings, not limited by project size or type. With each new brief, we draw on our considerable experience to create elegant buildings that sit perfectly in their wider context. Our goal is always the same – ingenious architecture that gently pushes the boundaries of the brief to quietly surpass client expectations.

Studio

Founded in 2005 by Chris Mackenzie, formally of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and joined by Spencer Back in 2010 from London based Foggo Associates and Bristol’s Angus Meek Architects, Designscape’s principal architects demonstrate a breadth of experience across commercial and residential projects across London and the UK.

Closely supported by a dedicated team of project architects, each with their own considerable portfolio and areas of interest and expertise, Designscape is a close-knit practice with a collaborative, open culture that allows creativity to flow and projects to run smoothly.

Our balanced skill set across the whole practice is supported by a shared ethos and ambition to design elegant architecture with sustainability and longevity in mind.

Studio

Founded in 2005 by Chris Mackenzie, formally of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and joined by Spencer Back in 2010 from London based Foggo Associates and Bristol’s Angus Meek Architects, Designscape’s principal architects boast a breadth of experience across commercial and residential projects across London and the UK.

Closely supported by a dedicated team of project architects, each with their own considerable portfolio and areas of interest and expertise, Designscape is a close-knit practice with a collaborative, open culture that allows creativity to flow and projects to run smoothly.

Our balanced skill set across the whole practice is supported by a shared ethos and ambition to design elegant architecture with sustainability and longevity in mind.

People

Chris Mackenzie

Founder, Director

Spencer Back

Director

Livia Klimaj

Architect

Hilary Beck

Office Manager

James Palmer

Architect

Max Stembridge

Architectural Assistant

Thomas Harvey

Architectural Assistant

Katie Kamara

Architectural Assistant

Chris Mackenzie

Founder, Director

Livia Klimaj

Architect

James Palmer

Architect

Thomas Harvey

Architectural Assistant

Spencer Back

Director

Hilary Bassett

Office Manager

Max Stembridge

Architectural Assistant

Katie Kamara

Architectural Assistant

Awards

2023
2023 RIBA Awards – Shortlisted. (Park House)

2023 Conservation and Environment awards, Chippenham Civic Society (Avonbridge House)

2019
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (The Schoolhouse)

West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Greenways)

2018
RICS Award, West Midlands – Shortlisted (Exactaform)

2017
RICS Award, South West – Shortlisted (Cornbury Mill)
GAGA Construction Awards – Shortlisted (Hardy House)

2016
RICS Awards, South West – Winner (Springfield Farm)
RICS Awards, National – Shortlisted (Springfield Farm)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Cornbury Mill)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Monkton Farleigh)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Chilliswood)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Monkton Farleigh)

2015
Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Springfield Farm)
Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Court Farm Barn)
Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Bloomfield Avenue)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Court Farm Barn)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Bloomfield Avenue)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Shortlisted (Court Farm Barn)

2014

AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Hardy House)
B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality, Listed Building Architecture) – Winner (Court Farm Barn)
B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality, Domestic Architecture) – Winner (Bloomfield Avenue)

2013
B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality) – Winner (51 Sydney Buildings)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Innox Lodge)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Calderwood)

2012
Brick Awards (Commercial Building) – Winner (Science Formaldehyde Studio)
Daily Telegraphy Homebuilding & Renovating Awards – Shortlisted (Cedar House)
Mendip Building Excellence Awards – Best Individual Dwelling (Peart House)

2011
RIBA Town & Country Awards (Small Projects Category) – Runner Up (The Fosse)
Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards – Shortlisted (The Fosse)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Hill Farm Dairy)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Twinneys)
B&NES Design Quality Awards – Highly Commended (Twinneys)

2010
RIBA Town & Country Awards (Residential Cateogory) – Winner (Twinneys)
RIBA Town & Country Awards (Commercial Category) – Runner Up (Hill Farm Dairy)

RICS Award, West Midlands – Shortlisted (Exactaform)

RICS Award, South West – Shortlisted (Cornbury Mill)
GAGA Construction Awards – Shortlisted (Hardy House)

RICS Awards, South West – Winner (Springfield Farm)
RICS Awards, National – Shortlisted (Springfield Farm)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Cornbury Mill)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Monkton Farleigh)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Chilliswood)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Monkton Farleigh)

Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Springfield Farm)
Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Court Farm Barn)
Homebuilding and Renovating Awards – Highly Commended (Bloomfield Avenue)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Court Farm Barn)
West of England LABC Awards – Shortlisted (Bloomfield Avenue)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Shortlisted (Court Farm Barn)

AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Hardy House)
B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality, Listed Building Architecture) – Winner (Court Farm Barn)
B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality, Domestic Architecture) – Winner (Bloomfield Avenue)

B&NES LABC Awards (Design Quality) – Winner (51 Sydney Buildings)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Innox Lodge)
AJ Retrofit Awards – Finalist (Calderwood)

Brick Awards (Commercial Building) – Winner (Science Formaldehyde Studio)
Daily Telegraphy Homebuilding & Renovating Awards – Shortlisted (Cedar House)
Mendip Building Excellence Awards – Best Individual Dwelling (Peart House)

RIBA Town & Country Awards (Small Projects Category) – Runner Up (The Fosse)
Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards – Shortlisted (The Fosse)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Hill Farm Dairy)
RIBA Awards – Shortlisted (Twinneys)
B&NES Design Quality Awards – Highly Commended (Twinneys)

RIBA Town & Country Awards (Residential Cateogory) – Winner (Twinneys)
RIBA Town & Country Awards (Commercial Category) – Runner Up (Hill Farm Dairy)

Press

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Thank you for welcoming me and for making me feel like part of the team from Day 1.  
Thank you for creating an environment that made me look forward to going to work each day.
Thank you for never making me feel like I couldn’t do or understand something just because I am a “Part 1”
Thank you for all the laughs, anecdotes, good food and thought provoking conversation ( I still don’t understand why things taste sweeter when they are warmer?!)
Thank you for answering all of my many, many, many questions and for encouraging me to ask more.

Thank you for giving me the best Part 1 experience I could have asked for. I will truly miss working with you all!
I hope our paths cross again.


Aisha; RIBA Part 1 graduate 2021-2

Careers

Vacancy for a Project Architect

We are a design led, collaborative and open practice, and we enjoy designing beautiful, bespoke, ingenious architecture, finding a unique and sustainable architectural solution for each client. We are currently working on a wide variety of exciting, high quality projects in the residential, cultural and commercial sectors, including new build and working with listed buildings.

We are currently seeking an ambitious and talented Recently Qualified Architect or Part III student to join our busy, friendly studio.

The role will involve working directly for one of the two Directors, and taking responsibility for the day to day delivery of our service on one or more projects. Once you show the necessary capability and competence you will have the opportunity to take on as much responsibility in design and job running as you can manage.

If you would like to join our friendly, talented team you should demonstrate:

·         Strong design skills

·         Good level of technical construction knowledge. An expertise/interest in sustainable construction and energy efficient design would be an advantage

·         Experience of running projects in the UK, with contract administration an advantage

·         Be capable of managing junior staff, demonstrating excellent communication and organisational skills

·         Commitment to our team and an interest in contributing to Practice activities

·         The ability to build strong relationships with clients and consultants

·         Excellent CAD and hand drawing skills (experience of ArchiCAD an advantage)

·         Rhino / Grasshopper experience is an advantage

What we offer:

Competitive salary, according to experience, and benefits including:

·         Structured career progression and prospects to a senior role and ownership

·         An open management style that keeps all staff involved in the projects and the business

·         Paid professional membership fees

·         Profit share and performance based rewards

·         Company pension – employer contribution

·         Income protection scheme and access to employee assistance programme

·         Open plan studio in beautiful surroundings, with a friendly and inclusive environment

·         CPD programme

·         Annual study trip to a city of architectural interest

 

If you would like to join our friendly, talented team please email your CV, sample portfolio and covering letter with notice period to: jobs@dscape.co.uk


Designscape Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Unfortunately we are not always able to respond to every CV we receive.

No agencies please.