ABOUT US


Established in 1997, JDW Architects has grown organically since its inception to its current size of 9 staff. The Practice has a balance of youth and experience, and has successfully undertaken over a thousand projects over the last twenty one years. As a team we work with enthusiasm and determination to find the right solutions.

The commissions we undertake encompass both new build and refurbishment within the residential industrial, commercial and leisure sectors.

The practices long term aim is to provide a high quality service in a refreshing, rigorous,  and commercial way using both traditional skills and innovative design. The starting point for every project is always to allow the brief, the sites historical context and location to inform the approach along side considerations of sustainability, cost and buildability. This ensures that the solution is intelligent responsive and meets the aspirations of each client.

We work with developers, individual clients, corporate businesses and contractors in a collaborative and transparent way to ensure they are part of the process, and always seek to build long term relationships and other professional team members who share our ethos and high standards.

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OUR FOUNDER


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The practice was set up in 1997 following a short time in large practices in the North West of England. I came to realise quite quickly that I was a very small cog in a very big wheel and felt I had more to offer. As well, I was young and hungry for success and had a driving ambition to have my own practice.

In the first few years, I relied in part on contracting to small practices such as IPS architects in Cumbria. We still provide a service some 21 years later and small domestic commissions. At the time, the Economy was still recovering but the work was steady and as each year passed the projects became larger and more interesting.

The big change came in 2000 when I was able to secure a place in a consortium with a term contract with the MOD which lasted over 5 years. From this, the practice took a significant leap forward and in 2003 I purchased offices in the Town of Abergavenny which gave the practice more momentum. This coincided with a number of small fit out commissions in West London for a dental group, which opened the door into the London Market and has allowed the practice to flourish. The dream was never to change the World of Architecture or build a conglomerate but rather provide quality, individual design to be proud of within a small practice environment with an aspiration to undertake a wide range of commissions at a national level for private individuals up to corporate entities. 20 or so years later I would like to think we have achieved this. In terms of the future, I would like to think we can continue to build on our successes particularly in South East Wales which is starting to prosper.

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