The practice was founded by Mark Panter and Simon Hudspith in Southwark, London in 1987.

We are a team of architects, designers and organisers dedicated to creating the highest quality buildings for our clients.

Our buildings respond sensitively to their context but remain unquestionably of their time.
Our current projects range from individual houses and small city infill sites to £500m mixed-use masterplan schemes creating new urban quarters with homes, workspace, retail, community and cafe/bars.

We aim to confront design problems in innovative ways and promote extensive dialogue and careful interaction between clients, consultees, fellow consultants, and contractors. We actively include both local and national authorities in all stages of the design and construction process. This search for inclusion creates an architecture of tangible places of character.

Many of our projects have been realised in sensitive historic settings and this has engendered a way of thinking that is rooted in understanding context in its broadest sense – we use this as a starting point for the creative process for all our projects. It is through our understanding of context that we can ensure that the decisions that are made throughout each project remain relevant to the brief. For example, housing projects designed with the home as the primary focus; uncompromisingly functional retail schemes to ensure viablity over the long term; cultural buildings which illuminate their context; masterplans with an absolute sense of place from the outset.
Our buildings have a track record for excellence, driven by their essential qualities:
- they are deeply rooted in their place
- they are well built
- they are valued by the users and communities who inhabit them
- they are commercially successful for our clients

We design buildings of quality, resulting in numerous awards to date including
- RIBA Awards
- Architect of the Year Awards
- Civic Trust Awards & Commendations
- AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards
- MIPIM Awards
- Natural Stone Awards
- Housing Design Awards
- Brick Awards
- Concrete Society Awards
- amongst many others.

The practice has been widely published and has been featured in both national and international press, including CABE and English Heritage publications.