burgess architects is an award-winning, London-based practice that creates thoughtfully designed spaces in sensitive historic settings. We combine the innovation and energy of a young practice with the broad expertise of principal Ed Burgess and the assurance of a RIBA chartered practice.
We pride ourselves above all else as being exceptional communicators. We listen. We pay attention to detail. We communicate enthusiastically and tirelessly with everyone involved in the project, and the client is at the centre of every decision we make.
Whether its a new office, a private extension and renovation or a public realm intervention, we develop an integrated design based on buildability and budget with a keen eye for delight.
We make good buildings.
After over 20 years working with leading practices such as Panter Hudspith Architects, Richard Rogers Partnership (now RSHP), Richard Murphy and John Pawson, Ed Burgess has used his wide experience and hands-on knowledge to create burgess architects - a small, focused practice based on the principles of exceptional communication and client-centred architecture - returning to his roots to work on high quality residential projects.
With a reputation as a creative, clear-headed problem solver, he has led projects as diverse as a new footbridge in the heart of historic Lincoln, a pivotal scheme in the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle, and one of the UK’s first Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 houses at the BRE Innovation Park. In the 90’s Ed was involved as part of the teams at John Pawson and Richard Murphy Architects, working on projects which set a new standard for residential refurbishments in the UK. At Richard Rogers Partnership, alongside his work as a project architect, Ed handled the refurbishment of The River Cafe and was entrusted with all ongoing work at Richard Rogers’ own iconic home in Chelsea.
A selection of projects which Ed worked on at previous practices is included in the Project Archive.
Ed is deputy leader of a charity group for children with profound disabilities, founding chair of the Small Practice London Architecture Talks, and works as a mentor to children and students interested in architecture and the built environment.
Follow Ed on Twitter: @3dburgess
BArch, MArch, ARB
Martha joined the practice at the end of 2020 an architect and recently qualified Passivhaus designer. She brings enthusiasm and excitement to projects, always aiming to make designs more efficient, sustainable, and beautiful.
She has experience working with listed buildings in Sheffield and Norwich, and loves the challenge of designing within the constraints and opportunities of existing fabric, making it fit for future generations and changing climates. Martha was part of the team that published the LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide and continues to be involved in the LETI retrofit work stream, promoting best practice for sustainable retrofit.
Tim brings to Burgess Architects a natural design ability and the innate spacial awareness critical to good design and robust co-ordination. His refined drawing and presentation skills are witnessed by his becoming a Bronze Medal Finalist and winning the RTPI National Prize for attainment in his Part I degree.
Tim and Ed met working together when Tim was a new Part 2 architect. Since then he has passed his Part III professional practice exam (with distinction) and seen a substantial mixed use housing project move from concept design to completion on site. Through this he has developed his understanding of construction detailing and also become expert in delivery through BIM.
Tim joined the practice in March 2019. He likes to keep active and is a member of the London Rowing Club.
Having been involved with the practice on a freelance basis for several years, Peter finally made the jump to joining Burgess Architects full time in September 2020. He is a passionate proponent of sustainable, low impact architecture and is qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Designer.
With first hand experience on site as the build coordinator for an innovative CNC fabricated timber house, Peter also brings an enthusiasm for the construction process and a commitment to delivering quality design. After recently passing his final Part III examinations, Peter is set to register as an Architect in Autumn 2020.
BSc, MArch, ARB
Joseph joined Burgess Architects at the beginning of 2020 shortly after qualifying as an architect and working for practices in Bristol, Sheffield, and New York. He brings a clear head for compliance and design concerns as well as a wealth of energy to his projects here.
Joseph’s work at Sheffield Hallam University was award winning for its attributes in passive sustainable design and shortlisted for two RIBA medals. At the University of Sheffield and former practice Purcell, Joseph developed an enthusiasm for conservation - since qualifying as an architect in 2019, he seeks to bring these strands of practice together and design contemporary, sustainable buildings responsive to their context.
RIBA, ARB, MArch (RCA), BA(Hons) PGDip
Tom is a proficient, inventive and pragmatic Chartered Architect with a specialism in digital fabrication techniques. He has exceptional skills in concept design and has developed, with Ed, the office's integrated 3d modelling and graphic output systems.
Outside of burgess architects he spends his spare time tinkering with his home made CNC machine and building inventive timber structures. Tom teaches part time on the MA Architecture course at University for the Creative Arts.
B-S-SC (Arch), DipArch, MArch, PGDip, ARB
Alice is a senior architect with particular experience in listed building refurbishment projects and residential projects, from design conception to completion.
Alice studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and gained her diploma in professional practice at the University of Westminster. She practiced at JM Architects in Glasgow and Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh, as well as Long & Kentish Architects in London, where she worked on the Royal Academy Keeper’s House and the Durlston Castle World Heritage Gateway in Dorset. She then went on to practice at Panter Hudspith Architects in London where she worked on both residential and commercial projects. Alice works in collaboration with other practices alongside her core work at Burgess Architects, maintaining a wide experience and broad network in the industry.
Keranie joined Burgess Architects as a designer in 2018 after graduating from the Royal College of Art and working in several practices in the United States. Her interest in film and graphic design led her to pursue opportunities in digital media.
Keranie has moved to be Digital Media Coordinator with Burgess Architects after completing a role at the Van Gogh House London developing their visual identity and branding. She is an energetic communicator and brings a good eye for detail to her work.