About Us

OUR STORY

We are an award winning architectural practice based in West Sussex with a team of dedicated architects and a sister practice which handles commercial architectural design.

JWA was established by James Wells who has over 30 years’ experience working with private and developer clients from the initial design stage through to completion of the works on site.

Experienced in creating beautiful new homes, extending and remodelling existing properties and converting rural buildings for domestic use, we produce beautiful, award winning buildings at all levels of cost and for all types of location, whether it be in a town centre, Conservation Area or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The practice also has considerable experience in Town Planning, conservation of buildings and interior design.

Committed to considering the detailed requirements of all our clients, we seek to design buildings which complement and enhance their locations, paying particular attention to the immediate environment, landscape and history of the locality while carefully considering all opportunities of the site itself.

An integral part of this approach is our commitment to sustainability from design and detailing of the construction to the servicing of our buildings.

James has been living in Sussex for over 20 years and running an award winning independent practice since 1995. For the first 21 years he was based in London.

OUR TEAM

The team at James Wells Architects brings together many years of experience of design and construction for a large range of clients. Believing in the importance of architectural education, James is experienced in helping young architects train in practice and achieve their final qualification for RIBA Part 3. JWA helps the student architects at Portsmouth University where James regularly attends to review students’ work and share his experience of running a practice.

James Wells

James Wells

James studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and then over 15 years worked with Quinlan Terry, Green Lloyd Architects and Stanton Williams. James has been running his own practice in London since 1995. While James is adept at working in an eclectic range of idioms, his design signature is a clear and direct form, quickly arrived at through fluid freehand sketches. Elegant proportions and considered use of natural and artificial light come to the fore in all projects. James takes pride in the number of repeat commissions the practice has had from leading commercial clients, testament to the care and thoroughness the practice devotes to all work.

Natasha Butler

Natasha Butler

Natasha graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2011 winning the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize for Best Diploma Drawing Work and a nomination for the RIBA Silver Medal Award. Prior to joining JWA, Natasha worked with HLM Architects on two schools and with ORMS she worked on the refurbishment of a 1970s central London office block. In addition Natasha has designed a range of high-end residential refurbishments. As well as having a keen interest in art, film and science Natasha enjoys the versatility offered by a career in architecture. She is inspired by Scandinavian architecture and designing to reduce wastefulness.

Alex Bancroft

Alex Bancroft

Alex studied at the Lincoln School of Architecture, followed by the Oxford School of Architecture, from where he graduated in 2013. He has worked for several architectural practices including Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare Architects in Hampshire and Alex Oliver Associates in Wiltshire. Alex joined us from a practice in Surrey and has a wide knowledge of traditional and modern architecture, along with a portfolio including a range of residential and commercial building types. In the office, Alex has a keen interest in working with existing buildings, spaces and places, and outside of the office is a keen cook, runner and horse rider.

Jo Scott

Jo Scott

In 1990, Jo set up Joanna Scott PR a media relations consultancy specialising in supplying communications expertise for architecture, the arts, design and digital media. Jo has over twenty years experience of promoting the visual arts and creative industries. Clients during that time included: Crafts Council, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Welcome Trust, Thomas Heatherwick, Pentagram and J Walter Thompson. Jo’s first job was in Structural Engineering, she is at home working in an architectural practice, she likes to think she adds a certain element of humour and noise to the serious calm of the designers.