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.
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 studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and then worked with a number of practices including Quinlan Terry and Stanton Williams. James started his own practice - originally in central London - in 1995. His design signature is clear and direct form, quickly arrived at through fluid freehand sketches. Elegant proportions and considered use of natural light can be seen in all projects. James is pleased to have had several repeat commissions from prestigious commercial clients.
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 JWA, Natasha worked with HLM and ORMS designing for schools, offices and high-end residential refurbishments. With a keen interest in art, film and science Natasha enjoys the versatility of a career in architecture. She is inspired by Scandinavian architecture and reducing waste.
After studying at University of Central Lancashire Anna completed her Masters in Architecture at the University of Portsmouth. She previously worked for a practice specialising in Building Conservation where she gained a breadth of knowledge working with traditional materials, craftsmen and honed her passion for contemporary interventions to historic settings. Anna is on the RIBA Conservation Register and has been a guest critic at university reviews.
Alex studied at the Lincoln School of Architecture, followed by the Oxford School of Architecture. He has worked for several architectural practices including Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare Architects in Hampshire and Alex Oliver Associates in Wiltshire. Alex joined JWA from a practice in Surrey with a wide knowledge of traditional and modern architecture. Alex has a keen interest in working with existing buildings, spaces and places, off duty he is a keen cook, runner and horse rider.
Yoana completed her bachelors at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and then gained her Part I work experience at Wilkinson Eyre Architects London where she was involved in a variety of commercial and residential projects. After completing her Master of Architecture Degree at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands, she travelled through Southeast Asia. Yoana joined JWA in September 2017. She takes inspiration from low-tech building techniques and her travels.
Max studied at Plymouth University, followed by the Arts University Bournemouth where he gained his Master of Architecture Degree in 2018. Previously, Max worked at Trevor J Spurway Ltd in Taunton, Somerset on a number of residential schemes. Max has a keen interest in responding to context as well as experimenting with interplay of materials and light. Outside the office he is a keen tennis player and skier with an interest in art, travelling and movies.
In 1990, Jo established her own communications consultancy specialising in architecture, the arts, design and digital media. Jo has over 20 years experience promoting the visual arts and creative industries for clients such as: Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Welcome Trust, Thomas Heatherwick and Pentagram. At home working in an architectural practice, Jo brings an element of humour to the serious calm of the designers.
Laura joined JWA in late 2018 as our part time Office Manager. Previously she worked for eight years at The Forest Trust as a Project Manager after a ten-year stint at local publisher John Wiley & Sons. Laura has a great understanding of everything required for a smooth-running office and has moved into the architectural world with ease. A local girl, Laura enjoys spending time with her young family, walking, gardening and travelling.
JWA is a dedicated team of architects working with James Wells. Based in West Sussex we design for new build homes, extensions, barn conversions and orchestrate plans for historically important listed buildings to work in the 21st Century. Our sister practice James Wells Commercial handles design for commercial projects including hotels, bars, restaurants and offices.