John Pardey established his practice in 1988 as a sole trader whilst teaching at several schools of architecture. The practice re-launched in 2000 as John Pardey Architects and now employs fourteen staff. 

Commissions have grown over the years and perhaps most recognised is our architecture in the residential and educational sectors. We have undertaken numerous private house commissions and large-scale residential developments and become nationally recognised gaining 43 awards, including RIBA Regional Awards in both 2001, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2016, along with the Gold Medal for Architecture in Wales in 2013.

jpa was cited as one of Britain’s top six residential design practices in the Sunday Times in April 2014.

Our approach

Our approach to all projects - regardless of scale or budget - is to firstly understand the vision and objectives of the client and then work very hard to explore options to find a solution that exceeds expectations yet remains practical, achievable and lasting.  We always endeavour to use natural materials to make buildings that work and wear well, to provide a richness and resonance that endures.

We see our work as humanistic – modern, but tempered by a love of place, traditions and materials – we aim for timelessness in our buildings.  We try hard to attain simplicity yet richness, clarity yet depth, elegance yet robustness. 

Our work fuses many influences, from English Arts & Crafts, Scandinavian Modernism and the Californian Case Study House programme of the 1950s – but ultimately, we like to think our work has a unique imprint that is entirely our own. We do not labour over theory for its own sake, but always underpin our work with a clear diagram and concept, that distils the programme and guides design development so that the detail becomes just as important as the whole. 


jpa believes in making great contemporary buildings that exceed expectations without exceeding budgets. We have a passion for design that makes the maximum use of what is already there – the site, the climate, the views, the path of the sun – and combine this with the use of natural materials used in a contemporary way that weather naturally to achieve a timeless quality.

We understand the complexities of the planning system and have an enviable record of achieving difficult consents, ranging from contemporary one-off houses in sensitive locations, to large residential schemes, to a new John Lewis department store opposite Christopher Wren’s Emmanuel college in the historic centre of Cambridge.

We embody sustainability in our work without it being an add-on, avoiding unnecessary waste to achieve an efficient use of energy and resources, but rather than base our designs on such issues, we simply engender these as common sense.

The practice prides itself on being able to not just design, but to have a firm grounding in construction and detailing that makes for a complete service, which we deliver with professionalism.


John Pardey

John Pardey (Director RIBA)

John studied architecture at the South Bank Polytechnic where he gained a degree in 1981 and subsequently a Diploma at the Polytechnic of Central London, graduating with Distinction as well as gaining the Bannister Fletcher Dissertation Prize in 1983.  In 2000 he established John Pardey Architects (jpa) and the practice has gone on to gain thirty-nine national and international awards.

His work has been published and exhibited widely and has been featured on national television. He has lectured on his work at many schools of architecture both here and abroad as well as represented young British architects at the 1990 international Forum of Young Architects’ Congress at the University Laval in Quebec. He has taught at the South Bank, PCL, Canterbury and Portsmouth Schools of Architecture, been a visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton and post-graduate external examiner at Cardiff and Oxford Brookes Universities. 

John was appointed as a member of CABE’s National Design Review Panel in 2009, and as Chair of the Regional RIBA Awards in 2010 and 2014. He is a member of the National Jury for the RIBA Awards in 2015.

John is the author of three books: ‘Utzon: Two houses on Majorca’, published by in 2005; ‘Louisiana and Beyond – The work of Vilhelm Wohlert’, also by Edition Bløndal in 2007; and ‘Peter Aldington: Houses’ due to be published in 2015.
 He contributed to a monograph on the work of Jørn Utzon published in 2002 on the Tietgen Dormitory in Copenhagen, published in 2012 (Edition Bløndal).

Carl Gulland

Carl Gulland (Director)

Carl studied architecture at University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1996.

Before joining jpa in 2007, Carl worked with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in Bath as a project architect on a number of award winning housing schemes including the 2008 RIBA Stirling Prize winning scheme, Accordia, and the first country house to re­ceive planning permission under PPS7 Planning Guidance for exceptional and innovative one off houses in rural locations, as well as a number of school and higher education projects. Carl was particularly involved in Feilden Clegg Bradley’s development of sustainable housing and is a qualified EcoHomes Assessor.

Carl became Associate Director of jpa in 2011 and leads a team working on larger residential schemes for clients such as HAB Housing, Fairview Homes, Bloor Homes and Ballymore. Key projects include the renovation and re-use of a Grade 2, 1936 Film Laboratory building in Denham by the Bauhaus archi­tect Walter Gropius, together with a further 175 new flats and houses on the former business site; the development of a new residential quarter in Colindale, north London, delivering over 2,000 new apartments on the sites of the former Victorian hospital and former National Newspaper Library;  the re-development of a former car park site in Hampstead providing 73 apartments; and 50 houses and apartments forming a new village edge to Kings Worthy, Hampshire.

In 2016, Carl became a Director of the practice.

Adam Jundi

Adam Jundi (Associate Director)

Adam received a first class undergraduate degree in architecture from Kingston University in 2001. He studied his masters in architecture (MArch) at the University of Bath graduating with a distinction in 2005.

Adam has worked on a variety of projects and typologies including social and speculative housing, visitor centres, mixed used community developments, and more recently private houses. He has worked at practices in London, Madrid and more recently, Beirut, before joining jpa in Spring 2010. He has taught architecture at University of Bath, has a keen interest in design and detailing.

Adam became an associate of the firm in Autumn 2012 and has recently overseen the completion of the Creek House and the Smith House and the detail design of Surrey Hills House.

In 2016, Adam became Associate Director at jpa.

Hugh Richardson.

Hugh Richardson (Technical Director)

Hugh Richardson graduated with a distinction in his Diploma of Architecture from Portsmouth University in 2000. 

He spent the following four years at the double Stirling Prize-winning office Wilkinson Eyre Architects, working on a variety of projects including the Museum of London and two schemes for City and Islington College. During this time Hugh gained his Part III and MA in professional practice.

Hugh joined jpa in 2004 to reinforce our team as project architect. In 2005 he became an Associate and works on a variety of projects ranging from private houses, to schools and health care schemes.

In 2009 Hugh joined Design Engine Architects in Winchester to work on the new Library and Teaching Building for Oxford Brookes University and as Project Architect for Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey.

In 2011 Hugh returned to jpa as associate with responsibility for building procurement and construction, working across all of the studio’s projects sharing his technical knowledge, administering contracts, developing office protocols and programming workflow.

Hugh became Technical Director of the practice in May 2017.

Gary Lawrence

Gary Lawrence (Associate)

Gary Lawrence studied architecture at the University of Plymouth, graduating with a Diploma in Architecture in 1999. He spent the next six years working with Malcolm Pawley Architects, undertaking a number of residential and mixed-use developments. Many of the pro­jects involved sensitive sites located over scheduled ancient monuments and important archeological deposits, in addition to urban infill sites requiring complex Party Wall negotiations. Gary was responsible for the practices early registration onto the Green Register.

Prior to joining jpa he worked for ECD Architects in London. Here he was project architect for the refurbish­ment of three local authority residential tower blocks, which were to include the extensive employment of renewable energy technologies including photovoltaic arrays and rooftop wind turbines. This required extensive public consultations, including presentations to residents and the local community.

At jpa Gary has been project architect for the redevelopment of Bentley Hampshire, the south coast’s sales and servicing centre for the Bentley and Aston Martin marques; the re-development of a former warehouse on the riverside in Littlehampton; and a rural housing scheme in South Oxfordshire; and a new ecology discovery centre for South Baddesley primary school in Hampshire.

Gary has a particular interest in low energy and sustainable building methods, being a member of the Association for Environmentally conscious Building (AECB), and having participated in an extended course in Earth Building at the Centre for Earthen Architecture at the University of Plymouth.

Tobi Weaver A

Tobi Weaver (Associate)

Tobi studied at the University of Bath, graduating in 2006. He gained professional experience at several London practices including Buschow Henley Architects, Panter Hudspith Architects and Stanton Williams working on a variety of projects across sectors including commercial projects and mixed-use schemes in historically sensitive locations.

He joined JPA in 2013 and was initially project architect responsible for the 34,500m2 Colindale Park residential scheme. As part of a larger residential quarter, located adjacent to Colindale Station, the masterplan contributes 388 new apartments along with commercial and community spaces.

Tobi is currently project architect leading the design and delivery of a housing development on Cumnor Hill, Oxford. Taking the project from conception through to completion the scheme comprises of a cluster of five large houses on a complex and constrained site, with completion due in 2017. Other projects for JPA include the redevelopment of a late 19th century villa block site on Lancaster Grove, London, providing a contemporary 15 unit residential block within the context of the Belsize Park conservation area, and the construction of a pair of large houses at Brudenell Avenue overlooking Poole Harbour.

In 2016 Tobi became an associate at JPA, and he coordinates the office’s continuing professional development (CPD) programme.



RIBA South East Award 2017:  The Traffic Lights, Withdean Road, Brighton


Shortlisted: national competition for a new house in Ide Hill, Kent


RIBA House of the Year Awards Shortlist (The Cheeran House & The Owers House)


RIBA South West Award 2016


RIBA South Award 2016


Cornish Building Award Commendation

2015 Commended: The British Homes Awards
2014 Winner: Residential development around a destination spa and golf course at at Nebrenice, Prague
2014 Runner-Up: International design competition for the replanning of the district centre of Skovlunde, Copenhagen
2013 Highly Commended: The Wood Awards – Private/ Best small project: The Trewarren House
2013 Gold Medal for Architecture in Wales
2013 RIBA Wales Region Award 2013
2011 Shortlisted: RIBA Manser Medal: The Watson House
2011 Shortlisted: The Downland Prize: The Pooley House
2011 Highly Commended: The Wood Awards – Private/ Best small project: The Watson House
2011 RIBA Southern Region Award
2009 Shortlisted: RIBA Stirling Prize Stephen Lawrence Award
2009 Shortlisted: RIBA / Rother District Council’s Seafront shelters + kiosk competition
2009 RIBA Southern Region Award
2009 Finalist: Grand Designs Magazine Awards for Best New House in Britain
2007 First Prize: Southwark Council/ international design competition for a new ‘School for the Future’
2006 Shortlisted: RIBA Bookshops 2005 International Book Award: for John Pardey’s book ‘Utzon: Two Houses on Majorca’
2006 Winner: Grand Designs Magazine award for Best Remodelled house in Britain
2006 Finalist: Grand Designs Magazine Awards for Best New House in Britain
2005 Second Prize: Christchurch Borough Council/ RIBA for a new cliff-top café
2005  Runner up: The Prime Minister’s Best Public Building Award
2004 Chilterns Design Award
2004 First Prize: Galvanisers Association award
2001 RIBA Southern Region award
2001 First Prize: RIBA sustainable school competition in Canterbury
1996 Runner up: Europan international housing competition at Priesthill, Glasgow
1995 Commended: RIBA national design competition for a new city centre bus station, Walsall, W. Midlands
1994 Honourable Mention: Europan international competition for medium density housing in the suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden
1993 First Prize: National competition for the design of a new Garden of Remembrance at Kensal Green cemetery, London
1992 Runner up: Kent County Council/RIBA national design competition for an infill site in Rochester town centre
1992 Second Prize: Blanc de Bierges Street furniture design competition
1992 Third Prize: RIAS/Scottish Sports Council hotel swimming pool competition
1990 Highly Commended: RIBA/Country Life national design competition for a new visitors centre at the Dulwich Picture Gallery
1990 Honourable Mention: International competition for the design of a Chamber Theatre and Arts Centre, Moscow
1990 Honourable Mention: Comune di Genova international competition to redesign the area of Piazza Dante, Genoa, Italy
1989 Second Prize: Chichester District Council/RIBA national design competition for a 900 space multi-storey car park within a conservation area
1989 Second Prize: EEC Energy Research Group 'Working in the City'. European architectural ideas competition for a design of a passive-energy urban office prototype in London
1989 First Prize: Birmingham City international design competition for the design of a 700 pupil inner-city junior school and community centre with ancillary housing
1988 First Prize: Building Centre Trust national 'Ideas for living, a housing demonstration project competition'
1988 Joint Premier Prize: Memorial Advisory Bureau national 'Phoenix Awards for the design of a cemetery for commemoration after cremation competition'
1987 Second Prize: Building Design / Barbour Microfiles national 'Le Corbusier centenary housing competition'