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James Armitage Architects are an RIBA Chartered Practice based in the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath. Established in 2007, we have been involved with over a hundred projects, ranging in size from town-wide regeneration to small-scale domestic work.  We have a growing reputation for delivering traditional masterplans that focus on placemaking. Coupled with this, our expertise lies in designing traditional buildings which draw on either vernacular or classical precedents. In both areas, sustainability is a priority.  The firm is an Urban Design Group Registered Practice.

We work with a range of consultants to deliver the right team for your project from inception to completion. As a Chartered Architects Practice, the firm carries appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance, ensures adequate competence and resources for each project, and adopts RIBA quality control procedures.  We have a written environmental policy covering both our workplace and our design work.

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The Principal

Dr James Armitage has thrity years' experience within the field of architecture. As a qualified Architect, he is registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He is an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, is closely associated with The King's Foundation, is a Create Streets Fellow, a member of the Traditional Architecture Group (an RIBA linked society) and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).

James has been involved in architectural and urban design work within his own practice for seventeen years.  Prior to this, he worked in two highly acclaimed firms in London.

As Associate at an internationally renowned firm of classical architects, Porphyrios Associates, he was involved in overseeing the design of numerous high profile buildings and masterplans:

  • Urban design: masterplan for Trowbridge, new village at Alys Beach in Florida

  • Education: Whitman College at Princeton University, new school buildings at Old Palace School in Croydon

  • Housing: the award winning Highbury Gardens affordable housing in Islington, an apartment building in Upton, a 300 unit development at Val D'Europe near Paris

  • Hotel & leisure: Golf hotel near Paris

  • Offices: Poundbury in Dorset

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​He has also worked at one of the leading community planning architects in the country, John Thompson & Partners.  Here he has acted as consultation facilitator on a number of major planning events and was involved in town-wide regeneration proposals.

Following extensive research into contemporary traditional urbanism and its relationship to community, James Armitage was awarded a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE Cities) in 2007.  Prior to this, he studied architecture as an undergraduate and graduate at Cardiff University, graduating with distinction in 1995.


He has been a visiting architectural critic at the University of Yale and the University of Notre Dame (Rome School), and has lectured at the Universities of London, Cardiff and Bath. He was the Course Director for the 2023 Create Streets Urban Design Summer School.

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Hinton St George village houses, Somerset

Village housing, Hinton St George, Somerset

Conservation & conversion of the listed Tail Mill, Merriott, Somerset

Conversion of Tail Mill, Merriott, Somerset

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