James Armitage Architects are based in the centre of the World Heritage City of Bath. Established in 2007, we have been involved with over seventy projects, ranging in size from mixed-use masterplans of up to 17 hectares to small scale domestic projects. 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.
Our clients include developers, institutions or private householders. We engage fully with them and are responsive to their needs, delivering high quality projects to a given timeframe and budget. We are experienced in liaising with local Planning Authorities, undertaking community consultation, and leading consultancy teams. We have maintained an exceptional track record of achieving planning permission, listed building consent and building regulations approval. Budgeting and cost efficiency are always important to us and the practice is therefore prepared to work closely with clients and other consultants in the process of maximising value for money.
As a Chartered Architects Practice, the firm carries Professional Indemnity Insurance and adopts RIBA quality control procedures.
In embracing traditional and classical architecture, we aim to produce a built environment that is physically and culturally durable. This involves drawing on time-honoured solutions in order to meet modern-day challenges. In using and modifying forms that have proven their physical and cultural durability, the practice offers genuinely sustainable solutions for the built environment.
Our urban design work is based on forming streets and squares to create a durable and vibrant public realm in which communities can flourish. Similarly, our architectural designs employ a recognisable language that is sensitive to its context. Within this framework, we take sustainability issues very seriously and are keen to ensure that the projects we undertake do not have a detrimental impact on the environment. By designing buildings and spaces to endure, our goal is to considerably reduce the energy involved in construction over the long term.
Dr James Armitage has twenty-four 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 a Professional Member of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, a member of the Traditional Architecture Group (an RIBA linked society), and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU).
Prior to establishing the practice, James Armitage worked within two highly acclaimed firms in London. The projects he was involved with ranged in size from small-scale refurbishments to large building contracts of over £80M and masterplans of up to 60 acres. They have included buildings for residential, commercial, collegiate, and leisure uses.
For a number of years he was Associate at an internationally renowned firm of classical architects. Here he was involved in overseeing the design of Whitman College at Princeton University, a masterplan for Trowbridge, a new village at Alys Beach in Florida, a 300 unit housing development at Val D'Europe in Paris, a golf hotel near Paris, offices at Poundbury in Dorset, new school buildings at Old Palace School in Croydon, an apartment building at Upton, and the award winning Highbury Gardens affordable housing in Islington. He has also worked at one of the leading community planning architects in the country, where he has acted as consultation facilitator on a number of major planning events.
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) 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.