About Us / Our Unique Skills

Design of Distinction

Our architects combine beautiful spaces, materials and natural light to create inspirational properties tailored to your requirements. We aim to maximise the potential of your site with a creative approach to design, and we recognise the importance of fine detailing and craftsmanship in the creation of inspiring architecture.

Local knowledge

We are familiar with the complexities of London projects, including working with sensitive properties and sites with neighbours in close proximity. Our architects also understand the requirements of each local authority, and are experienced in negotiating with planning officers to achieve the best possible results for our clients.

Our local experience has also enabled us to develop a list of recommended consultants in London, from landscape designers to home automation specialists.

Management Expertise

We are an RIBA chartered architecture practice. We are experts in managing the complete design and build process, from dealing with issues arising from planning and listed buildings to instructing works on site. Our architects understand that quality, cost and time are the key components of any successful project, and careful management of these allows us to provide a smooth and reliable process from initial sketches to completion of the works.

Sustainability

Environmental impact is a key consideration in our work, and we specify sustainable features such as high performance insulation, materials with low embodied energy and efficient services. Sustainability is considered throughout the design process: our architects recognise the contribution of every element of the building, rather than relying on renewable technologies as an afterthought.

Our architects

  • Ben Ridley
    Director / Bsc (Hons) Dip Arch ARB RIBA

    Ben Ridley


    Ben gained his degree and masters in architecture at UCL in London. He has received a number of awards for his work, and recent projects have been featured in Dezeen and Grand Designs Magazine. Ben has previously worked at a range of prestigious firms, including Grimshaw Architects and Richard Rogers Partnership.

  • Tom Dawson
    Associate Director / MA (Cantab.) MA (RCA) ARB

    Tom Dawson


    Tom graduated from the Royal College of Art in London in 2003. Prior to joining AfL, Tom worked for several prestigious architects including Cullinan Studio and Branson Coates Architecture. A background in both making and designing informs his drive to achieve craftsmanship of the finest quality.

  • Amrit Marway
    Associate Director / AADipl ARB

    Amrit Marway


    Amrit graduated from the Architectural Association and has worked on a number of prestigious commissions, including the White Cube Gallery in Mayfair and a large hotel in Kensington. Prior to joining AFL she was project architect for a refurbishment of three Grade I listed, Regents Park townhouses for the Crown Estate.

  • Gerard Rainey
    Senior Architect / AdvDip DipArch Barch ARB

    Gerard Rainey


    Gerard has experience with a range of project sectors. After graduating from Edinburgh he designed a new build restaurant in Ireland, and was project architect for a £1.5m residential refurbishment in Mayfair. Gerard is currently leading the refurbishment and extension of a Grade 2 listed Georgian house in North London.

  • Jack Rosewall
    Architectural Assistant / BA (Hons) MArch

    Jack Rosewall


    Jack graduated from Kingston University, achieving a Masters in Architecture in 2015, and is now a Part 2 architectural assistant with experience in a variety of bespoke residential projects. Currently, he is working on the refurbishment and extension of a Grade 2 listed house in Islington and an early Victorian house in Lambeth.

  • Matt McKenna
    Architect / BArch (Hons) DipArch March ARB

    Matt McKenna


    Matt has led residential and education projects of varying scales, from one off dwellings to masterplanning and mixed use schemes. He is currently working on a renovation and extension of a Victorian house in East London. Matt has also previously taught as an associate lecturer and Year 2 studio unit leader at the Manchester School of Architecture.

  • Chris Chan
    Architectural Assistant / BA (Hons) Dip Arch

    Chris Chan


    Chris graduated from the University of Brighton and has since worked on a wide variety of projects, including a basement extension in Holland Park and a housing scheme in Mayfair. In 2010 he designed and hand-built a gallery refurbishment in South London. Chris is currently working on the refurbishment of a Victorian house in Maida Vale.

  • Caroline McIntosh
    Architectural Assistant / BSc MA

    Caroline McIntosh


    Caroline is a Part 2 architectural assistant with experience in bespoke private housing and large-scale residential projects. She achieved a Masters with distinction from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and was nominated for the 'Architecture and Design Scotland Student Award' for her final Masters project.

  • Matt McAleese
    Architectural Assistant / BSc (Hons) DipArch

    Matt McAleese


    Matt is a Part 2 architectural assistant with experience in larger, 80+ unit housing schemes. He also worked on the restoration of the Grade I listed German embassy in London, and has recently converted a number of basements for listed properties in Elm Park Gardens, Chelsea.

Recent Press

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  • 04/01/15
    04/01/15

    "In a listed property full of beautiful Georgian features it was important to carefully restore details such as the..."

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  • 23/06/14
    23/06/14

    "Reflective stainless steel surfaces and a polished concrete floor brighten the interior of this extension to a terraced..."

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  • 15/01/14
    15/01/14

    "There is always an element of risk in buying a property and most first-time buyers want, understandably, to..."

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  • 01/09/13
    01/09/13

    "Architecture for London extended into the side return of this Victorian house to create space for an island unit and..."

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  • 14/04/14
    14/04/14

    "Just because a home is from another era doesn’t mean it can’t be modern. This flat in London is located within a Georgian..."

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  • 25/06/14
    25/06/14

    "When it came to the daunting task of refurbishing a grade 2 listed Victorian townhouse flat in Islington, London..."

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  • 18/02/14
    18/02/14

    "This listed crescent, in Barnsbury, Islington was built in 1860, the small flat within this building was..."

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  • 20/06/14
    20/06/14

    "When this property from 1862 was auctioned, architect Ben Ridley saw his chance. After some tough..."

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  • 05/11/14
    05/11/14

    "A perforated brass-clad rooftop extension creates four new flats above an early 20th-century..."

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