About

OUR STORY

JWA, founded by James Wells is a dedicated team of architects who relish the challenge of dealing with technically demanding schemes. The practice focuses on high quality architectural and interior design work.

At the core of the practice is a commitment to delivering the right solution for each brief. JWA prides itself on keeping minds and options open to a range of design influences and approaches. Not prescribing one design theme or ideology, the hallmark of a JWA project is how good the space feels. This approach results in a freshness and originality which makes the work stand out and at the same time the buildings possess a sense of grace and longevity.

A number of sectors are covered including private residential; bar and restaurant fit out; both commercial office and residential development.

Design services offered include: new build, conversion, extension, planning negotiation, listed building refurbishment, interior design and furniture design.
The projects selected here demonstrate the design skills applied to places in which to work, live, play and relax. Read what people say about the places JWA is proud to have created.

Our Team

The team at James Wells Commercial Architects brings together many years of experience of design and construction for a large range of clients.

James Wells

James Wells

James studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and then over 15 years worked with Quinlan Terry, Green Lloyd Architects and Stanton Williams. James has been running his own practice in London since 1995. While James is adept at working in an eclectic range of idioms, his design signature is a clear and direct form, quickly arrived at through fluid freehand sketches. Elegant proportions and considered use of natural and artificial light come to the fore in all projects. James takes pride in the number of repeat commissions the practice has had from leading commercial clients, testament to the care and thoroughness the practice devotes to all work.

Natasha Butler

Natasha Butler

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 joining the team, Natasha worked with HLM Architects on two schools and with ORMS she worked on the refurbishment of a 1970s central London office block. In addition Natasha has designed a range of high-end residential refurbishments. As well as having a keen interest in art, film and science Natasha enjoys the versatility offered by a career in architecture. She finds inspiration from Scandinavian architecture and designing in a way that reduces wastefulness.

Jo Scott

Jo Scott

In 1990, Jo set up Joanna Scott PR a media relations consultancy specialising in supplying communications expertise for architecture, the arts, design and digital media. Jo has over twenty years experience of promoting the visual arts and creative industries. Clients during that time included: Crafts Council, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Thomas Heatherwick, Pentagram and J Walter Thompson. With a family background in construction and her first job working in Structural Engineering, Jo is at home working in an architectural practice, she likes to think she adds a certain element of humour and noise to the serious calm of the designers.

Alex Bancroft

Alex Bancroft

Alex studied at the Lincoln School of Architecture, followed by the Oxford School of Architecture, from where he graduated in 2013. He has worked for several architectural practices including Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare Architects in Hampshire and Alex Oliver Associates in Wiltshire. Alex joined James Wells Architects from a practice in Surrey and has a wide knowledge of traditional and modern architecture, along with a portfolio including a range of residential and commercial building types. In the office, Alex has a keen interest in working with existing buildings, spaces and places, and outside of the office is a keen cook, runner and horse rider.