About us

Director Ivan Henshell worked with a number of award winning studios before founding The Architects. Since then, the practice has been involved in projects throughout the UK, with a focus on London and the South East. His expertise spans a wide range of building types, from conservation to contemporary approaches to design.

Ivan Henshell, director and lead architect

People & Places

Creating unique, meaningful and beautiful projects follows the connections made with people and places. As the practice has developed so has the experience in finding solutions tailored to individual situations, from the simple to the complex.

As the practice has grown so has the team. Alexander de Caires, first worked with The Architects in 2015. He has professional experience working at a number of award winning architecture practices as well as a specialism for designing and making timber structures; knowledge he shares with students as associate lecturer at Oxford Brookes University alongside work in practice.

Alexander de Caires, Architect

The professional team has a wide-ranging network that supports the many areas of expertise to bring a project to completion: from consultants to individual trades and craftspeople. When it comes to the smooth running of a project, this tried and trusted team are intrinsic to that success – whether measured surveyor, structural engineer, party wall surveyor and others.

Our Approach

We focus on making the design and construction process as smooth and effective as possible, without losing anything in the final product. While building projects can be challenging, we believe in communication and efficiency as vital in ensuring, clients are happy with a project as a whole.

We work closely with clients and design teams to achieve practical, cost-effective solutions with novel ideas and outcomes that suit each project: people and places are more important to us than applying a brand or style. This is perhaps why residential and commercial developers have continued to work with us years after completed work.


“I would whole-heartedly recommend them – we would definitely use them again, as the finished units look fantastic, they’re really great to work with.”

— Five Corners Ltd, multi-unit residential development

“We were extremely pleased with both the renovation and extension. Luca’s bedroom had been transformed from a small box room into a double height light and airy space with clever storage solutions and the extension to the kitchen has made it the hub of the home benefitting from natural light provided by the artfully positioned roof lights.”

Tola, residential extension

“We have recently commissioned Ivan again to work with us on a new bakery shop at our site; this is currently in progress, so far we have again been very impressed by Ivan’s attention to detail, wide-ranging knowledge and brilliant ideas.”

Geraldine, listed building alterations

“Ivan fully understood the brief from both the school and the local authority, working hard to use his clear communication and design expertise to encapsulate our ideas and deliver them with design flair and sympathy to both the school users and planning needs.”

Sharon, education project manager