Our Background

Graham Ford Architects was established in 2006 and is based in Hammersmith, London. The studio is five strong and is led by Graham Ford with one senior associate and three young and energetic graduates.

Our principle experience is in leisure and education facilities, housing and mixed use projects along with renovation and conservation of listed or older buildings. Projects of note include sports facilities at the London Olympics 2012, the Boat House Hyde Park, Heals headquarters redevelopment, The Roundhouse and Harris Academies in South London.

We believe that buildings, landscape and infrastructure together form an important cultural landscape that we need to learn how to read and interpret. This knowledge of ordinary landscapes fosters a deeper understanding of both past and present cultural life. Only through the understanding and reading of ordinary environments can we learn how to intervene appropriately with new ideas, spaces and buildings. We work hard to understand sites and unearth their identity and meaning.

Our designs make the most of the existing qualities of each site and our design supports our clients social, economic and cultural ambitions.

RIBA Chartered Practice

riba_smallGFA is a RIBA Chartered Practice. To become a Chartered Practice, architects need to comply with strict criteria in an accreditation scheme that gives you, the client, a mark of quality. By choosing a RIBA Chartered Practice you can expect a certain level of excellence in design and service. The scheme has been developed by the RIBA following client and government feedback. It ensures that all accredited members work to a set of standards (www.architecture.com) and have in place:

 

  • Appropriate professional indemnity insurance

  • Quality management systems

  • Health and safety policy

  • Employment policy

  • Continuing professional development for all staff

  • A written environmental management policy