Since its inception in 1996, Jamie Fobert Architects has had a reputation for innovative and inspiring architectural design in the residential, arts and retail sectors. The practice has demonstrated a consistent approach to resolving client ambitions and site complexities into a tactile architecture of volume, material and light.
Jamie Fobert Architects has garnered several awards, including the Manser Medal, the RIBA and English Heritage ‘Award for a building in an historic context’ and the BD Individual House Architect of the Year Award. The practice has won three major public commissions for cultural organisations: Kettle’s Yard Gallery; the Charleston Trust; and Tate St Ives, all of which are currently on-site.
Four times shortlised for the RIBA House of the Year Award (formerly the Manser Medal), the practice has consistently demonstrated a sensitivity to context partnered with contemporary design concern. Ranging from an inner-block site in central London to a farmhouse in rural Ireland and a coastal residence in the South of France, JFA's completed houses have all required unique solutions to resolve difficult site constraints. The practice is currently working on houses in Dublin and Trinidad.
Some of the practice's very first projects included domestic spaces for artists and exhibition design for major galleries, including ‘The Upright Figure’ in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. The practice went on to design galleries themselves, including the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London, and the first home of The Garage Museum of Contemporary Culture in Moscow. The practice has three major arts projects due for completion in the next year - a major extension to Tate St Ives in Cornwall, a new gallery building for Charleston House in Sussex and an extension and reconfiguration of Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery in Cambridge.
JFA’s earliest retail projects included an award-winning cafe and design concept for AVEDA and the ‘Urban Retreat’ spa and retail area in Harrods. In 2009, we completed a flagship boutique in Paris and international design concept for Givenchy. To date the practice has redesigned a total of 7,000 m sq of Selfridges, completing their Shoe Galleries in 2010 and their Designer Womenswear Galleries in 2012. Together with Donatella Versace, JFA has created a new architectural design concept for Versace, first introduced in Paris before being rolled out worldwide. Most recently, the practice designed the interiors and bespoke furnishings for a wonderful new department store inside the historic Fondaco dei Tedeschi, by the Rialto Bridge in Venice.