We are known for our varied and exciting built work and thoughtful approach to problem-solving. We partner our clients and users in a journey of discovery to find the spatial and material expression of their ambitions, resulting in beautiful and intelligent sustainable design.

Underpinning our approach is a respect for what our clients and users are trying to achieve. Every project is unique and so each of our proposals is an original and creative response to a specific situation.

We are committed to superb design, excellent service and exploring sustainable futures.


We deliver architectural design and management services across all project stages – from concept design and planning, through detailed design and construction until completion and post-occupancy. We work in diverse sectors – from schools to housing and public realm; cultural spaces to offices, studios and private, one-off houses. We have a proven track record in negotiating sensitive sites. See our architectural projects here.

Sustainable design

We aim to make every project green. We advocate passive techniques and design for maximum social, economic and environmental value. Whether a sustainable new build or improvement of an existing building, we can devise simple, robust solutions that minimise energy use, impact and running costs in the whole life cycle of your project. Take a look at Stock Orchard StreetMellor Primary School and Sandal Magna Primary School as examples of our sustainable design.

Masterplanning and urban design

Our urban and regeneration strategies celebrate local heritage and identity, ecology and everyday life. We have close working relationships with leading consultants in landscaping, engineering, lighting and highways, with whom we have devised strategy documents and masterplans for key urban and rural sites. See Soar Island and Kingston Mini Holland, two of our neighbourhood design projects.

Co-design and engagement

We believe that process is as important as product and we develop much of our work in close dialogue with users, communities and stakeholders. We have extensive experience of hands-on and imaginative public engagement across all project stages – from consultations, briefing and design workshops to community build events. Take a look at Highbury RoundhouseTakeley Primary School and Mellor Primary School for examples of our engagement work.

Self-build architectural services

Having completed our own self-build project at Stock Orchard Street, we understand the process from a self-builder’s perspective, with added expertise as architects. We can oversee your complete project, or just help at those times when you feel that you need professional support.


Our research and innovation adds value for our clients and enriches the quality of our work. We undertake technical, environmental and social investigations as well as post-occupancy evaluations in order to learn from our work and disseminate findings. We have a long standing relationship with a number of higher education institutions.

Read more about Sarah’s most recent research project, DWELL, at the University of Sheffield here or browse our latest journal posts and publications.


SWA team from left to right: Tringa Kelmendi, Sarah Wigglesworth, Hannah Bergstrand, Josh Molnar, Eleanor Brough, Hayley Chivers, Rachel Pickford, Will Barker, Clare Bond (c) Jim Stephenson


Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE RIBA


Sarah is an architect with over 30 years experience in practice. She is acknowledged as a pioneering influence in British architecture. She has extensive expertise in green and sustainable design. Her work is characterised by careful theorising of the issues unique to each project and close engagement with clients and users.

Published worldwide and a sought-after speaker, her work attracts debate both inside and external to the field.




In 2003 she was awarded an MBE for her services to architecture and in 2010 was made a prestigious CABE Commissioner. She was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in 2012. Sarah is a CABE Built Environment Specialist, a member of the Kingston upon Thames Design and Ealing Design Review Panels, and was formerly a member of the Oxford City Design Review panel and the LLDC Quality Panel. She has a long standing relationship with academia and for 19 years was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, where she led the DWELL research project designing exemplary neighbourhoods and housing for older people. More information on the project can be found here.


Eleanor Brough


Eleanor has worked for over ten years with SWA as an associate and project architect. She combines excellent design ability and management skills, supported by sound knowledge of regulatory standards and detailing acumen. In 2016 she was awarded Project Architect of the Year (RIBA North West) for her role on the multi-award winning Mellor Primary School.




This exemplar school project involved extensive community engagement to deliver an innovative, sustainable extension in a woodland setting on the edge of the Peak District. She has expertise in the education, housing and cultural sectors. Among other projects, she now heads the team delivering the most recent Phases of the Trent Basin masterplan for a new sustainable waterside community. 


Education organisations
Emerson College
The Girls Day School Trust
Kings College London
The Latham School
Mellor Primary School
The Metanoia Institute
Portland Nurseries
University of Cambridge

Community and arts organisations

20th Century Society
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Highbury Roundhouse
Holton Lee
Improbable Theatre Company
Ivy Street Family Centre
Moonshot Centre / IRIE! Dance Theatre
Siobhan Davies Dance
SPACE Studios
Swansea Print Workshop
Public authorities and agencies
Barnsbury Housing Association
Brick by Brick
Camden London Borough Council
Citywest Homes
Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
Essex County Council
HAB Homes
Hyde Housing Association
Igloo Regeneration
Isis Regeneration
London Borough of Redbridge
Moat Housing Association
Notting Hill Housing
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
Royal Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
Sheffield County Council
South Yorkshire Housing Association
Southwark Regeneration
Wakefield Council
Warwick Council
Wates Construction Limited


Highbury Roundhouse Youth & Community Centre
2023 Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards:
• Building Project of the Year under £10 million (shortlisted)
• Value (shortlisted)
Go Cycle:Kingston Station
2022 AJ Architecture Awards: Infrastructure and Transport (shortlisted)
2022 FX Awards: UK Project of the Year
2022 FX Awards: Outside Space (shortlisted)
2022 Civic Trust Awards: Special Award for Transportation & Infrastructure
2022 Civic Trust Awards: Winner
2022 Civic Trust Awards: National Panel Special Award Prize (shortlisted)
2021 New London Architecture Award: Moving
2021 Dezeen Awards: Civic Building (longlisted)
Haycroft Gardens
2022 British Homes Awards: House of the Year under 2500sqft (shortlisted)
2021 Dezeen Awards: Sustainable Building (longlisted)
R20: Retrofit of Stock Orchard Street
2021 AJ Retrofit Awards (highly commended)
Trent Basin Phase 3
2019 Housing Design Awards (shortlisted)
Kingsgate Primary School
2019 Civic Building of the Year (CBOY) and SPACES Award (shortlisted)
2019 LABC Awards: Best Educational Building (highly commended)
Umpire View
2018 RICS Award: Residential (shortlisted)
Bicycle Store, Bridge, Beacon and the Linear Park for the Go Cycle Project at Kingston-upon-Thames
2017 New London Architecture Award: Wellbeing
Mellor Primary School
2017 RIBA Journal McEwen Award (shortlisted)
2016 RIBA North West Award
2016 RIBA North West Award: Project Architect of the Year, Eleanor Brough
2016 Structural Timber Awards:
• Judge’s Choice
• Best Education Project
2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2016 Wood Awards (shortlisted)
2016 Education Business Awards:
• Best School Building (highly commended)
• Environmental Practice (highly commended)
2016 Surface Design Awards (shortlisted)
2016 Building Magazine Awards: Best Small Project (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Award (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Regional North West Award:
• Design through Innovation (shortlisted)
• Community Benefit (shortlisted)
Deborah House Studios
2016 RIBA Journal McEwen Award (longlisted)
2016 New London Architecture Award: Conservation and Retrofit (shortlisted)
2016 Build Magazine Award: Most Innovative Environmental Retrofit
2016 RICS London Awards (highly commended)
Brickfield Studios
2016 RICS London Awards (shortlisted)
Shell Cove
2016 Housing Design Awards (shortlisted)
Takeley Primary School
2013 RIBA East Award
Ray Park Visitor Centre
2012 Galvanising Awards (highly commended)
Sandal Magna Primary School
2011 RIBA National Award
2011 RIBA Award Northern Network:
• Gold Award
• Project of the Year
• Sustainability Award
2011 British Construction Industry Award: Best Public Building under £5m (shortlisted)
2011 Wood Awards (shortlisted)
2011 Brick Awards (shortlisted)
Heathfield Children’s Centre
2010 Building Magazine: Public Building of the Year (runner up)
Bermondsey Bicycle Store
2009 AJ/Ramboll Whitbybird Award: Best Small Project (shortlisted)
Cremorne Riverside Centre
2009 BURA Waterways Renaissance Awards (finalist)
2008 RIBA National Award
2008 Sustainability Awards: Sustainable Building of the Year, Small Project (runner up)
2008 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2008 British Construction Industry Award:
• Best Small Building Project (shortlisted)
• Local Authority Award (shortlisted)
• Environmental Award (shortlisted)
• The Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award (shortlisted)
Siobhan Davies Dance Studios
2006 RIBA National Award
Mossbrook School
2005 RIBA National Award
2005 RIBA Yorkshire:
• White Rose Award
• Client of the Year Award
2005 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (runner up)
2005 RIBA Access Award: Inclusive Design
Stock Orchard Street
2004 RIBA National Award
2004 RIBA Sustainability Award
2002 Civic Trust Award
2001 FX/Blueprint Award: Best Residential Project
2001 Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year (finalist)
Chelsea Flower Show Pavilion
2002 Royal Horticultural Society: Silver Medal
Competition Awards
2019 RIBA & Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation Competition: Growing Letchworth (shortlisted)
2016 RIBA Journal Sterling OSB Habitat Award: Stepping Stone Home (runner up)
2015 RIBA & Leicester City Council Competition: Soar Island
2013 Architecture Foundation: The Moorings – Street to Doorstep
2013 National Self Build Association: Self Build on a Shoestring Competition (shortlisted)
2013 Sunday Times British Homes Awards: The Simple Smart House (shortlisted)
2012 RIBA: Bird College Competition (shortlisted)
2008 RIBA Scotswood Expo: Flip Flop Flex House
Practice Awards
2023 Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards: People Development (shortlisted)
2022 London Construction Awards: Architectural Practice of the Year
2022 London Construction Awards: Women in Construction Award
2019 FX Design Awards: Outstanding Lifetime Contribution Award (Sarah Wigglesworth)
2017 Archiboo Web Awards: Best Visual Design
2017 BD Education Architect of the Year: Nursery to Sixth Form
2008 CIBSE Building Services Best Practice Award for School Design: Optimising the Internal Environment