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New practices: Jonathan Lees Architects

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Jonathan Lees Architects, Bristol and Mid Wales

Main people: Jonathan Lees, Sharon Lees

Founded: Late 2010

Where have you come from?
Jonathan was an associate with Craig Hamilton Architects. He trained at Bristol’s University of the West of England.

What work do you have?
We’ve been extremely busy working on various projects from domestic extensions and new houses to commercial projects, arts centres and theatres, listed buildings and eco-tourism sites. We specialise in progressive traditionalism and tend to focus on interesting, high-quality projects, often involving conservation work.

What are your ambitions?
To build and develop a highly skilled team of up to 10 people so we can do slightly larger projects while maintaining our current work levels and output. We’d like to have specialist knowledge on subjects such as building conservation, planning and landscape design. We’ll stay in Bristol and continue to work across the UK, hopefully becoming known for our specialist approach to progressing the classical and traditional languages of architecture.

How optimistic are you?
Very. Being able to specialise in a particular approach to architecture has driven us into a niche in the market, which is remaining largely buoyant in the current economic environment. Our aim is to concentrate our efforts on building our reputation and project portfolio so we can continue to work on interesting and exciting projects.


Tto celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its head office in Bristol, the practice is holding a public exhibition of its work. The event at The OldLibrary,Old Market,Bristol will showcase the firm’s project artwork, models, paintings, concept artwork and working drawings.The launch evening is on Friday 20 July 2012. The exhibition will run for two weeks

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