JWA, founded by James Wells is a dedicated team of architects who relish the challenge of dealing with technically demanding schemes. The practice focuses on high quality architectural and interior design work.
At the core of the practice is a commitment to delivering the right solution for each brief. JWA prides itself on keeping minds and options open to a range of design influences and approaches. Not prescribing one design theme or ideology, the hallmark of a JWA project is how good the space feels. This approach results in a freshness and originality which makes the work stand out and at the same time the buildings possess a sense of grace and longevity.
A number of sectors are covered including private residential; bar and restaurant fit out; both commercial office and residential development.
Design services offered include: new build, conversion, extension, planning negotiation, listed building refurbishment, interior design and furniture design.
The projects selected here demonstrate the design skills applied to places in which to work, live, play and relax. Read what people say about the places JWA is proud to have created.
Our sister practice in Chichester, Pullen & Wells Architects specialises in designing new homes in the South Downs and neighbouring areas.
The team at James Wells Architects brings together many years of experience of design and construction for a large range of clients.
James studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and then over 15 years worked with Quinlan Terry, Green Lloyd Architects and Stanton Williams. James has been running his own practice in London since 1995. While James is adept at working in an eclectic range of idioms, his design signature is a clear and direct form, quickly arrived at through fluid freehand sketches. Elegant proportions and considered use of natural and artificial light come to the fore in all projects. James takes pride in the number of repeat commissions the practice has had from leading commercial clients, testament to the care and thoroughness the practice devotes to all work.
After studying at Brighton School of Architecture and University of Portsmouth, Trevor gained valuable experience with a number of award winning architectural practices including an assignment in Italy, prior to spending the past 20 years at a senior level with Neil Holland Architects remodeling and designing new family homes in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire. Trevor has a fastidious eye for detail and promotes the evolution of traditional architecture and materials with a fusion of modern technologies to create beautiful yet functional buildings that sit comfortably within their surroundings.
Natasha graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2011 winning the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize for Best Diploma Drawing Work and a nomination for the RIBA Silver Medal Award. Prior to joining the team, Natasha worked with HLM Architects on two schools and with ORMS she worked on the refurbishment of a 1970s central London office block. In addition Natasha has designed a range of high-end residential refurbishments. As well as having a keen interest in art, film and science Natasha enjoys the versatility offered by a career in architecture. She finds inspiration from Scandinavian architecture and designing in a way that reduces wastefulness.
A product of Brighton School of Architecture and South Bank University, London, Martin has worked for a number of Sussex practices culminating in ten years at Neil Holland Architects. Prior to that he was part of the design team involved in the £26M Body Shop HQ development in Littlehampton, and was the chief designer of an award winning office development in Worthing. Arts & Crafts architecture and the English country house are of particular interest, but Martin’s other interests include the visual arts, (practicing and appreciating), history, music, travel and culture, as well as earth sciences, things anthropological and astronomical.
Ben graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2013 and is currently completing his Master of Architecture degree at the university. Prior to joining Pullen & Wells Architects Ben gained valuable experience at Neil Holland Architects, working on a number of residential projects ranging from the remodelling of existing buildings to new schemes. Ben is interested in both contemporary and traditional architecture and is inspired by buildings that articulate modern interventions juxtaposed against the historic fabric, expressing layers of history and cultural identity.
With a keen interest in art and architecture, Sara has over 20 years’ experience working for interior designers and architects and joins Pullen & Wells as Practice Manager. Having worked in other industries, Sara prefers the atmosphere and creative environment of an architect’s practice.
In 1990, Jo set up Joanna Scott PR a media relations consultancy specialising in supplying communications expertise for architecture, the arts, design and digital media. Jo has over twenty years experience of promoting the visual arts and creative industries. Clients during that time included: Crafts Council, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Thomas Heatherwick, Pentagram and J Walter Thompson. With a family background in construction and her first job working in Structural Engineering, Jo is at home working in an architectural practice, she likes to think she adds a certain element of humour and noise to the serious calm of the designers.