Friend and Company aims to create beautiful, simple buildings through a dialogue with clients, end-users and collaborators.  We work on a variety of scales, from private residences to educational buildings.  Our portfolio of completed work includes award-winning new build developments as well as sensitive conversions of historic buildings. Each project, regardless of scale, is the result of detailed research into the context and site characteristics.

We are adept at finding imaginative solutions to complex architectural problems, and have a particular interest in exploiting the structural possibilities of materials.  Ideally we like to be closely involved when a project goes on site, and we believe that a continuous dialogue with contractors and sub-contractors helps to ensure the highest quality of construction.

Founding Director, Adrian Friend, is an RIBA Educator and has taught and lectured throughout the UK. Credited with establishing a projects office for University of Nottingham and leading the inaugural Jouberton Nursery ‘live-project’, designed and built by students in South Africa, Adrian has also helped implement a new architecture undergraduate programme for Norwich University of the Arts, returning the study of architecture to the city after a 50 year absence. A champion of design quality Adrian writes for the leading design and architecture publications including Blueprint, Wallpaper* and Building Design.

Since winning the Victoria & Albert Museum Main Shop international competition in 2016 we have developed a global expertise for museum shops particularly in highly sensitive, often grade I listed, historic contexts, adept at finding symbiosis between Museum and Retail narratives that extend both museum and the museum shop through crafted  commercial and cultural challenges facing 21stCentury Museums’ diversifying audiences. Our materials first approach, founded on latest practice research extends our material repertoire. Latest projects explore the application of new collaborative digital construction materials to change the way we build. Current project research includes application of corian cladding, fabricated cor-ten steel structures, recycled carbon fibre and stereolithic 3d printed clay tiling that was both a product that came out of, as well as embedded in the final museum shop design. 

Much of our work is founded around Climate Literacy and builds on Founding Director Adrian Friend’s expertise and involvement in the RIBA Ethics and Sustainable Development Commission (2018) that contributed to the RIBA Plan of Work 2020 and the RIBA Sustainable Outputs Guide - a model of Climate Literacy in the Built Environment. 

Friend and Company are an RIBA Chartered Practice


Studio 167 Foundling Court
The Brunswick Centre
London WC1N 1AN
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7713 7593

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