Friend and Company aims to create beautiful, simple buildings and interiors 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 self-build developments as well as sensitive conversions of historic, often listed 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 spatial 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 finishes. 

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 self-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 interiors, adept at finding symbiosis between Museum and Retail narratives that extend both museum as well as museum shop through crafted  commercial and cultural challenges facing 21stCentury Museums’ in meeting needs of diversifying and new audiences. Our materials first approach, founded on latest practice-led making research extends our material repertoire. Latest projects explore the application of new collaborative digital construction materials to socialise the way we build collectively with shared resources. 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 adopted by leading architects and interior designers.

Friend and Company Architects are an RIBA Chartered Practice. To date we have been fortunate to collaborate with the following charities and public institutions: 
V&A Museum
Warner Bros. Pictures
Corporation of London
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea
National Trust
St Catherine’s College 
Focal Point Gallery 
British Council 
Kielder Water and Forest Park
Education Africa
Bird College of Dance
St Pancras Cruising Club
Robert Grace Trust


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

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