Nautical detailing for the stair balustrade at Merchant's House

Architecture to Delight

We create uniquely tailored architecture for private residential and cultural clients. We work exclusively in the South West of England realising the architectural ambitions of clients who, like us, are inspired by the distinctive surrounding coastlines, countryside and hinterland of Devon and Somerset. This experience gives us exceptional local knowledge and grounding as well as the ability to manage our projects with a trusted network of professional and craftspeople who deliver high quality workmanship and sustainable design.

With a thorough understanding of local building traditions and their context, we use intelligent design to drive sensitive modern interventions that balance a sense of place with the aspirations of modern living. We have considerable experience of working within designated landscapes such as National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty that has earned the practice an enviable reputation for planning success and built schemes. Our approach is to build a close relationship of trust and collaboration with clients, listening to and understanding how they want to live to provide practical, creative architectural designs.

Louise Crossman, Director — BSc, Dipl Arch, RIBA

Louise Crossman, Director LCA

Having founded the Practice in 1989, Louise is committed to the creation of contemporary quality architecture that encompasses local traditions and techniques. Impassioned by ideas and buildings that reflect and contribute to our environment, she aims to bring present day creative design solutions forward that resonate with the landscape, materia Louise Crossman, Director LCA and culture of our region and to distil this vision into the work of the practice.

Louise has considerable experience of working with historic buildings and contexts and also with properties in sensitive locations. Having served as a Secretary of State Appointee to Exmoor National Park Authority, Louise and the team have a good understanding of the planning policies and criteria sought by local planning authorities across Somerset and Devon. Louise also offers significant experience and expertise in executing building projects that allow the design process to be explored without loosing touch with practical implementation.

Our Architectural Team — What We Do

Louise Crossman Architects offer vision and problem solving, and are ambitious for our clients. We work from concept to completion in a studio environment where a handful of active projects are supported by our small architectural team, each of whom brings specific strengths and technical competency. A sensitive approach towards the subtle execution of construction detail, the tactile and sensory as well as choice of materials give depth to the consideration of architectural forms. We craft architecture to delight.

“Good relationship-good at communicating-helping through a collaborative approach. Ask rather than tell. Good with contractors.” — Client

Our Architectural Services — How We Work

Our studio is a collaborative design environment. We will guide you through the design, planning and construction process whether you are constructing a new building or adapting an existing home. We will listen to you, work with you, and advise you, exploring new ideas for projects with you, setting up and leading a consultant team for a feasibility study or developing proposals for construction or delivering the completed scheme.

As a Royal Institute of British Architects accredited Chartered Practice, Louise Crossman Architects complies with the required insurance, health and safety and quality management systems.

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