The foot of a tree at Edwardian 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 them and understanding how they want to live to provide practical, creative, architectural designs.

Our Architectural Services — How We Work

At Louise Crossman Architects we offer vision and problem solving and we are ambitious for our clients. We will listen to you, explore designs with you, and advise you, setting up and leading a consultant team, developing construction proposals, or delivering the completed scheme. We craft architecture to delight.

“I would be happy to recommend the firm to any potential client who values being listened to and for whom relationship as well as professional skill and technical competence is important.” — James Denniston, Lee Abbey

Our Architectural Team — Who We Are

Louise Crossman Architects is an Employee Ownership Trust committed to long term growth and evolution. We work collaboratively 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 competencies.

Louise Crossman, Director — BSc, Dipl Arch, RIBA

Louise is committed to contemporary quality architecture that resonates with the landscape, materials, and culture of our region. Louise has considerable experience of working with historic buildings and in sensitive contexts. She also offers significant experience in executing building projects that allow the design process to be explored without losing touch with practical implementation.

Ivan Jordan — BA (Hons), Dipl Arch.

Ivan leads our Honiton Studio and is a highly design-focused architect with 20 years practice experience. He approaches each project with enthusiasm, high expectations, and his work is based on a rich architectural knowledge. Equally assured working with listed buildings, commercial projects and private homes, Ivan believes that everything should be thoughtfully designed and delivered with care. His work is always expressive and delights in the joy of architecture.

Charlie Ardren — BA (Hons), MArch, PGcert

With a portfolio that includes contemporary design in rural settings and listed buildings, his designs are well thought through and technically informed, where material choice, form and context are considered. Charlie’s meticulous approach delivers unfailingly excellent work to his clients.

Amanda Draper — FdA, BA (Hons), MArch

Having originally trained in interior design, followed by architectural training at the university of Plymouth, Amanda’s architectural experience is rooted in working in sensitive locations where she has considerable experience with local planning authorities. However, beyond this her eye for detail and material selection also contributes to any project.

Jacky Fletcher — BSc (Hons), FCCA

As practice manager, Jacky uses her experience and qualifications to provide a bedrock to the day-to-day running of the practice, working with the admin team to ensure a smooth running business and keeping creative minds focused on the tasks in hand.

Career Opportunities

We are always interested to receive applications from talented individuals. Please either respond to an advertised role if listed, or, when we are not actively recruiting send your CV and not more than 6 examples of your past work to .

Experienced Architect

Would you like to live and work in a beautiful part of the country, close to the coast and Exmoor, in a successful architectural practice? If so, we would love to hear from you.

The position will be full time, based in our Withycombe studio, where we work exclusively in the South West creating bespoke homes, working on predominantly high-end residential schemes and traditional buildings.

About The Role:-

We are looking for someone experienced in working on residential properties, with excellent design, creative, technical and communication skills, and through all RIBA Stages of Work. You will be responsible for, and have experience of, leading your own projects from concept through to completion, with support from the rest of the team, as needed. You will also provide support and guidance to other members of the team. Applicants will be required to demonstrate a sound understanding of, and a wide range of experience working within, the UK planning and building regulations systems.


Salary will be competitive, commensurate with your experience, and in line with RIBA guidelines. Additionally, as we are an Employee Ownership Trust, all staff have the opportunity to share in the future success of the practice, once they have been with the practice for a minimum 12 months.

This role provides an opportunity to join a thriving design-led studio, with opportunities for career progression, in a beautiful part of the UK. If you are interested, please email us at with your CV and examples of your own design work and technical construction drawings.

No agencies please.