Ideas, Buildings & Places

Glenn Howells Architects has been a different kind of practice from the start. Not least, is that it has grown into a studio with national and international reach from a base outside London.
Underpinning the practice is an approach rooted in exploring ideas of how places and buildings can make peoples lives better.

Thoughtful interventions have won the practice a strong reputation for efficiently delivering high quality buildings across all sectors as well as feasibility studies and masterplans.

Many projects have been won in competition and many more awarded prizes – including being shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize and winning the British Council for Offices’ top award.
GHA, with offices in Birmingham and London, remains both down-to-earth and innovative, friendly and professional. The relationships we have built with our clients and collaborators (both public and private) have lasted more than a quarter of a century.

Why work with us

John Mulryan

Managing Director, Ballymore

Over the last 10 years GHA have become part of our team. We very much enjoy and value working with them to shape not only the buildings but the ideas and places that make our developments successful.

Sarah Dunning OBE

CEO, Westmorland

We were looking to build a new motorway service area on a greenfield site and wanted to create something sleek and contemporary, but at the same time, crafted, with a strong presence of natural materials.

Flanked by AONB (Area of Natural Beauty), it needed to look like it belonged there from the outside, with minimal landscape disruption.

Glenn and his team had all the experience to do this and they created a building which our customers love and of which we feel very proud.

Kevin McCloud MBE


It's quite easy to sum up why working with Glenn Howells is such a delight. There's an incredible culture of curiosity which runs throughout the whole practice. What this means is that everybody who works there is both interesting and interested in every aspect of the design process.

It's all too easy for design to drown under a weight of consultation but the fact that Glenn and his staff tackle the whole business of talking and listening with such relish means that it adds to, rather than detracts from, momentum and fun.

Gill Morbey OBE

Chief Executive, Sense

Sense is embarking on an ambitious new build and through a competitive tender Glenn Howells have become our architects. I'm delighted to say they have been with us every step of the way, listening to the many needs we have for the building, engaging with people with disabilities, our staff and Trustees.

They have offered guidance, providing advice and solutions to the inevitable challenges. Nothing has been too much for the team at GHA, attending meetings, focus groups and always available.