New Architects 4: James Grayley Architects

James Grayley Architects are one of 109 British architectural practices profiled in the Architecture Foundation’s recent publication ’New Architects 4’.

Featuring the work of 109 British architectural practices, established in the past ten years, New Architects 4 is the latest edition of the Architecture Foundation’s long running series. Running to 550 pages, this lavishly illustrated book is the definitive survey of an emerging generation of British talent. Get your copy at

James Grayley set up his practice in 2012 after ten years working at Dow Jones.
Based in London and Bath, the practice undertakes meticulous research to unravel the built and social history of a site, enabling it to embed its proposals in the culture of the place. James Grayley Architects focuses on low-tech, high performance construction, adopting a fabric-first approach to creating robust and adaptable projects. It enjoys collaborating with skilled crafts-people to explore the visual and technical possibilities of natural and local materials. Recent projects include Garboldisham Studio, a space for a landscape artist set within a walled garden in Norfolk, informed by the design of George Gilbert Scott Jr’s only country house, which once stood on the site, and Printroom, an artist-led gallery in rural Suffolk, which converts a series of abandoned agricultural buildings in a contemporary manner that engages with the local vernacular.

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