jmarchitects - London Director

As a business, we’re proud of the clients we work with and are therefore pleased to launch a series of interviews showcasing their work.

We recently partnered with jmarchitects to place their new London director. Our co-founder Michael Beeken sits down with jmarchitects’ Managing Director, Brian Thomson, to discuss the company’s most significant projects so far, the current challenges facing the industry, and jmarchitects’ recent growth in London.

What is jmarchitects' expertise within the architecture industry?

In terms of our nationwide scope, our sector strengths lie in hotels, student residences, education and healthcare. In London, we are known for predominately residential and commercial projects, although we plan to introduce more diverse projects into the mix soon.

What are some of your most significant projects?

Across the UK, each of our studios have their own “landmark” projects that have allowed the practice to take a significant step forward. Our high-profile projects in Scotland include the Princes Exchange office, Hampden Park and a number of award-winning schools. Working with Steven Holl on the Glasgow School of Art and Maggie’s St Bartholomew’s was also definitely a milestone in our journey so far.

These sector strengths have been successfully exported to Manchester, where our portfolio includes the recently completed Blossom Iron project for Manchester Life and the new Salford FC stadium. In London, education projects such as the multi award-winning Elm Court School, were important watersheds, along with significant office developments and new builds.

What sets your company apart?

As one of the few regionally head quartered AJ Top 40 practices, we have the advantage of a more balanced view of the UK as a whole. We share our resources effectively across the country at a fraction of the cost of some London based practices. This results in the ideal combination of local presence and efficient delivery, but at competitive, profitable fee levels. We share knowledge across the country and our design directors move to lead projects to suit sector specialisms.


Read the full interview with jmarchitects' director Brian Thomson here.