SW Architects was co-founded in London by Shirley Waldron and Rodrigo Gutierrez in 2002. Our projects predominantly remain in London but offices have since moved to Brighton.

We are an Architectural practice that is continuously pursuing a strong design philosophy emanating from an understanding of the client’s brief, context, construction and implementation. We see design as a unique opportunity to make a positive contribution to the built and natural environment; by taking the client's brief and collaboratively creating places for all users to enjoy. We are continuously exploring aspects of low energy design and construction. Where practical, we always encourage the use of natural materials and improved fabric standards aiming for long-term durability, low maintenance and low energy consumption throughout the life of the building. In 2007 the practice achieved a commendation for the British Homes Awards endorsed by the BRE (Building Research Establishment), RIBA and NHBC to explore and design a prototype low-energy home. The project was published in a book ‘Design. The key to a better place’ in 2007.


As Architects working in London we have a successful planning record, having had dealings with most of the London Boroughs. In Brighton we have expanded our knowledge base into the Surrey and Sussex regions. We are thorough in meeting our client's requirements and in obtaining the necessary consents.

Our sector of work comprise multiple & one-off housing, commercial and leisure, either as, new-build, refurbishment, interior fit-out design including corporate graphics & branding design.

Our services includes, design feasibility, sketch design, planning applications, conservation area consent, building regulations submission, tender drawings and contract administration. We provide Party Walls services and advise on neighbourly matters.

We structure the projects by following the RIBA work stages undertaking services on full or partial basis. Clients are able to select the services as required to meet the project brief.

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