John Puttick Associates was founded five years ago with our competition winning entry for the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Preston Bus Station. The Brutalist landmark re-opened to the public in 2018 and was selected by both the BBC and The Observer as one of the architectural highlights of the year. The project has also won National and Regional RIBA awards and was long-listed for the 2019 Stirling Prize.
The success of the Bus Station has led to work on a number of other public buildings including a museum remodelling in Hertfordshire, the refurbishment and extension of a Grade II* Listed Charles Barry-designed church in Brighton and a series of new build youth centres across the country for a charity specialising in providing young people with inspiring community buildings. The first of these opened in South London in September 2019.
Recently John Puttick Associates was shortlisted amongst five finalists from 134 entries to design the refurbishment of the main entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Early next year will see the completion of a Mourners’ Shelter and Cemetery Lodge in Hertfordshire.
In addition to working on projects in the UK, we have designed buildings overseas. Our first completed project was a gallery for emerging artists in Beijing and we have designed a series of residential and interiors projects in the United States.
John Puttick Associates is an RIBA Chartered Practice.
John Puttick Associates’ work is gently sculptural. Its logic is based on a desire to express each element and to articulate the interrelationships of spaces. There is a sense of calmness in the buildings brought about by a pared down design aesthetic. This enjoyment of simplicity and clarity is combined with joy and warmth as components in the practice’s work; elements that come across in the many hand drawings and physical models that the team produce as part of the architects’ working process.
At John Puttick Associates, there is also a strong interest in the potential offered by engineering to improve the built environment. Architecture is, in fact, seen as an “art of construction”. This interest in how things are made goes hand-in-hand with the practice's pursuit of highly functional buildings designed to serve the specific needs and expectations of those who will occupy and use these in years to come.