John Puttick Associates was founded in 2014, initially working from New York on a series of residential and interiors projects in the United States in addition to a gallery for emerging artists in Beijing. In 2015, the practice won a prestigious international competition to refurbish Preston Bus Station. The listed 1960s Brutalist landmark building still remains the UK’s largest facility of its kind and the refurbishment opened to the public in 2018, being selected by both the BBC and The Observer as one of the architectural highlights of the year. The project has won Regional and National RIBA awards and was long-listed for the 2019 Stirling Prize.
John Puttick Associates continues to practice internationally but is now based in London overseeing a number of new commissions in the UK. These include a museum in Hertfordshire, the refurbishment and extension of a Grade II* Listed church and series of new build youth centre projects across the country. Recently the practice was shortlisted amongst five finalists from 134 entries to design the refurbishment of the main entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
John Puttick Associates is an RIBA Chartered Practice.
John Puttick studied architecture at The University of Nottingham and The Bartlett, University College London where he subsequently taught a Diploma design unit. His own Diploma project "The Land of Scattered Seeds" has been published and exhibited internationally and a copy is held in the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. He established John Puttick Associates in 2014 having worked for several years on major building projects in the UK, Europe and China. John Puttick has since exhibited and spoken about the practice’s work that has also been widely published.
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.