Our History

Associated Architects was founded in 1968 by three tutors at the Birmingham School of Architecture. Their ambition was to establish a practice that set new standards for architecture in the Midlands.

Our ambition was to establish a practice that set new standards for architecture in the Midlands

Associated Architects was founded in 1968 by three tutors at the Birmingham School of Architecture. Their ambition was to establish a practice that set new standards for architecture in the Midlands.

Originally focusing on social and private housing work, the practice developed specialisms in other sectors such as independent schools and work involving heritage buildings. The quality of this small-scale work was recognised by the start of an ever-growing list of RIBA Awards.

The commission to design a new School of Jewellery for Birmingham Polytechnic at the start of the 90’s marked a turning point for the practice as the scale, ambition and complexity of project work increased significantly.

Ever since we have grown organically and now have around 60 staff working on projects across the UK in the university, education, housing, arts and commercial sectors.