Profile

Profile

Gluckman Smith is a Limited Liability Partnership and a RIBA Chartered Practice.

VISION
Gluckman Smith aims to enrich the lives of people who experience the outstanding quality of our architectural designs. We believe strongly in the ability of great architecture to nourish our lives and we look to share this value with our clients in a lasting way.

ETHOS
We believe a mindful approach to work is a prerequisite for imaginative architecture.  Our design process aims for an architecture which balances poetic and rational sensibilities.

The concept that underpins each of our building designs originates in a thorough investigation of the brief.  Our designs emerge from an adherence to the requirements of function coupled with consideration for the inherent qualities of each site.  Our response is contemporary but we resist the notion of a practice style.

Our architectural pursuit is the creation of elegant and crafted buildings of enduring quality.  Our clients are our first priority and our commitment to quality is matched by our willingness to listen.  We are proud of our work and strive to ensure its value is always apparent.

EXPERIENCE

Our experience covers residential, cultural, retail and commercial projects.  Gluckman Smith specialises in projects that require a contemporary response to sensitive settings, whether historic, urban or rural. Within each context, the practice has established a particular expertise in working with buildings where fresh thinking and a refined finish are desired.

CONSERVATION
Through an understanding of the significance and value of historic buildings we unlock their potential for change. Harnessing our knowledge, and that of specialists when required, we recognise the special characteristics of existing buildings during the sensitive development of their future requirements.

SUSTAINABILITY
Whether for a new building or adaptive re-use of existing buildings, we produce environments that address the brief whilst enabling for sustainable uses and communities. Our knowledge is informed by in-house expertise in low-energy design (Passive House) which allows for a broad yet technical view of building design incorporating sustainably sourced materials, form, orientation and energy consumption. The result is the creation of comfortable and robust buildings with reduced running costs.

We believe that a fabric-first approach to construction detailing provides the necessary construction standards to deliver the high quality finishes expected by our clients.

OUR CLIENTS
Whether our clients are home-making, developing or formulating a business plan they look to us for our guidance and expertise. Our client base is broad and includes private individuals, entrepreneurs, developers, cultural and charitable institutions.

We know that a new building project can be a significant undertaking for our clients and understand the importance of working to their budget and timeframe. We ask our clients the right questions in order to discover what is required to provide them with the buildings that they need. We take pleasure in guiding them through the creative and building processes, ultimately helping them to distil and realize their own aspirations.

SERVICE
We combine style and creativity with professional acumen. Whether private, professional or institutional clients, we look to maintain the same high standard of service across our projects. Our team collaborates strategically with a carefully selected range of talented industry partners in order to maximise the potential of each project.

The practice offers a full range of architectural services: from preparing detail planning applications, to co-ordination of tenders and construction details to interior design and illustration.