Britain's Best Architects

If you have an important building project, large or small, and want to include some outstanding British architects in your short list, this is the place to start.

Our list of Britain's Best Architects is made up of those RIBA Chartered Practices which have since 2000 won three or more RIBA National Awards for UK projects. The list has been updated to reflect the 2017 RIBA Awards.

Based on the awards up to 2017, there are only 103 such firms, out of more than 3,000 RIBA Chartered Architectural Practices in the UK. There is a page for each on this website.

Our selection of Britain's Best Architects is based on the RIBA Awards scheme. This is only one measure of design quality, but it is we believe a reasonably good one. It has been run continuously by the Royal Institute of British Architects since 1966, and is widely regarded as the 'gold standard' of contemporary British architecture.

Be surprised! Click for more about MJP Architects, sponsors of this website. We have won seven RIBA national awards since 2000 in healthcare, housing, museums, transport, universities, and urban design. We do the unexpected.

To help you find Britain's Best Architects who have since 2000 won an award relevant to your project, we have compiled separate lists for 28 building types. This produces for each building type a manageable number of firms for you to consider. Please click on each building type below.

Arts Centres

Botanical Buildings


Car Parks

Civic Buildings

Community Centres

Conference Centres


Further Education

Healthcare Buildings



Industrial Buildings


Mixed Use Buildings

Museums & Galleries


Private Houses

Public Art & Memorials

Religious Buildings

Retail Buildings


Sports Buildings

Theatres & Concert Halls

Transport Buildings

University Buildings

Urban Design

Visitor Centres

Our list of Britain's Best Architects is not intended to be exclusive, and we would urge you also to consider for inclusion in your short list local firms and younger firms which may not be included in our list. The RIBA publishes a complete online directory of RIBA Chartered Practices here

Although this website is primarily intended as a service to clients, we hope it will be of value to everyone with an interest in modern British architecture. 


Britain's Best Architects listed by building type: Arts Centres, Botanical, Bridges, Car Parks, Civic Buildings, Community Centres, Conference Centres, Conservation, Further Education, Healthcare, Hotels, Housing, Industrial, Libraries, Mixed Use, Museums & Galleries, Offices, Private Houses, Public Art & Memorials, Religious, Retail, Schools, Sports, Theatres & Concert Halls, Transport, Universities, Urban Design, Visitor Centres.

Publisher: The Britain's Best Architects website is published by Extonet Ltd. It is edited by Dr Alex Reid, formerly Director General of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Return to home page
List of practices
Best by building type
New Entrants
Other Winners
Useful links
About us