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About

Established in 2005, Studio Sam Causer is a design-led architecture practice specialising in adapting complex and sensitive situations.


We relish working in multi-layered historic environments, bringing a philosophical rigour to our interventions backed up with astute understanding of the way materials and humans behave in changing circumstances.  We enjoy that each generation through time leaves an architectural legacy which speaks of available technologies, experiences and other cultural influences, and love how buildings and the environment grow and adapt accordingly.  What comes now may not look or behave like what has gone before, but everything needs to work well together.


Alongside our small but experienced team we collaborate closely with structural engineers, cost consultants, contractors and clients, as well as with artists, choreographers, film-makers and academics, together producing a rich and broad practice centred on the act of making spaces to support life.


We’re committed to understanding the environmental and social impact of our buildings, and whilst everybody has a responsibility to form good relations with our environment, the architect is well placed to balance the physical and temporal elements that together create spaces worthy of our collective capability.


We’re currently working on a range of private domestic, commercial, civic and public space projects with a focus on East Kent and the Thames valley into London. Our portfolio includes several Conservation projects at a range of scales, from tiny cottages to a vast five mile-long public park in Margate, and the transformation of the social spaces of the Grade II* Listed Modernist masterpiece Kensal House for the SPID Theatre Company in London. Many of our projects are funded by public bodies including the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.  We've recently been appointed by Thanet District Council to improve the landscape of Dalby Square, our third project funded by the Townscape Heritage Initiative in Margate.  On another tangent altogether, we’ve completed two interior projects for fashion designers - a Worlds End shop in Berlin for Vivienne Westwood and a design HQ in London for highly successful new label Self-Portrait.


Alongside practice I also teach regularly at various schools of Architecture across the UK, and have held long-term positions at Cambridge, Kent and De Montfort Universities.


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THINGS NEED TO BE ORDINARY AND HEROIC AT THE SAME TIME

We are delighted to have been recognised by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best practices in the UK and proud to be included in their book 'New Architects', the 'definitive survey of the best British Architects to have set up practice in the past ten years'.


The Observer architecture critic Rowan Moore says of our work:


"Sam Causer can do neat, modern details - flush veneered panels, skinny steel window frames, large glass panels - and then throw in something from the realm of art installation such as a rough wall of silver birch trunks, with bark still in place... Extreme ingenuity with non-existent budgets".


We are proud to be the recipients of a substantial SUCCESS grant of £42,000 from a consortium of local councils in 2015 to help us secure new premises in Margate.  Our project to repair and refurbish the premises is currently on site. with Phase I complete and Phase II soon underway.


In 2015 Crane TV selected us for inclusion amongst their features on creative practitioners. You can view the short film by clicking on the icon above right.

For the past four years I’ve been vice-chair of the influential Margate Conservation Area Advisory Group, praised by Historic England as ‘exemplary’ and on the steering group of the Margate Neighbourhood Plan Forum.  I am also a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the Hackney Society and a CABE Enabler and Design Review Panel Member for the East Midlands region.  I have been a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2003 and am also an RIBA Conservation Registrant, seeking accreditation as Conservation Architect.


Working closely with me in the office is Specialist Conservation Architect Fiona Raley, Interior Designer Kier Muddiman and Architectural Assistant Douglas Sibley. Project collaborators include Architectural Designer Liam Nabb, Artist Carlos Maria and Architect Geraldine Dening.


Sam Causer RIBA, Margate 2017.


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