We are architects.
We make spaces better, healthier and more inclusive. We add value.
We enjoy what we do.
We have experience in a range or projects from domestic extensions and one off 'grand design' homes through to housing masterplans, museums and school design. We believe it is more important 'who' we are working for than 'what' we are working on
We offer the full range of traditional architectural services from conception to completion. We can offer the full VR experience of our designs or just provide the basic 2d drawings depending on the project and what level of service our clients desire. We excel in sustainable design and its integration into the historic built environment. We also design external spaces and gardens that work in harmony with the buildings around them.
We are not bound by pre-conceived ideas or an architectural agenda, our objective is to create thoughtful and pragmatic spaces that responds to our client's needs and budget and the specific location of the project.
Jonny is a RIBA Chartered Architect, is on the RIBA Conservation Register and is also a part time teaching fellow at the University of Bath's Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has been on the 'Ask and Expert' stand at Grand Designs Live and the National Homebuilding and Renovation show.
He spent several years working for high profile practices before deciding to set up his own studio in 2012 to develop projects true to his own beliefs and also have more time to walk the dog. Unfortunately, the dog still feels under appreciated.
Away from the studio he can mainly be found in a field or in the garden watching the slugs eat his hostas.
Jack is a UK registered and chartered architect. He has a broad range of experience at both large and small-scale award-winning practices in London, the south-east and south-west. Jack has a strong interest in the relationship between architecture and society, ensuring that aesthetics, environment and future use are all thought about simultaneously throughout our projects.
He also is also camera shy and shares a name with a NBA basketball star.
Sally joined JOMA after working in the conservation sector for several years. She has experience on the refurbishment of several Grade I listed buildings including the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.
She is is passionate about the value of architecture in the historic environment which is evident in her enthusiasm for designing buildings with their longevity and flexibility in mind.
Sally also works as a dairy farmer and models her day to day life on Pip from the Archers.
When not setting the advertising world on fire Lucy helps out with all things admin at JOMA HQ. She has a penchant for Ebay and up-cycling anything she can get her hands on but we like her best for her incessant apologising and amazing muffin creations. Sorry.
These are our principles, what we stand for as a practice, how we gauge our success and the principles we are happy to be judged against.
1. Embrace Simplicity and the Ordinary
If it can it be built simply, with common materials in standard sizes, it should be.
2. Respect for the planet
Sustainability is not a choice, it is inherent in everything we design
3. Honesty in the use of Materials
If it looks like wood, it should be made of wood
4. Celebrate Craft
We aim to express how the building is put together in an honest way through the detail
5. Abhor the pastiche
A building or place should reflect its own era and not have a veneer of another
6. Create and sustain
Communities through building Not divide and diminish them
7. Encourage Cooperation, Collaboration and Learning
Understanding our weaknesses and learning from others’ strengths is vital to our development as a practice – “every day is a school day”
8. Design for People not Profit
We design buildings to bring joy and happiness to the people and communities who use them, not to make a profit to the people who build them.
9. Respond to Context
Our buildings should reflect people, location, scale, history, culture, landscape, community
These principles will no doubt evolve and change as we grow and learn as a practice and we must give credit to Claire Nash of Claire Nash Architecture for inspiring us with her book Contemporary Vernacular Design.
"We have no hesitation in recommending JOMA. Jonny and the team helped with every aspect design, liaising with local planning officers ,guiding us through an appeal when the local council rejected our plans and liaising with the builder. They visited the sight regularly and we had monthly meetings with them and the builder. JOMA checked all the finances thus taking the pressure and stress off us. We are delighted with our new house as hopefully they are.”
Clive & Jeanne Jones (see Clive & Jeanne's house here)
"JOMA Architecture's extension to our Edwardian house was a bold statement of modern, sustainable design which maximised the use of light and space and the relationship between the house and the garden. The design was imaginative yet sympathetic to the existing house and is an entirely original work"
Adam & Stella Baille (see Adam & Stella's house here)
"LOVE the design work by JOMA architecture. Jonny understood my requirements and budget and delivered a fantastic extension which exceeded my original expectations. I formed a good working relationship with Jonny through out the process and welcomed his feedback and clear instructions at each stage. I realise that his capabilities stretch beyond the minimum level of my extension project but feel that he gave me the same attention to detail as that of his larger clients. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jonny for any project needing a modern, clean, eco-friendly approach"
"We were delighted with the plans that JOMA Architecture created for the rear conversion of our South London terraced house. Jonny provided us with various creative options, all within the parameters of our brief, and all in keeping with our arranged timeline. His enthusiastic and knowledgable nature made the process of planning and builder selection far more comfortable and ultimately perfect for our needs. JOMA's overall care for us as clients was spot on, and made a potentially difficult process feel actually very enjoyable!"
Paul & Katie Woodward
"Our experience with JOMA has been fantastic from start to finish. The creativity and flair was just what our 1970's home needed. JOMA produced the most amazing plans for re-modelling the entire house and adding an extension that nearly doubled the size of the original. Making a modern, light and airy, contemporary house.
Throughout the project nothing was too much trouble, we felt really well supported and guided. We are delighted with the finished 'forever family home', full of the 'wow' factor and surveyors have commented that it's exactly the kind of imagination a regular 70's property needed. The imagination was all down to JOMA."
Seb & Rowena Clift