RIBA chartered practice studio24 architects make human centred architecture using spatial ingenuity and subtle articulation to create successful projects across a variety of scales. Built upon shared values within a sustainable ethos, use and economy of materials and construction, the Cambridge based studio have won local awards for small site development and residential buildings.




The studio draws upon an accumulated technical building knowledge and recent experiences to create relevant design-led solutions. We provide our clients with a hands-on, professional, and tailored design approach, founded on the RIBA's tried and tested project work stages.

An empathetic application of materials to context, supported by craft and construction knowledge is a particular focus within the studio. We like to work closely with our clients using a design process that translates visual appeal and brings technical economy to projects. We design to optimise a balance between environmental impact and built resilience. Reductive overtones and a human scale are common qualities embedded within designs, that together help distil the specifics of function, place, orientation and site geometry, to make our clients' projects successful.

Our design process focuses on future pragmatic responses that help reduce a project's environmental impact. We focus on getting the basics right, designing healthy buildings, to create uplifting and rewarding spaces that can positively reduce a reliance on energy and carbon intensive solutions.

design services


As an RIBA chartered practice, our design processes use tried and tested work stages to help clients' plan ahead, manage demands and guide design decisions that can achieve design quality, while helping manage your budget and time.

example services

Strategic brief development
Preparation of project briefs
Feasibility studies
Pre-purchase design appraisals
Planning guidance and applications
Design review and development
Technical design
Tender information
Construction technology
Self-Build assistance

Building and development isn't easy and requires investment of all kinds. We offer our experience and knowledge to clients, throughout the various project stages, maintaining a proactive and impartial custodian of the evolved design.

specialist areas

  • Small site development
  • Residential design
  • Gap sites
  • Mixed use buildings
  • Reuse and building adaptation
  • Micro-communities
  • Repurposing, extensions and retreats
  • Retrofit
  • Bespoke houses and retreats
  • Low energy, low carbon building
  • Environmentally conscious design


We think of design quality having three distinct measures; cognitive appreciation, emotional engagement both positive and negative, and designing with a sense of purpose.

The studio is committed to providing our clients with an informative, stimulating and professional design service. We follow the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Code of Professional Conduct. Project architects are registered with the ARB (Architects Registration Board). The studio is an RIBA Chartered Practice, to give new clients confidence and assurance that the quality of service they receive, commitment to design excellence and delivery, is professional and accountable.


The studio was founded by Mark Richards in 2012. Mark, a Chartered Architect, has extensive architectural design and delivery experience gained during international design practice, designing and leading large-scale projects in the UK and overseas. He has a keen interest in mixing building typologies, environmentally conscious building and an aptitude for simplifying complex problems. Mark was the RIBA elected member of the Cambridge City Design Review panel in 2017/18 and supports the local RIBA chapter; the Cambridge Association of Architects.

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