new makers bureau
We believe in the power of imaginative, environmental architecture as a positive force for good in the world.

Who we are  

New Makers Bureau is a London-based RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice, making environmentally and socially conscious buildings for the common good.  

What we do

We make buildings with passion and purpose that tread lightly on the earth.

We consider the finite and precious resources we have and deploy them with thought and care. In all our projects, we’re committed to using less and making more with less. We value re-use, adaptation and retrofitting. And we’re holistic in our approach to sustainability. 
We design through making, drawing and photography. And we pay particular attention to the materials we use, their provenance and the way they go together. We make our own materials through invention, hybrids and experimentation.  

How we do it 

We work together with our clients in a spirit of collaboration, and through a process of hands-on workshops, dialogue and discovery. 
We use our imagination to find resourceful ways to fulfil the brief and work hard to make the most of the project and the planet’s resources. 

James Hampton
Founding Director  
BSc (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA
James is the Founding Director of New Makers Bureau. He established the practice to make architecture that is designed both for its experiential quality and environmental value. He wants to reconnect architecture practice with making, and to explore the tactile and sensual experience of buildings. He believes that we should design buildings, placing as much value on how they make us feel as how well they work.  

James studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where he graduated with a distinction and later qualified as an architect. He has worked for a number of leading architecture practices including Will Alsop and Studio Egret West, where he led the Park Hill project, Europe’s largest listed building winning the Architect’s Journal Retrofit award and reaching the RIBA Stirling prize shortlist. Before founding New Makers Bureau James co-founded Periscope, a combined architecture and landscape practice.

James has lectured both in the UK and internationally and has taught at degree and masters level at the Bartlett where he currently teaches in the masters school. He’s also recently appeared on the BBC’s Panorama programme sharing his views on how to save the High Street.