About the practice

Paragraph 79 projects are a particular speciality, with four approvals to date and a 100% success record.

Founded by Helen Seymour-Smith in 2005, Seymour-Smith Architects provides creative, intelligent and appropriate solutions to its clients’ requirements, no matter how big or small.  Rather than any preconcieved style or approach, each distinctive project is a unique response to its context and brief, and results from a collaborative dialogue with the clients.

The practice’s ambitious design approach and rigorous environmental ethos first came into the public eye when Underhill House, which was the first certified passivhaus in England, was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.

The project had been granted planning permission under paragraph 11 of PPS7 (now NPPF paragraph 79), a policy which gives special dispensation for new houses in open countryside which are considered to be “truly outstanding and ground-breaking” and to reflect “the highest standards in contemporary architecture”.  Since then, the practice has worked on a number of paragraph 79 projects, with four approvals to date, a 100% success record, and several more in progress.

Helen Seymour-Smith studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, graduating in 1999.  Since then she worked mostly in London, gaining experience on a wide variety of projects ranging from large mixed-use developments to small bespoke refurbishments, before deciding to concentrate on private houses and setting up Seymour-Smith Architects in 2005.

Seymour-Smith Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice, demonstrating its commitment to delivering the highest quality of service in all aspects of its work.

Seymour-Smith Architects Limited is registered in England and Wales with Company Number 8754688.  Registered address: North Wing, Barton–on–the–Heath, Moreton–in–Marsh, GLOS, GL56 0PJ.