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 preconceived style or approach, each project is a unique response to its context and brief, and results from a collaborative dialogue with the client(s).

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

The project had been granted planning permission under what is now NPPF paragraph 79, a policy giving 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.  She worked on a variety of mostly London projects ranging from large mixed-use developments to small refurbishments, before deciding to focus on private houses and setting up her own practice in the Cotswolds.  These days, she prefers to work on all aspects of each project rather than delegating to a practice team, so nothing gets lost in translation.

Seymour-Smith Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice.

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.