Who we are
Make is a different kind of architecture practice. Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, we’re an employee-owned firm pursuing a democratic design process that values everyone’s input.
Today we have more than 150 people in London, Hong Kong and Sydney providing architecture, interior and urban design services from concept to completion.
Since our founding, Make has been 100% employee-owned. Our non-hierarchical structure allows for the free flow of ideas and is reflected in our friendly, collaborative culture. Since every Maker is a partner, they’re also 100% dedicated to the success of the company.
We love coming in to the studio every day – you can feel the buzz as soon as you walk in the door. It’s a fun, friendly, down-to-earth kind of place where everyone is valued and looked after. In 2016 we were named AJ100 Employer of the Year, and we’ve made the Sunday Times ‘100 Best Small Companies to Work For’ list three times.
The Make Charter
There is no one-size-fits-all ‘Make style’, no cookie-cutter approach. Instead, we’re guided by the Make Charter, which expresses our process and purpose: “To design the best places, spaces and buildings in the world.” We explore the unique potential of every brief to find the best solution for each individual project – one that’s right for people, planet, client and community.
Innovation is essential to our design process. We’re thrilled about the possibilities of virtual reality and are investing heavily in it, and we employ BIM from the outset on all projects. We also undertake extensive R&D and operate a think tank, the Future Spaces Foundation, which is dedicated to researching how to create the towns and cities of the future.
Permission to build
Make has an outstanding track record for receiving planning permission. Since our founding, we’ve received over 100 planning permissions. In the last three years alone, we’ve achieved an average of at least one successful planning consent every month.
Decisions made with clients are the ones we carry out – we don’t develop the design beyond what’s been agreed. Ken Shuttleworth reviews and contributes to all projects within the practice, but all final decisions are made between client and project architect, resulting in designs that go above and beyond.
Get in touch if you want to learn more – we’d love to hear from you.