FCBStudios was founded to move architecture forward. That’s why, for over 40 years, we've been pushing boundaries in sustainable, democratic, and socially responsible design. 

By grounding everything we do in research and constantly seeking out fresh perspectives, we balance beauty and functionality in every space we create. We understand the challenges our clients face and offer practical, commercially viable solutions that work, both today and long into the future.


Our architecture faces the challenges of a changing world. We design with empathy for the human condition, with science for sustainable outcomes, and with art for crafting beautiful places. We pioneer imaginative and inclusive ways to create exceptional buildings. 

Ours is a rigorous process. We enjoy the ‘making’ of buildings: crafting light, space and form to create memorable and functioning places. We continually explore materials and believe strongly in creative collaboration. We work with wider stakeholders and communities as participants to produce designs that are owned and loved. 

We believe that together we can facilitate change in society. Giving places identity and connecting communities. 

Southbank Centre
What FCBStudios has espoused is a moral and ethical attitude to environmental concerns, a willingness to experiment, matching the contemporary to context, and a commitment to a practice organisation that is based on the atelier, not the pyramid.

Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival


FCBS CARBON is our whole-life carbon review tool, designed to estimate the whole-life carbon of a building to inform design decisions prior to detailed design. This makes potential carbon impacts clear to the architect, the client, and the wider design team from the outset of the design process. Access to FCBS CARBON is free, for more details and to download visit here.


Route to Net Zero

Our transition to a net zero architecture is underway. All our designs seek to reduce the embodied and operational carbon impacts of the places we design, but also consider the wider biodiversity, resource and lifestyle impacts of our work. You can read our Carbon Reduction Plan here.
However, we can’t do this alone. We engage with our clients, our industry peers and communities along the journey, learning and sharing our knowledge to help reach our shared sustainability goals.

Stephen Tayor Court


Reusing existing buildings is one of the most powerful tools architects have in tackling the climate emergency. But along with embodied carbon, these buildings also have historical character and social and economic capital. They have stories to tell. For us, conservation and design are inseparable. The re-use of buildings is an integral part of creating sustainable architecture.

Richmond Building University of Bristol


Every decision we make has an impact. We use a number of frameworks and tools to inform our decisions, from One Planet Living for a holistic view of sustainability, to FCBS Carbon for embodied carbon, and post-occupancy evaluation and soft landings to ensure our buildings work as we intended them to.

Bath Studio candid photos

Advocate and share knowledge

To reduce carbon emissions, our industry needs to change the way it designs and builds. We work across disciplines, collaborating with research and campaigning groups to advocate regenerative design practices and apply our knowledge to our work. We create exhibitions to share our knowledge and participate in industry events.
We aim to ask the right questions to enable discussion to take place, raise awareness and share knowledge across the industry to meet this shift.

Carbon Counts in Liverpool

A positive social impact of our buildings on the people who use them

The wellbeing of the people who live, work, play or learn in the buildings that we create is always at the heart of our designs. We design buildings which support and promote active, social and sustainable lifestyles. Buildings which protect biodiversity and increase connectivity with nature.  And we create spaces which inspire a feeling of ownership and leave a lasting positive legacy.

School entrance, Pocket Park

A positive impact on the communities within which we work

From the outset our design processes include thoughtful, creative and meaningful engagement opportunities for the local communities in which we work. We collaborate with established local organisations, schools, charities and community groups to reach as wide an audience as possible. We promote local skills and employment and support the growth of regional business. And we volunteer our time and share our knowledge and experience.

Architectural Copyright FCBSStudios

A positive social impact on young people

Whether we are visiting local primary schools, mentoring young adults at college or teaching at universities, we actively seek out engagement opportunities with young people.  We recognise there is a continuing and urgent need to increase diversity in the built environment profession and look to remove barriers and raise aspirations through our work with young people across the board.

Shape My City 2023 FCBS Inspirer Session

A positive impact on the industry in which we work

We can only improve as an industry if we work as a collective. We share our research outputs, experience and learnings with our peers and actively engage with campaigning groups and organisations to advocate for better design practices. We welcome audiences into our studios so we can share, learn and move forward together.

World Climate Strike Protest

A positive impact through our charitable projects

Our charity group collaborates on creative, architectural and educational projects in the UK and we support charities that promote equality, social justice and education. In 2005 we set up the Feilden Foundation in memory of Richard Feilden. Partnering with schools and organisations in East Africa, the Foundation has provided the design and build of quality educational facilities. In recent years the charity has made a shift into a more advisory role addressing a need to aid and equip the new generation of architects and designers in the region.

Lake Bunyoni - Jan 2011 - work in progress


Our research supports and informs our architecture. Through explorations of environment, materials and social issues we are inventive and find new unexpected solutions, as well as learning from projects in use. 

We are connected to academia and pioneering research groups through our research.

Visualisation for an environmental model


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