Prest Vale Architects

Prest Vale Architects


About Us

Prest Vale is a London based architectural studio with a reputation for creating architecture that is rich in character and distinct in identity.

The practice was founded by Richard Prest and Michael Vale after working on some of the most revered projects in the UK and abroad. These include the extension of The Royal Academy of Arts, the prestigious Chelsea Barracks residential development and the refurbishment of the Grade I listed Charterhouse Monastery. Today Prest Vale delivers masterplanning, building and interior projects of varying use, for both private and commercial clients. This wide ranging experience enables them to manage a diverse portfolio and helps to make every one of their projects a smooth and enjoyable process for their clients.

Many of Prest Vale’s projects are in historic settings and involve working sensitively with listed buildings and protected landscapes. They are experienced in navigating the additional planning protections in these places and possess the technical ability to work with such significant structures. The practice has a long standing association with The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and Richard Prest is among their scholars.

Richard and Michael studied at the universities of Cambridge, Liverpool and The CASS. Among other internationally recognised architects, they have worked with Professor Balkrishna Doshi, the recipient of the 2018 Pritzker Prize, as well as Eric Parry RA. They remain committed to the promotion of architectural excellence and have lectured at a number of English and European Universities.

Our Approach

We offer a comprehensive and tailored architectural service to develop a project from the initial seeds of conception through to inhabitation.

Our design approach delights in defining unique places that are sensitive to their surroundings. Through careful observation and study, we create architecture with integrity that sits comfortably in both traditional and contemporary contexts.

Our buildings use a rich palette of natural materials and blend the very best of traditional craftsmanship with modern technology, to create characterful places with a real sense of presence and permanence.

We design bespoke interiors that are shaped by the specific needs of our clients. By following the principles of passive design, our interiors are inherently comfortable, sustainable and atmospheric.

Be it for living, working or relaxing, we create spaces that people love to be in.

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