Resulting from the practice’s specialisation in Residential and Healthcare, our Architects act as Expert Witnesses in the High Court on disability matters, negligence claims and property searches.FIND OUT MORE
Our heritage architects, ensure that every project with a conservation or heritage need is appropriately imagined and designed for both the clients needs and for the safeguarding of the heritage asset.FIND OUT MORE
Led by our Passivhaus architect, we are committed to incorporating sustainable design into every project, whether a new build or existing project, as a key driver or as a result of careful capital cost free thinking that improves buildings for the users and owners.FIND OUT MORE
We believe that buildings should be accessible and well-designed for everybody, and we are champions in ensuring that this is a key design driver on every project.FIND OUT MORE
The Practice was established by David Cowan, in 1983 and is based in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Whilst we predominantly serve the South East and Home Counties, our Architectural work covers the whole of the UK and Ireland. We have significant experience across many sectors, including developer residential, healthcare, home-owner residential, conservation, commercial, education, sports and leisure.
A proven track record for residential and healthcare work has resulted in an additional speciality, with the practice being recognised as one of the leading architectural firms for inclusive design. A product of this reputation is that 5 of our Architects now act as Expert Witnesses on disability needs in High Court cases.
To be a creative, vibrant and dynamic place to work and be recognised as excellent in the sectors in which we work.
Business Core Values
• Integrity and honesty
• Excellence in design and professionalism
• Enthusiasm and empathy
Purpose of Business
The purpose of the business is to grow and develop in order to become an excellent employer, delivering a high level of service to its clients and above industry average profits to its shareholders.
...THEY ALWAYS GO THE EXTRA MILE
“From concept to completion, they always go that extra mile for you.”
...GOOD LEVELS OF COMMUNICATION
“this was a complicated project with a sequence of phases where timely execution of each impacted on the next. Good levels of communication throughout meant that all these phases ran smoothly and to time. The finished design and quality of build is excellent.”
...INNOVATIVE, EMPATHETIC AND HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL
“Cowan Architects designed and managed the complete adaptation of my property for the benefit of my son, who suffers cerebal palsy. We wanted to create a safe environment that completely assists my son’s daily life and would continue to support his future needs. Throughout the process we worked together to achieve an outcome that is practical but homely. I found Cowan’s approach to be innovative, sympathetic and highly professional, I would happily recommend their services to others.”
...DESIGNED THE LIVING SPACES CLEVERLY AND WITH EMPATHY
We wanted to use architects that got the big picture and really cared about the needs of our residents. They’ve designed the living spaces cleverly and with empathy, incorporating the mix of buildings and grounds so that we can build on our strengths and provide services where there is a real community need.
...A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION AGAINST THE ODDS!
Sam and I are delighted that we have finally gained planning permission for our new house in Oxted. Thank you for all for all of your help in driving the matter through to a successful conclusion, against all the odds.
...THEIR FRIENDLY, HELPFUL TEAM
My wife and I approached Cowan Architects at the beginning of our two storey domestic extension project and throughout we have experienced a professional, friendly quality of service. Cowan Architect’s gave guidance during the initial design concept stage and understood our brief to help us realise our properties potential and achieving a design which was sympathetic to both its’ surroundings and our needs.
We are delighted with the outcome of our newly extended home which provides us with a delightful open-plan family kitchen/dining room. We thoroughly recommend the services of Cowan Architects and their friendly, helpful team should you intend to embark on a project to improve your home!
...THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF PROFESSIONALISM AND DEDICATION
I have dealt with Cowan Architects now for many years and have always felt that , whoever I was dealing with , they were giving my clients the highest level of professionalism and dedication. I always felt encouraged too by their creativity in facing challenging adaptions and listening to what my client and their families really wanted.”
...ON TIME AND IN FACT UNDER BUDGET!
“The refurbishment of the Out Patients Department building was always going to be a challenge in terms of the existing fabric and its location at the centre of an operational hospital. As it is usually the case with most hospital redevelopment projects, there are constraints on time and capital; however the design team lead by Cowan Architects came up with an excellent design and delivered an functional solution to our needs, on time and in fact under budget!”
...EXCELLENT CUSTOMER FOCUSED SERVICE!
Cowans Architects are absolutely marvellous - they designed and managed the build of our adaptions and extension to our house for my husband who has recently become disabled. We would highly recommend Cowans Architects - they provide excellent customer focused services.