About Us

ADAM Urbanism’s approach to urban design and commercial housing is to improve the public realm by creating beautiful, distinctive and enduring places, rooted to the established character of the surrounding region, where people want to live, work and visit.

This approach makes good financial sense for landowners and developers: research has shown that traditional housing that reflects local character can improve commercial value by 5-10% on a like-for-like basis. Through its broad range of work, the practice has developed a unique blend of skills and experience, which we share with our clients and other consultants working collaboratively to develop practical, sensitive, intelligent and cost effective designs.

ADAM Urbanism was formed in 2010 as the sister branch to ADAM Architecture, to recognise the growing portfolio of contextual urban design work, at first with the Prince of Wales’s estate, the Duchy of Cornwall, and subsequently with a wide range of public and private landowners.

The practice is run by Robert Adam, Nigel Anderson, Robbie Kerr, Hugh Petter and George Saumarez Smith. Through their broad involvement in professional organisations, education, research and writing, the directors have pioneered objective coding in the UK and advanced the development of contextual urban design.

The Team

The team of around 70 staff across ADAM Urbanism and ADAM Architecture in our offices in Winchester and London are highly skilled and experienced architects, technologists, urban designers, an historical researcher, consultants, project managers and administrative support staff. The London office serves an increasing client base in the South East of England and has a strong team of architects and technologists, while also sharing the full team in the Winchester office when required. Located in Bloomsbury, this office is ideally positioned to serve our London clients as well as other projects for all directors.

Click here to meet the team on our ADAM Architecture website

Projects & Services

Our portfolio of projects covers a range of residential developments, masterplanning and new urban design ranging in size from a small collection of new houses, to small village extensions and to major new developments.

The additional services we can offer, either as part of our urban design and masterplanning or seperately are Design Code, Community Engagement and Historical Research

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We have won numerous awards for our urban design, masterplanning and housing development projects.

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The practices carries out ongoing research, and the directors have instigated several significant research projects, such as Kerb Appeal public attitudes to design for the Popular Housing Group; research into the sustainability of traditional architecture with Atelier 10; YouGov research into public attitudes to civic and office buildings and most recently Tomorrow's Home: Emerging Social Trends and their impact on the Built Environment, with Grainger plc and Space Works Consulting.

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Professional memberships

The Directors are active members and founders of many national and international housing and urban design organisations, including:

Academy of Urbanism
Council for European Urbanism

Design for Homes
International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU)
Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

They are also trustees of national interest groups and prominent in professional affairs.

ADAM Urbanism is the sister branch to ADAM Architecture, a leading UK practice specialising in classical and traditional architecture, and contextual urban design. The directors work together as experts in the field of Classical and Traditional architecture, advancing the acceptance of traditional design in the British architectural profession.

Read more on the ADAM Architecture website


ADAM Urbanism is always interested to hear from talented individuals who feel they would be an asset to the practice.

Current vacancies are listed on the Recruitment page or contact recruitment@adamarchitecture.com

Charity support

For 2018 we are proud to be supporting Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance