News & Updates - Designfarm Architects

Designfarm Architects launch new creative project


Calling artists, writers, creatives… lets join forces

We’ve launched a new creative venture we’ve titled “Creative Neighbourhood”. Here, we’re inviting one and all to join us on an exploratory journey that opens up debate and discussion concerning the founding principles of townscape, and its relevance or insignificance as we move forward beyond 2020.

Lets use this as a new renaissance, to create a Festival of Ideas for Stroud. If you are keen to be involved, please get in touch! You can check out our first creative experiment here on our blog page at

If you are interested in joining the Creative Neighbourhood to help sculpt this ‘Festival of Ideas’ or would like to know more, we’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch by mailing us (Dan & Dominique Farmer) at

Planning Consent: Grade II listed home

We just received planning and listed building consent for alterations to a Grade II listed home in the Cotswolds. We’ve enjoyed working with our clients to maximise the internal layout, transforming the dark and impractical rooms into a light filled, social space with connections to the landscape.

Designfarm Architects shortlisted for AJ Architecture Awards

We’re thrilled to have been shortlisted for the AJ Architecture Awards (Project of the Year under £250k) with our Merrivale project.

For more details of the project click here

Merrivale project photos

Visit our Merrivale project page to see more photographs of the finished scheme.

Architects Declare

Designfarm Architects have signed an open letter declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency, making a commitment to positive action in response and inviting all UK architectural practices to add their names. To view the letter and sign up, please go to

Teaching at University of West England

We’re excited to announce that Dan Farmer is joining the team to teach the undergraduate degree course in Architecture, at the University of West England. Having been a visiting lecturer for many years, this is an exciting step to stay connected with emerging talents and share our passion for good architecture!

02.09.18 Fourways is completed

Fourways comprises a complete renovation of a 1970s house that provides flexible living spaces, while acknowledging the local venacular within the Cotswolds. Click here to read more about the scheme and see photographs of the completed project

How we work: Services and example fees

We are all too aware that the process of engaging an architect can be a daunting one, and one, in all likelihood, linked to the single largest purchase a client will make. When opening our architectural practice in Stroud, we wanted to ensure that we make that process as transparent, and therefore as accessible, as possible. We have therefore produced a visual guide to help our clients understand the process,  that describes each stage of the process, and what services we can offer to assist. The diagram illustrates a project that involves ‘full’ architectural services, to allow for the clearest picture on the work and our potential fees involved. While this is the traditional role of the architect, we have clients that use our services to less or more degrees depending on the scheme, the complexity of the project and their experience. While these fees are for guidance only, based on a typical example project we hope they offer some reassurance as to how we may be able to assist you.

If you are looking for architects based in Gloucestershire, or architects available in any of the surrounding counties, please do get in touch – we would love to hear about your project.

Designfarm Architects: Ibstock Lecture Series

We would like to thank the University of West England for inviting us to contribute to their Ibstock Lecture Series. Dan Farmer presented to the Architecture students and staff, his thoughts on using film as a time based medium to explore alternative methods of representing architectural concepts.

Additionally, this year Dan will be working with a group of UWE MArch students to develop their own architectural proposals using film and animation.

Dan’s work has been featured in a number of publications and he lectures on the subject of architectural representation. To find out more about the architectural research and lecturing carried out by Designfarm Architects, click here.

Community Collaboration

Designfarm Architects have enjoyed working with The Ardargh Community Trust, Hands On Bristol and Coombs Jones  to repurpose part of an existing pavilion to create a new, fully accessible cafe and lightweight hub space which will be available for use by the local community year-round.

The site is situated on Horfield Common, in North Bristol and is a focal point in the surrounding residential area. It is a distinct project which forms part of a long-term programme of work to transform the ex-local authority facility to better meet the needs of the local community now and into the future.

If you’re interested in working with Designfarm Architects, Bristol Architects, please get in touch by clicking here.


Designfarm welcomes…

Designfarm Architects are pleased to welcome Nick Paley to the practice who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience regarding 3D modelling and visualisation.

Nick is currently finishing his Masters in architecture at the University of West England. Prior to this he spent two years working in Melbourne for a firm specialising in bespoke, intricate architecture. This experience has shaped Nick’s interest in detailed computer driven design considering all aspects of a project, from furniture details to masterplanning exercises. More recently, Nick has developed an interest in heritage projects and the modern interpretation of these using 21st century technologies.

Outside of architecture, nick lives for surfing, running and brewing beer.

Fourways Planning Approval

We are pleased to announce that planning permission has been granted for the complete renovation and extension of an 1970’s house on the outskirts of Sherston.

As architects in Stroud, we worked closely with the planning officers in North Wiltshire with the aim of improving the existing houses’ internal arrangement and aesthetics, while acknowledging the local vernacular within the Cotswolds as well as the rural context on the edge of the settlement.

To read more about the Fourways project please click here

If you’re interested in finding out more about us and require Gloucestershire Architects please get in touch



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We are hiring

We’re looking for talented individuals who would be interested in joining our Designfarm family and contributing in developing an expanding practice.

If you would like to be considered please submit your CV and samples of your work to:

Our project portfolio is growing

We are spreading our wings with projects in four counties

Designfarm has arrived

Our new cards are here and ready to go!

As Stroud Architects, if you are interested in hearing more about our new practice we’d love to hear from you.

Langley Vale

Designfarm have been busy preparing a bid for a new visitors centre for the Woodland Trust.

Go to our project page to find out more…