Yard Architects

Yard Architects


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Simon Graham
BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Simon founded YARD Architects with Jon in 2014, having gained extensive experience leading award winning residential developments at previous practices across London. After graduating from The University of Nottingham and Westminster, Simon became a Partner at a practice in Clerkenwell before working for Pitman Tozer and Orbit Architects, working on a diverse range of projects from large developments for Peabody, student housing and office schemes.

Simon led the teams on our Timber Frame Two and The Stacked Tile Extension projects, and is currently completing extensive private house refurbishment and extension projects in Hackney and Dalston. He is also leading a 9 unit residential new-build scheme on a difficult site in Crystal Palace and new-build house and multi-unit development in Wimbledon.

Simon is a mid-century modern architecture buff, and is painstakingly renovating his classic 1960’s townhouse one detail at a time. Other passions include Nordic Noir and similarly gloomy/atmospheric travel destinations, from Iceland to The Isle of Skye.

Jonathan Duffett
BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Jon founded YARD Architects with Simon in 2014, after working together at a successful design-led residential practice in Clerkenwell. He graduated from the University of Nottingham and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, before starting his career leading projects ranging from small scale private residential work through to new-build housing developments and larger multi-unit residential schemes.

He led the teams on our Bevel Extension and Lined Extension projects; and is currently working on a private house in Newington Green and running a 14-unit refurbishment and extension scheme to a pair of Victorian Villas on site in Crystal Palace. He also leads much of the practices small-scale residential work in South-West London.

Jon has a young family and is a fair-weather cyclist. His Andy Goldsworthy inspired tree sculpture from Art A-Level still takes pride of place in his garden, and when he retires, he dreams of making another one.

Practice Ideology

YARD Architects is an award-winning creative design practice.

We are passionately client focused, specialising in design-led residential architecture from inspirational house extensions to highly successful multi-unit developments. We work closely with our clients to deliver exceptional contextually driven work, tailored to the needs and aspirations of the people who commission us.

As a RIBA chartered practice, we offer a tailored service through all work stages from briefing and concept design through to handing over the keys at completion. One of our directors leads every project in the office, working collaboratively with the client and project team to successfully deliver each scheme. Our ethos is to create intelligent and practical spaces with an emphasis on craftsmanship, quality of light and a sense of timelessness, and we aim to make the journey of creating a piece of architecture an enjoyable one.

Our design process starts by interrogating the brief and establishing from the outset exactly what it is our clients are looking for. We then work through an in-depth exploration of design possibilities, utilising model-making, drawings, and visualisations to develop the scope and design, before producing detailed technical packages and specifications for pricing and construction. We can oversee and manage our schemes on site to help the client successfully manage the quality, cost and timescale of their project through to completion.

YARD Architects have completed over 100 projects since forming in 2014, prior to which our directors developed extensive expertise in designing and delivering homes for families, individuals and developers. We are adept at managing relationships across the project team, and have developed a network of consultants and contractors who we work with regularly to assist in completing each project as smoothly as possible.

Operating across London and the south-east from our studio next to Borough Market, we are an ambitious and driven team, striving to ensure that each project is as enjoyable and successful as the last. Since our formation we are fortunate to have been featured in numerous publications and won awards for our work, success which has been fostered by building trusting and collaborative relationships with our clients, who enable our projects to happen.

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