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Design Engine Architects

Design Engine Architects

Location Winchester - Hampshire


We enjoy working in all sectors and at all scales, offering the full range of architectural services on projects spanning one-off private homes and large-scale residential developments, commercial and mixed-use schemes, offices and workspaces, public realm and cultural buildings, schools and higher education institutions.

Design Engine always strives to exceed client expectations by delivering buildings which are both functional and graceful. We are thrilled that much of our work comes from repeat commissions; we are equally thrilled that many of our projects have garnered media coverage and been recognised with prestigious awards.

Our ‘signature’ is less evident to us than those who look in from the outside, and who often comment on it. We have always concerned ourselves less with a stylistic consistency in our output than the rigorous research, analysis and conceptual thought that underpins all our projects. This can only come through a thorough understanding of site, brief, client aspiration, budget and programme; generically speaking, the ‘context’. We are very good listeners.


2014 RIBA National Award & Stirling Prize Midlist (John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University) 2014 RIBA South Architect of the Year 2014 RIBA South Building of the Year (John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University) 2014 RIBA Regional Award (John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University) 2014 RIBA Sustainability Award (John Henry Brookes Building at Oxford Brookes University) 2014 RIBA Regional Award (Radley College Clocktower Court) 2014 Civic Trust Award (St Alphege Building, University of Winchester) 2014 Civic Trust Award (Les Beaucamps High School, Guernsey) 2014 Civic Trust Award (Radley College, Clocktower Court) 2013 RIBA Regional Award (Les Beaucamps High School, Guernsey) 2013 RIBA Regional Award (St.Alphage Building, University of Winchester) 2011 British Construction Industry Award (Redhayes Bridge, Exeter) 2011 Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Award (Redhayes Bridge, Exeter) 2010 Landscape Institute Award for Heritage & Conservation- Highly Commended (Hill Close Gardens Visitor Centre, Warwick) 2009 Design Quality Award Listed Building (Buro Happold Offices, Bath) 2008 RIBA International Award (British Embassy, Yemen) 2008 The Emirates Glass Leaf Award: Best Environmentally Sustainable Building of the Year (British Embassy, Yemen) 2008 RIBA Award (University Centre, University of Winchester) 2007 RIBA Award (Roseville Housing, Guernsey) 2007 Civic Trust (Special) Award (Roseville Housing, Guernsey) 2006 Force Award for Low Energy Buildings (Hill Close Gardens Visitor Centre, Warwick) 2005 Building Services Awards- Winner of Best Office Project (Gifford HQ, Southampton) 2005 Institution of Structural Engineers- David Alsop Award (Gifford HQ, Southampton) 2001 RIBA Award (Hatherley Studio, Winchester) 2001 Stephen Lawrence prize (Hatherley Studio, Winchester)

Project sectors

  • One-off Homes
  • Office Base Build
  • Office Fit-out
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Community Centres
  • Housing Scheme (20+)
  • Urban Design

Specialist skills

  • Sustainable Design

Services offered


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Design Engine Architects

Hubert Perrodo Building, St Peter's College, University of Oxford

An RIBA Award-winning building which completes the re-imagining of an Oxford university college quad.

Design Engine Architects

Abercrombie Building, Oxford Brookes University

Refurbishment and new extension of the Abercrombie Building, providing a new home for the School of Architecture

Design Engine Architects

Roseville Housing, Guernsey

Award-winning housing scheme arranged on existing contours

Design Engine Architects

St.Alphege Building, University of Winchester

Award-winning teaching & learning building at University of Winchester

Design Engine Architects

Student Services Building, Arts University Bournemouth

A suite of new buildings providing improved and expanded facilities for the Arts University Bournemouth Student Services, Student Union, and Facilities Management departments.

Design Engine Architects

University of Winchester Chapel

In 2015 the practice was commissioned to oversee a complete restoration of the internal and external fabric of the University of Winchester?s Victorian Chapel to be one of the most visible expressions of the celebrations to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the educational establishment. In addition, the University asked for an extension to the chapel, to include a small side chapel and a social and meeting space. The brief was to create a very special project, to sit as a small ?jewel? in the heart of the campus

Design Engine Architects

British Embassy, Sana'a, Yemen

New British Embassy in sensitive middle-east location.

Design Engine Architects

Buro Happold offices, Bath

Sensitive and imaginative workspace refurbishment of Grade 2 listed landmark mill building.

Design Engine Architects

Clocktower Court, Radley College

Creation of a new social learning & civic space at the heart of the Radley College campus.

Design Engine Architects

Hatherley Studio

Award-winning studio house designed to accommodate an alternative lifestyle

Design Engine Architects

John Henry Brookes Building

Award-winning redevelopment of the Headington campus at Oxford Brookes University

Design Engine Architects

Photography Building, Arts University Bournemouth

Refurbishment and extension to the Arts University Bournemouth Photography Building

Design Engine Architects

Ramboll HQ Building

Low-energy workplace project for international structural engineers