Our Practice

The foundation of Noel Isherwood Architects dates from 1984 in London. The current form of practice was established in 2010 by Chartered Architect, urbanist and artist, Noel Isherwood RIBA. Based at the Environment Centre in Swansea since 2017, it is now also present in the Bath area.

Our focus is on three key design areas: architectureurbanism and visualisation.

We set out to guide you through the architectural, urban design and visualisation processes necessary to achieve regulatory approval (such as planning consent, listed building consent and building regulations approval) and offer advice on how to build in an environmentally responsible way, appropriate to your goals and aspirations.

We can also show how you can add value to your project, in the immediate, mid- or long term.

Our Team

We are a professional team, with UK-wide experience and have the administrative support needed for us to dedicate ourselves to serving our clients. We aim to ensure your projects will be in safe hands for their entire duration.

We provide you with the professional architectural services needed to bring your project safely to completion and to be enjoyed in use.

Our team is equipped to provide architecture, urbanism and visualisation services with the technical expertise needed to ensure that your project converts from an idea to reality with the best professional guidance.

Noel Isherwood RIBA - Principal

Living and working in Swansea, Noel has been a Chartered Architect since 1984. He studied Architecture at Canterbury School of Architecture and won the Third Year RIBA Student Prize. Following this he studied at the Architectural Association in London, including urbanism, where he received his AA Diploma.

Noel has worked on numerous architectural projects, particularly in the private residential, including historic buildings sector, but also in other sectors, and has contributed to urban design projects and studies in collaboration with specialist consultants. He has extensive experience in bringing together diverse stakeholder interests to produce realisable visions to create low carbon communities and sustainable buildings on brown field, green field and heritage sites and has led workshops with and for the Prince’s Foundation and others to assist in the delivery of Neighbourhood Plans with local communities across England. More recently he has partnered on a high street regeneration project in Swansea.

He has lectured extensively, internationally, on sustainable architectural and urban design and taught Urbanism at postgraduate level on a part time basis at the University of Cardiff and the University of South Wales.

He has also co-authored the “Strasbourg Report, Regaining the public realm,” available here: https://www.academia.edu/23526879/Strasbourg_Regaining_the_public_realm

He is also an artist, a proficient architectural and urban illustrator and watercolourist.

Judith Isherwood 


Our Approach

Enabling your ideas and vision to enter the design stage, then through to construction and completion is what Noel Isherwood Architects can help you with most.

Not only do we enjoy producing high quality architectural and/or urban design and the visualisation of it but also dealing with the intricacies of the technical issues and administrative procedures required for your project to reach successful completion.

Simply put, we strive to combine good architecture, urban design and visualisation with technical know-how and efficient project management.

Design Led

We explore several design options based on a strategic brief to establish an agreed design based on a developed brief with you. We are proficient at hand-drawing and in the use of  Vectorworks software. You have every opportunity to make your wishes known up to the point when a contractor has been appointed and construction is ready to start.

We do not impose our ideas on you. Instead we allow you the freedom to shape your ideas throughout the design process.

Management Focussed

For many, design and construction is perceived as a challenging, if not daunting process. This is why we inform on the management process of the construction journey and assist you in adopting a strategy that will maximise the expertise of the design and construction team. It is their job after all to collaboratively translate your vision into reality whilst lifting the burden of the project as much as we can from your shoulders.

We help you understand the process, appoint a design team, manage your project throughout its lifecycle, obtain competitive tenders, and administrate construction contracts, as necessary, to lead to a successfully completed project. 

Sustainability Driven

We will encourage you to think about how to apply sustainable principles to your project and to be aware of the architectural context and the sense of place that will be affected by your project. Approaching the project in this way with guarantee you a smooth ride with your project and on completion, an attractive, sustainable building design which will add value immediately and continue to add value over time

Our Projects And Services


As an experienced team of architects Noel Isherwood Architects dedicates itself to providing clients in need of a new, extended or refurbished building, with the professional architectural services they need to bring a project safely, sustainably and cost-effectively to completion, according to the current RIBA Plan of Work.

Our practice has wide experience in the residential / housing sector, but also in the arts and community, commercial, ecclesiastical and healthcare sectors and of working with historic (including Listed) buildings, including in conservation areas and of interior design. Our team also has experience in the education sector, and of working on projects in world heritage locations.

View our architecture projects.

Find out more about our (partial or full) architecture service.


Noel Isherwood Architects also has a team of experienced urban designers with the ability to take you through the steps necessary to regenerate or enhance a city quarter, neighbourhood, town centre, village, brownfield and/or to develop over a greenfield site.

These steps may include Masterplanning, Public Realm Design Guidance, Characterisation Studies, Urban and High Street Regeneration, Enquiry by Design and more.

View our urbanism projects.

Find out more about our urbanism service.


As an experienced team of architects Noel Isherwood Architects dedicates itself to providing clients in need of a new, extended or refurbished building, with the professional architectural services they need to bring a project safely, sustainably and cost-effectively to completion, according to the current RIBA Plan of Work.

We have wide experience in the residential sector, but also experience in the arts, community and charitable, commercial, ecclesiastical, education and healthcare sectors and of working with historic buildings, including listed buildings in conservation areas and world heritage locations.

View our visualisation projects.

Find out more about our visualisation service.

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