Noel Isherwood


Architects Masterplanners Urban Designers
Continuing Care Multigeneration Co-Housing


Noel Isherwood Architects and Urban Designers specialise in housing and public buildings. This encompasses extensive experience of arts and heritage based regeneration projects, private residential, community, commercial and ecclesiastical building projects.

Senior housing communities, multigenerational co-housing and continuing care environments now form a significant part of the projects in the office. We have design and engagement tools to assist in creating attractive and engaging places, where people feel valued and become an integral part of a thriving community.

To service diverse and active communities, mixed uses are considered key. They include the incorporation of key focal points such as the ‘village hall’ or its equivalent, corner shops, pharmacies and other shared internal and external common space. So for example our MUST concept (Mixed Use Settlement Theory) is the principle developed and promoted in much of the work by the practice. This links in with our Masterplanning service which ensures that the places created have the feel of, and incorporate independent living, more reminiscent of an open village than of a closed institution
Expectations are not always met when people move into senior housing or assisted housing developments. Standard development can create frustration for residents and developers alike. We help bring a greater sense of wellbeing to those living and working in this kind of development.
We create active social life for seniors to live with dignity in beautiful, comfortable surroundings that create the highest quality of living affordably.
We do this by using our unique diagnostic process with our experienced design team. We identify your opportunities and then, subject to viability, move you forward to implementation with a clear route map. We work in a holistic manner with our design team consultants to create holistic and sustainable buildings and communities. Our buildings and the places we create are designed to compliment and integrate with the surrounding neighbourhood and the environment.
There are many daunting challenges in planning and development today. Our expert architectural and urban design team will provide you with the optimum route to a successful completion of the project. Together with our carefully selected design team consultants, you will have full confidence in the process even though you have never done this kind of project before.


Noel Isherwood is the Founder and Principal of the practice who leads an experienced team of Chartered Architects who are able to see your vision through to reality in the fields of architecture and urban design. We believe that there should be a seamless connection between urban design, the ‘masterplan’ and the architecture whatever the size of the assignment (from £20 million commercial developments to smaller projects led by communities and individuals, and from international and UK contracts to local South Wales ventures). We have developed a specialism in the field of senior and multi-generational housing and actively support the principle of community-led housing. Together the team is kept in shape by our Practice Co-ordinator.
The foundation of Noel Isherwood Architects dates from the late 1980‘s in London. The current form of practice was established in 2010 by Noel, urbanist and artist based at the Environment Centre in Swansea since 2017. Senior Living, Co-Housing and Multigenerational housing projects have become the key specialist area in which the practice now operates. The drive for more housing, but with significantly improved social or community value, is where Noel sees the future of large scale housing demand. Wellbeing and health concerns are more able to be addressed in these new ‘housing models, many of which..’ have been well tried and tested in other countries and have been proven to work extremely well. Noel is a founding member of Swansea Co-Housing group and understands the difficulties that many people have with the standard housing models. While such groups have been seen as very fringe in the past, recent experiences such as the Pandemic lockdowns have taught us that quality neighbourhoods, inclusivity and connectedness have become more desirable commodities, valued by young and old alike.
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 had extensive experience in bringing together diverse stakeholder interests to produce realisable visions to create low carbon communities. He led workshops with and for the Prince’s Foundation and others to assist in the delivery of Neighbourhood Plans with local communities across England. He was a Co-Founder of the first urban Community Land Trust at St Clements Bow and for a period was the Poundbury Representative of the Princes Foundation.

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Janet is PA for Noel Isherwood, helping to develop systems in the practice. She plays an important role in keeping the team in order. After more than 30 years as a Secretary or Personal Assistant working in a professional management institute, a worldwide Scripture publishing charity and a Bible Lands travel business – all at Director or Senior Leadership Team level – She gained first-hand experience of supporting executives daily facing the challenges of funding constraints, tensions between business and ministry and the difficulties of finding suitably qualified staff sympathetic to the organisation’s work and ethos. We are happy that she is able to draw on this wide experience and developed skills working at Noel Isherwood Architects.
‘Taida is instrumental in the smooth running of many of our projects, bringing years of experience to the centre of the residential and educational projects alike. She sticks with the project through the technical stages, maintaining a clear focus on the design while resolving issues that might divert.

Taida also plays and important role in the relationships between Noel and the client and the web of consultants, engineers and contractors involved in bringing the building to life’.

Taida is Senior Architect in the practice highly qualified and skilled in CAD and drawing information production and project management. She has worked for a number of boutique architectural practices in the UK with an emphasis on heritage and traditional building construction, but is equally at home with contemporary design solutions. She has a thorough understanding of the building process with the enthusiasm and competence needed to see designs and projects through to completion.
‘Rocio uses her combined urban planning and architectural skills to assist with the masterplanning work in the practice. She uses her technical skills to marshal layers of information including GPS,topographical surveys and other data into a co-ordinated and precise masterplan, in collaboration with other member of the planning and design teams’.

Rocio is an architect with masterplanning and heritage skills. She graduated with honors and was awarded with an extraordinary prize upon graduation from ETSAE (Spain). She is conversant with all the mainstream computer aided design programs and assists the team with her wide drawing experience and Architectural design skills. She has an interest in the regeneration of the heritage building stock in the context of wider urban analysis and city structuring.
Rhiannon is an architectural assistant, a recent graduate of Cardiff University School of Architecture. She took two years on her ‘year out’, to gain valuable experience at a firm of Architects in Truro, Cornwall. In her fifth year she looked into the redevelopment of the Civic Centre in Swansea. This was part of a unit which sought solutions that could save unloved post-war architecture from demolition, in light of the climate crisis and limited resources. Her project was featured in ‘The National’ newspaper, which led to her involvement with the Research & Development phase of ‘GALWAD 22’, a government funded project run by National Theatre Wales which celebrated the Future Generations Act.


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.

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.


A Drawing still tells a thousand words. In the age of computer generated imagery and CAD, a good drawing still holds its own.

Painting is a way of exploring the world visually and allows the artist to look beyond their normally respected, self imposed boundary’s.

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.

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