Concept Eight are an established design led architecture and interior design practice dedicated to the creation of imaginative residential buildings. We take a creative and tailor-made approach to all our projects resulting in a home as unique as your family.


Concept Eight Architects was formed in 2006 as an RIBA chartered practice. We cover the full spectrum of residential architecture, and focus only in this sector. Our projects are mainly located in London and the South East of England and our projects typically have a construction value of £250k and upwards. We do, however, take on smaller sized projects from time to time where clients are keen on a design led solution. We aim to only take on projects where we can add value to the process and that require a well-considered design focus or strategy.


Our studio environment ensures that designs are thoroughly critiqued and all possibilities are explored to ensure you get the optimal solution to your needs whilst balancing brief, site constraints and budget. Having completed many hundreds of projects, our processes are tried and tested to ensure you get the most out of our services which will result in a successful design. We believe in order to achieve quality architecture; design must be at the forefront of every stage of a project from concept to competition. Our dedicated and experienced team enjoy the challenge of creativity, individuality and technical detailing and love to see their designs come to life throughout construction.


Concept Eight Design offer a complete interior design solution, creating exquisite spaces. The studio is directed by the inspirational visions of Marie Coomber and Cassy Binneman, who bring a wealth of experience and pragmatic approach to space making. Established over 7 years ago to cater to clients wishing to focus on interiors, we source from a wide network of suppliers and artists, both internationally and locally. We are committed to working closely with clients to create bespoke uplifting spaces, unique to each individuals needs and aspirations. Our friendly interior designers work in an open plan studio, and are supported by Architects and technologists, ensuring a seamless process from concept to completion. Our ethos is to deliver beautiful spaces which enhance quality of life and that set the tone for creating wonderful memories enjoyed within a home.


We also offer a turnkey package where we look after and manage the complete process from inception to completion, selecting all other professionals, contractors and suppliers to deliver a completed home. This can often suit clients who are time poor and are keen to live in a tailor-made home. This package streamlines the communication and can speed up the overall process. Having accumulated a wealth of contacts in the industry with close to a decade and a half in the sector, we have built up strong relationships with all the necessary suppliers, contractors and professionals to ensure we bring the very best skills and products at a fair price to your project. Our approach to turnkey is slightly different to most in that we focus on ensuring the architecture and finishes are at the core of the process and we aim to deliver distinctive homes that truly reflect their owners rather than a standard developer stock house.


Our work has featured in national and international press, digital publications and recognised by several awards bodies.

Architecture -

We work to the RIBA 2013 stages for all architectural projects. Typically this is tailored to the project with our scope of service generally as follows -

Phase A - RIBA Stages 2 & 3 (feasibility and planning)

Phase B - RIBA Stage 4 (tender)

Phase C - RIBA Stage 5&6 (on site contracts administration)

Interior Design -
We work to the BIID stage of works, however the scope and input can be tailored to suit the needs and budgets of our clients.

Press

Houzz - International feature on Hersham Road

2019

Build It Magazine March 2019 - Feature on Abbotsford

2019

WWArchitecture - International publication featuring 30 residential architectural practices

2018

Self Build & Design June 2018 - Front Cover and Feature on Boyle Farm Road

2018

The Sunday Times July 16th 2017 - Feature on Oatlands Drive

2017

Ideal Home June 2016 - Feature on Woodville Gardens

2016

Living Etc April 2016 - Feature on Woodville Gardens

2016

Meet the team

CONCEPT EIGHT

Architects, Interior Designers and Technologists

Concept Eight Architects are a well-balanced team of highly skilled individuals. We approach all projects with a focus on design, balanced with well executed technical solutions. Our team is made up of architects, technologists and designers who all bring different skillsets to our projects.

Mufajel (Mufazzal) Chowdury

Director and founding partner

Having qualified as an architect in Manchester in 2000, Mufajel has worked at various architectural practices on a broad range of projects from schools, commercial offices, industrial buildings, master planning to large transport projects. Previous roles included being an associate at one of the UK's largest architectural firms and creating a new Residential sector at the firm which he was the sector leader on. He set up Concept Eight Architects in 2006 and has been specialising in residential architecture of all scales.

Barry Vos

Director

Barry has many years of experience in the industry, having worked both in the UK and abroad. His experience is varied and ranges from international commercial projects, large scale transport projects which require a through and detailed knowledge of specialist systems, design lead residential projects as well as sustainable schemes. Barry has been with Concept Eight for many years and has seen numerous projects through from initial sketches through to project management on site through to being completed.

Marie Coomber

Director, Interior Designer

Marie has experience in interior design within the Residential sector. Since graduating from the renowned KLC School of Design, she has worked on a number of residential projects of various scales and budgets. Her role includes designing and product sourcing a number of Central, South West London and Surrey based high end and mid spec residential developments for end user and developer clients. The scale of projects vary from apartments, full renovations and new build homes.

Lousia O' Rourke

Director

A highly motivated senior architect with a demonstrated knowledge of planning process, detailed design and project delivery. Louisa studed at Oxford Brooks University where she achieved a distinction. She qualified at Westminster University also with a distinction in 2013. Since qualifiying she has worked on large scale commercial projects in the City, multi unit residential units and one off residences. After taking a short career break, she has joined us as a team leader looking after a variety of projects, with an extensive experience of projects once on site.

Chris Cowap

Associate

Chris has been at Concept Eight for many years in which he has undertaken numerous projects on site, where his knowledge of technical solutions has been deployed extensively. His experience in the industry has made him a key member of the studio, with a strong background in problem solving and extensive knowledge of construction methods. Chris has overseen numerous projects on all stages including successful delivery of projects on site.

Emma Macey Brown

Associate

Emma has an international background and studied her bachelors of architecture at the University of Nottingham and the diploma at the University of Westminster. She is a is a RIBA chartered architect, and has worked for 2 well regarded London design led practices prior to joining Concept Eight in 2015, She specialises in a pragmatic and imaginative approach to design led architectural solutions.

Ray Coultous

Senior Architect

Ray has many years of experience in Architecture, and brings all his years of expertise to our team. Having qualified as an architect in 1982, he has worked for various firms ranging from small niche practices to one of the UK's largest practices on large international projects. His has experience in all architectutal sectors, from commercial projects, education, healthcare, transport as well as residential projects. Ray has a good knowledge of architectural contracts as well as health and safety.

Shane Heaps

Senior Architect

Having completed his masters degree in Architecture at De Montfort University, Shane is an RIBA chartered architect. Since joining us, he has been involved in a variety of projects and his role has ranged from supporting the project leader, to developing initial concept designs of his own, producing full tender packages through to assisting projects once on site. He has a keen eye for design, and brings this to his projects.

Megan Hill

Project Architect

Megan is a RIBA chartered architect, after having graduated with a master’s degree from Cardiff University and her professional diploma at Greenwich University. Previously Megan has worked for a small design focussed practice in the South West of England, during her year in industry on a range of projects. Megan has a keen eye for detail as well as experience on contract administration on projects on site, having undertaken a few to completion at the studio.

Cassy Bennieman

Interior Designer

Cassy is an internationally experienced Interior Designer. She studied a BA Diploma in Interior Design in Durban, South Africa. She has worked for various award winning Interior Design studios in South Africa specializing in residential projects. She relocated to London and joined our studio in 2018 and has continued to offer the same attention to detail for bespoke interior solutions. Her work has featured in industry publications and a one off piece has been fabricated for retail sales.

Anish Patel

RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Anish is an experienced RIBA Part II architectural assistant. After having graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Kent, Anish has worked at a residential focussed architectural studio before joining Concept Eight. Anish is currently undertaking his RIBA part III qualification at Kingston University.

Oscar Wilson

RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Oscar is an award winning design minded training architect. He studied his B.A Honours in Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture, where he won the South East Student prize. He has since completed his Master of Architecture at the University of Westminster where he obtained a distinction. Oscar plans to undertake his RIBA Part III qualifications in the forthcoming year which the firm will sponsor.

Ryan Holcombe

Architectural Technologist

Ryan undertook 2 degrees at UCA Farnham in Art and Design and Interior Architecture. Since he has graduated, he has worked as an architectural technologist at PWJ Architects working primarily on residential projects. Ryan joined Concept 8 to get further exposure to more design focussed projects. He is currently working towards becoming a chartered technologist.

Laura Snape

RIBA Part 1 Architectural Assistant

Laura is an Architectural Assistant with a passion for design. She studied her BSc in architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture where she obtained a 2:1. Alongside architecture her other passion is art, and she practices painting with different mediums. Since graduating she has worked for a small international architectural studio working in the UK and Spain, as well as a surveying firm.