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 Southern England and our projects typically have a construction value of upwards of £500k. 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 vision of Marie Coomber, who brings 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.
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.
Cover issue of Build It Magazine March 2021 with a feature on Period Residence
Good Homes March 2021 - 6 Page Feature on Glass Gables House
Self Build and Design Magazine Feb 2021 - 7 Page Feature on Glass Gables House
Self Build and Design Magazine April 2020 - Double Feature on Elsam House and Concept Eight
25 Beautiful Homes Magazine March 2020 - Feature on Period Residence
Self Build and Design Magazine January 2020 - Feature on Period Residence
Build It Magazine October 2019 - Feature on Daylsford House
Houzz - International feature on Period Property
Build It Magazine March 2019 - Feature on Abbotsford
Houzz - International feature on Hersham Road
WWArchitecture - International publication featuring 30 residential architectural practices
Self Build & Design June 2018 - Front Cover and Feature on Boyle Farm Road
The Sunday Times July 16th 2017 - Feature on Oatlands Drive
Ideal Home June 2016 - Feature on Woodville Gardens
Living Etc April 2016 - Feature on Woodville Gardens
Meet the team
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) Chowdhury
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 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.
Director, Interior Designer
Marie has experience in interior design within the Residential sector spanning over 10 years. 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
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.
Emma Macey Brown
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, having obtained her professional qualifications at Concept 8. She 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. Emma is a member of the AECB and is currently undertaking the Certified Passivhaus Designer course which will help her deliver green design solutions.
Having completed his masters degree in Architecture at De Montfort University, Shane is an RIBA chartered architect, having obtained his chartership at Concept 8. 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.
With over 16 year's experience as a qualified architect Tim has held senior management positions in practices such as Foster & Partners and Design Engine as well as running his own small practice along the way. Whilst he has a broad range of project management skills, the single part of architecture that has always brought him the most joy has been the process of drawing and designing. His track record demonstrates his enjoyment of the design process and communicating ideas visually. These skills are where his heart and talent lies, and he has always relished working with teams and clients to draw through problems and create excellent design solutions.
After graduating with a master’s degree from the University of Kent and professional diploma from Kingston University, Anish is a RIBA chartered architect, having obtained his qualifications at Concept 8 in 2019. He has previously worked at a medium sized residential focused architectural practice where he has gained a broad range of experience working on a range of projects, in both lead and supporting roles. A strong designer, the residential sector is where Anish really enjoys exploring and designing and has therefore developed a skillset to work on a variety of projects within the residential sector of architecture throughout all RIBA stages.
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 has successfully completed his RIBA Part III professional qualifications at C8 to become a chartered architect. At Concept Eight, Oscar has undertaken various design led projects as assistant as well as project leader from inception through to completion.
Ross is currently registered as a Professional Architect in South Africa. Having graduated with a Master's Degree in 2014 from Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, he went on to practice as a project architect in Cape Town, where he gained valuable experience in the high-end residential sector while working on some of the finest homes in the country. Ross has successfully delivered a number of residential projects from inception to completion and has a well balanced set of skills, covering all the stages of an architectural service.
In a career spanning 30 years, Paul has worked on projects ranging from Infrastructure, commercial and educational projects, before spending the past decade on both developer housing and client bespoke housing in the Home Counties. Most notable projects include the Jubilee Line Extension, Larnaca Airport , and a military project on the Falklands. Paul likes to focus on the technical aspect of Architecture, and details leading to practical and aesthetic solution. Paul leads the technical team at Concept Eight and is responsible for the technical packages on our larger projects.
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 focused projects. He is currently working towards becoming a chartered technologist and will become a member of CIAT from spring 2020.
RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant
Laura is an Architectural Assistant with a passion for design. She studied her BSc in architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture and undertook her P1 experience with Concept 8 before successfully completing her masters at the University of Westminster. Alongside architecture her other passion is art, and she practices painting with different mediums.
RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant
An experienced architectural assistant, prior to joining Concept 8 Abi has worked for a number of years at prestigious design led architectural studios inc Spratley Studios, Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt and CSK Architects. She undertook her degree at Portsmouth University before completing her education with a Masters at Oxford Brooks University. She took some time off architecture to pursue her other passion music, when she enjoyed a number of years successfully performing as a saxophonist to both UK audiences as well as as a number of successful International tours. She still enjoys music, but has returned to her architectural career, with a passion for residential architecture.
RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant
Tamara gained her MArch in 2020 from The Manchester School of Architecture and BA from The Leeds School of Architecture. During her studies, she is proud to have achieved awards and recognition for her work including an International Competition Honourable Mention and School- Wide Highest Achiever and Academic Excellence Prize in the dissertation. Prior to joining Concept Eight, she gained experience working in small design focussed practices in the residential sector where she worked on local projects, often in complex locations. Tamara is interested in tailoring designs to their context and client, whilst paying attention to detail and thoughtfulness of material choices for her projects.
RIBA Part 1 Architectural Assistant
Josie is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant, having recently graduated with a first class BArch Hons Degree from the University of Nottingham. Josie is particularly interested in a creative environmental approach to design and loves to explore this through sketching and model making. In her spare time, Josie enjoys photography and art which she likes to combine with her architectural skill to create expressive rendered drawings.