We are a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. We work with our clients and commissioners to create beauty and enduring value from complex situations, for new and existing buildings, through to larger-scale urban strategies.

Education / Innovation

Creative Exchange — St. Neots
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5th Studio's design approach allies conceptual clarity with practical 'making' skills – and is underpinned by a series of principles which inform the way we design and deliver projects.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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5th Studio are able to think, design and organise at a strategic scale - operating across infrastructure, engineering, conservation, ecology and planning. Our work at this extra-large scale - across projects which range from the re-thinking postindustrial landscapes to the strategic planning of future change within historic cities - aims to create strong places by combining visceral and analytical responses to their particular topographies.

5th Studio has recrowned the tired George V pavilion with an overhaul and extension to accommodate the whole neighbourhood.

Ellis Woodman, Building Design

Public / Community

George V Pavilion — Trumpington, Cambridge
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Our work is anchored by the experience of working and thinking across this spectrum of scales, disciplines and projects: we are skilled at thinking strategically, whilst also maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.


Tom Holbrook’s book - Designing from the Room to the City: Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice, has been published by Routledge. The book emerged from Tom’s PhD at RMIT University, supported by an EU Adapt-r fellowship.

A launch event and talk with Dr Tom Holbrook, Prof. Kester Rattenbury and Prof. Leon van Schaik, will be taking place at Ambika P3 - Westminster University. The launch is part of a series of events to conclude this EU Adapt-r funding programme, and there will be an opportunity to preview an exhibition of the creative practitioners who have been part of this process.

Registration for the event is free and should be made on Eventbrite.

Thursday 24 November 18.30-20.30

Ambika P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS

Credits: Photograph by Claus Peder Pedersen

Oliver Smith will be presenting 5th Studio’s New Court project at a 2-day workshop as part of the Venice Biennale Architettura 2016.

Sponsored by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for the UK and Valorizzazioni Culturali, the exhibition and workshop brings together international experts from different sectors across Europe to focus on ‘best practices’.

The project will be displayed at the ground floor exhibition in the 17th century building on the 29th and 30th October in the Palazzo Flangini in Venice, with a conference/workshop from 2pm on the Saturday.

- Workshop (29th October) and exhibition (29th – 30th October)


5th Studio’s Creative Exchange for St Neots in Cambridgeshire is a wonderful example of why it’s a good idea to hire a decent architect. The ingenuity of Tom Holbrook and his team at 5th Studio allowed the Creative Exchange to fulfil its potential on several levels - socially, politically, urbanistically, architecturally

Professor Peter Carl, Architects’ Journal


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