Put simply, we love making architecture, and aspire to deliver intelligent and beautiful design solutions with clarity and purpose, in every project, no matter the scale, where the clients aspirations come first. Years of big practice experience, brought to a small and progressive office, allows us to provide a complete design service with a creative but discerning outlook.

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What We Do


We are a friendly open-minded architectural practice with an experienced and energetic team undertaking projects throughout the UK. With a strong background of working across a range of project types, we specialise in London based residential new-builds, refurbishments and extensions of varying budgets.



Designing architecture that is rich in detail and comprehensive in its vision requires skills beyond the conventional role of the architect. We design interiors, installations and furniture solutions, and collaborate successfully with various makers, local crafts people and niche consultants. Built-in furniture, including kitchens, bathrooms and custom storage solutions, are an integral part of the services we offer.


John and Mike both undertake their own development projects and understand the careful balance required to create a fantastic project whilst maximising the value of their clients investment. Understanding the relationship between value and quality is central to the work we do and at the forefront of our thinking on every project we develop.

Who We Are

John and Mike have collaborated together since 2004 and share a passion for the quality of design and professionalism required to deliver high quality architecture.

Our collective experience spans small and large projects across a range of sectors including crafted individual homes,  high quality commercial work and award-winning public buildings.

We have previously worked with some of the UK’s most recognised cultural institutions such as the V&A museum, The Wallace Collection and The Design Museum.



John Proctor

Director & Architect
BA (Hons), DipArch, ARB, RIBA

John graduated from the University of Nottingham with Distinction and went on to work for award-winning UK practices including Hawkins\Brown, Patel Taylor and Softroom Architects. John worked primarily on cultural projects and was project leader to design and deliver the Sackler Centre for Arts Education at the V&A Museum, whilst at Softroom, which won an RIBA award in 2010.

John then moved abroad and worked for Arcop Architects in Nassau, Bahamas. He was the conceptual designer for all major office projects and responsible for delivering over $23 million of built work.

On returning to London in 2014 John started his own firm, Proctor & Co Architecture Ltd, specialising in residential architecture and design. The practice has steadily grown in stature and in 2018 John joined partnership with Mike Shaw. The firm remains focused on high-quality residential architecture, design and development. View on Linked In
Mike Shaw

Director & Architect
MA (Arch), BArch, ARB

Mike's experience prior to Proctor and Shaw includes working with award-winning practices Softroom Architects, AHMM and John Pawson. Mike has delivered a broad range of projects spanning residential, hospitality and retail work for brands such as Virgin Atlantic, Westfield and Wahaca, and RIBA competition-winning schemes including bridges, hotels and student residences. At AHMM he worked on high profile office projects for Google and Derwent, and most recently led the site delivery and contract administration of the award winning Design Museum at the former Commonwealth institute with John Pawson.

Mike has also worked internationally as an architect in China, Hong Kong, and Mexico City.

He studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh where he graduated with first class honours and a distinction, and was nominated for the 2001 RIBA Silver Medal. View on Linked In