About Us

Our Practice

Carden & Godfrey Architects was established in 1946, with projects centred on post-war reconstruction, and we continue to specialise in all aspects of conservation and historic building work, including sensitive alterations and extensions in traditional and contemporary design and new buildings including on historically sensitive sites. We are passionate about good design, high quality detailing and finding sustainable, bespoke solutions to keeping existing and historic buildings in good repair and use.

We are based in Central London and work primarily in London and the Home Counties as well as in Beverley.

We are a RIBA Chartered Practice and several members of our team are Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC).

In all our projects we try to nurture a studio-based approach to sharing work and discussing new designs in an open forum. This is a valuable way of exchanging and developing ideas and experience and sharpens our focus on good architecture and building conservation as products of well-informed design and co-operation across the board.

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Our Team

Ian Angus

Director

Dip Arch RIBA AABC

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Andy Burrell

Director

BSc (Hons) BArch (Wales) RIBA AABC

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Richard Andrews

Consultant

MA Dip Arch FSA RIBA

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Olga Vladić-Weal

Associate

BArch PG Dip RIBA

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John Caselton

Architect

BArch (Hons) BA (Hons)

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James Campen

Architect

BA (Hons) Dip Arch

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Michael Swords

Architect

MSc BArch PGDip PgC ARB RIBA

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Donna Thompson

Office Manager

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Ian Angus

Director

Dip Arch RIBA AABC

Joining Carden & Godfrey in 1983, Ian’s work has balanced new architecture in the design of extensions and alterations on sensitive historic sites, with the practise of building conservation rooted in the conservative repair philosophy of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Clients include the National Trust (Ham House, Osterley Park, Hughenden and Bradenham Manors), English Heritage (Kenwood House), Historic Royal Palaces (HM Tower of London, Whitehall Banqueting House), Leeds Castle, Worcester College, Oxford and the Churches Conservation Trust, for which Ian is personally appointed to nine churches in Berkshire and Oxfordshire, in addition to the care of over fifty churches in use throughout five southern dioceses.

Ian’s architectural training at Thames Polytechnic was followed in 1981 by a Lethaby Scholarship with the SPAB, learning at first hand the design and practise of respectful craftsmanship and repair.

Andy Burrell

Director

BSc (Hons) BArch (Wales) RIBA AABC

Andy joined Carden & Godfrey in 1996 and has been involved in inspections, design and running numerous projects involving conservation, repairs, alterations and extensions to listed and historic buildings ever since. Andy has extensive experience of public sector work including managing Framework Agreements with the Parliamentary Estates Directorate, for English Heritage including at Dover Castle and Osborne House, for Historic Royal Palaces at the Tower of London and Kensington Palace and for the City of London. Private sector work includes numerous church projects and community buildings. Andy studied at the University of Wales in Cardiff, qualified as an architect in 1997, became a director of Carden & Godfrey in 2011 and is an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation.

Richard Andrews

Consultant

MA Dip Arch FSA RIBA

Richard has over 40 years of experience as an Architect with Carden & Godfrey working on historic churches, schools, former stately homes and other buildings. He is appointed Architect to around 35 churches, mostly along the Sussex coast and his work is now mainly focused on the care of, repair, conservation and occasional reordering of these important buildings. His interest in archaeology has been combined with architecture in the repairs and conservation of ruins at Lewes Priory as well as in Albania and Turkey. Richard graduated from Cambridge University School of Architecture in 1975 and joined Carden & Godfrey in 1976, becoming a Director in 1984.

Olga Vladić-Weal

Associate

BArch PG Dip RIBA

Olga joined Carden & Godfrey in 2004 and specialises in contemporary interventions within sensitive, historic environments. Olga’s work ranges from careful repairs and refurbishments to significant alterations, and new additions to historic buildings. She is passionate about fully understanding each building, the history and the impact an intervention would have on the overall appearance, historic fabric and surroundings of the buildings she is entrusted to work with.

John Caselton

Architect

BArch (Hons) BA (Hons)

John joined Carden & Godfrey in 2007 and approaches designs to strive and not yield until they are as valuable as the work of the craftsmen who have gone before us. John’s interests in historic buildings lies in how these buildings learn; how they seek to adapt and change over time.

James Campen

Architect

BA (Hons) Dip Arch

James studied at the University of Portsmouth and The Bartlett, qualifying as an architect in 2011. He joined Carden & Godfrey in 2009 and has worked on numerous conservation and new build projects across London and the south east.

Michael Swords

Architect

MSc BArch PGDip PgC ARB RIBA

Michael Joined Carden & Godfrey in 2019. After completing BArch degree at Dublin school of Architecture in 2014, he moved to Barcelona to pursue his interest in traditional Craft, Conservation and restoration techniques.

In Barcelona Michael undertook additional post-graduate training, including a MSc in the “Restoration of Architectural monuments” at the ETSAB,UPC, and a PgC “Rehabilitar desde la estructura” at the Escola Sert, COAC. He also worked on several renovation and restoration projects while there, before returning to London.

Michael enjoys writing about Architecture, and twice won the “Berkeley travel fellowship” for his writings.

Donna Thompson

Office Manager

Donna jointed the office in 2021, and is responsible for the management of the office, finance, HR and that everything runs smoothly for the team and Clients. Donna has been involved in various high profile projects within the construction sector and is undertaking office and financial management at Carden & Godfrey.