Profile

Sandy Rendel Architects is an award-winning practice founded in 2010 with a reputation for delivering well-crafted architecture and inventive design. We offer a full range of architecture, interior and urban design services and have experience with a wide range of project types, clients and procurement methods.

Our work addresses the unique physical, environmental and cultural contexts of each project to deliver long-term value and enduring meaning. We bring experience rather than preconceptions to each project to produce thoughtful, sensitive and original designs. We believe in the importance of close collaboration with clients, users, contractors and consultants to ensure that each design is a unique and appropriate response.

We are committed to a sustainable approach to architecture by ensuring our work has the minimum environmental impact, through its construction and ongoing energy use, and the maximum life, through its durability and tolerance to change.

Sandy Rendel Architects was named riba South East Emerging Practice of the Year in 2017.

Process

Our work is informed by an enjoyment of both the craftsmanship of traditional construction methods and the opportunities of modern technologies and materials. We seek to design buildings that are both rooted in their context and forward thinking – dovetailing sustainability and design to enhance the lives of their occupants and contribute positively to the wider environment.

Our interest in the craft of construction has been cultivated through extensive hands-on experience on self-build projects with a wide range of construction methods and materials. These projects continue to offer a field for experimentation and research and develop our ingenuity as designers.

We believe that design is a collaborative process and enjoy working closely with clients to understand and respond to their needs. We have an established network of consultants and contractors with whom we have a record of working successfully in developing appropriate, efficient and well-made responses. We are experienced at working within complex Planning and Heritage contexts and in delivering projects on site. If you are interested in working with us, please contact us.

People

Sandy Rendel
Director, ma (Hons) Dip Arch (Cantab) arb riba

Sandy Rendel studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and, following graduating in 1998, worked for a number of leading architectural practices in London. He was an Associate at Tony Fretton Architects and James Gorst Architects and was responsible for a number of award winning projects in both the uk and Europe.

He has been a visiting tutor in the Diploma course at London Metropolitan University and an external design critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge. He has also lectured on construction at the University of Cambridge.

Leonardo Remuzzi
Associate, ma arb

Leo holds a Master in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano. After working for architects in Italy and Portugal, Leo joined Sandy Rendel Architects in 2017. Since joining SRA he has been responsible for a number of projects including a new build house in Sussex, a wholesale renovation in South London and the Tower at Sussex Prairies.

 

Past and Present Team

Zoe Berman, Tom Booen, Joe Chilvers, Rupert Crossley, Zahra Haider, Adreisse Lawrence, Chris Raven, Leonardo Remuzzi, Sally Rendel, Sandy Rendel, Florencia Rodriguez Aranda, Sophie Roycroft, Katrin Wahdat, Oliver Webber

Awards

2022

riba South East Awards, Winner Morlands Farm Dutch Barn and Viewing Tower

 

riba South East Awards, Winner – Small Project of the Year

 

riba South East Awards, Winner – Client of the Year

 

Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, Winner – Small Scale Residential Award: Morlands Farm Dutch Barn and Viewing Tower

 

riba Grand Designs House of the Year, ShortlistMorlands Farm Dutch Barn and Viewing Tower

   

2021

riba Grand Designs House of the Year, ShortlistThe Slot House

 

riba London Awards, ShortlistThe Slot House

   

2020

Architects' Journal Small Projects Award, ShortlistThe Slot House

 

riba Regional Awards, Shortlist – The Slot House

 

British Homes Awards, Small Development of the Year, Finalist - Bellenden

   

2019

South Downs National Park Design Award, WinnerSouth Street

 

Peckham Architecture Award, Shortlist – The Slot House

   
2017

riba National Awards, Winner – South Street

 

riba Grand Designs House of the Year, Longlist – South Street

 

riba South East Awards, Winner – Emerging Practice of the Year

 

riba South East Awards, Winner – South Street

 

Surface Design Awards, Finalist – South Street

   
2016

Sunday Times British Homes Awards, Winner – One-off House: South Street

 

Manser Medal, Shortlist: South Street

 

Sussex Heritage Trust, Winner – Small Scale Residential Award: South Street

   
2013

Wallpaper Magazine, Architects Directory – selected as one of twenty emerging architects from around the world.

Publications

Architects' Directory A-Z, Homes and Gardens, March 2024, click here to download a pdf of the article.

Contemporary Bury Gate Farm evolves the country house tradition, RIBA Journal, November/December 2023. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Grand Designs: House of the Year, Channel 4,  23.11.2022: Morlands Farm Dutch Barn and Viewing Tower was featured on Episode 2, Season 7 of Grand Designs: House of the Year which can be viewed here.

In Practice, Architecture Today, 23.11.2022: Sandy Rendel featured in Timothy Soar's series of portriats and thoughts of architects in their studios.

Thrill of the Infill, Daily Mail, 07 October 2022

At Home - Architecture for Urban Living,    Detail Edition, February 2022: The Slot House is featured in a book of 26 exemplar urban residential projects ranging from townhouses to multi-storey buildings covering all apsects from organisation of the floor plan to construction details click here to download a PDF of the article.

Grand Designs: House of the Year, Channel 4,  24.11.2021: Slot House was featured on Episode 2, Season 6 of Grand Designs: House of the Year which can be viewed here.

The secret to building a winning home, Evening Standard Homes and Property, 03 November 2021.

Work starts on Sandy Rendel’s West Sussex bungalow replacement, Architects Journal, 06 September 2021

Slot House in London, Detail Magazine July/August 2021. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Mine the gap: How skinny homes are a space saviour, Evening Standard Homes and Property 14 July 2021. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Tiny Houses, Sandra Leitte, Prestel, 15 March 2021. click here to download the feature on the Slot House.

Little House on The Prairie, The Sunday Times Saturday Magazine, 03 April 2021    

Sandy Rendel Architects converts barrel-vaulted barn into home in the South Downs, Dezeen, 02 February 2021

Morlands Farm Barn, Architects' Journal Specification, 17 December 2020. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Sandy Rendel completes house on Peckham infill site, Architects Journal, 17 November 2020

Sandy Rendel Architects slots narrow house into Peckham alley, Dezeen, 19 June 2020

Don't let an opportunity pass you by, Evening Standard Homes and Property, 18 March 2020. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Plug the Gap, Elle Decoration, March 2020

Sandy Rendel elegantly converts a barn into a simple house in the British countryside, *Wallpaper, 23 December 2019

10 inventive infill projects, Grand Designs Magazine, November 2019 click here to download a PDF of the article.

Sandy Rendel wins go-ahead for modern villa in rural Sussex, Architects Journal, 31 July 2017.

Steeling the Show, Metro, 25 July 2017.

RIBA National Awards 2017, Architects’ Journal, 22 June 2017.

All To Play For, The Sunday Times Home Supplement, 25 June 2017: South Street featured as part of the longlist forRIBA House of the Year 2017

The Awards 2017, RIBA Journal, June 2017: sra and South Street featured in The Awards 2017.

On the right lines: British Homes Awards, Sunday Times Home Supplement, 23 October 2016.

Scene Steelers, Financial Times – How to Spend It, October 2016.

AJ Sunday Times British Homes Award Winners, Architects’ Journal, 27 October 2016.

Riverside House, Dezeen, 27 June 16.

Nerves of Steel, Sunday Times Home Supplement, 15 May 2016: South Street Lewes featured in the Sunday Times Home Supplement. click here to download a pdf of the article.

AJ Building Study: 142 South Street, Architects’ Journal Homes Issue, 26 April 16: South Street Lewes featured as a building study in Architects’ Journal Homes Issue. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Architecture Today Inhabit Supplement, Spring 2016: Building study on South Street Lewes. click here to download a pdf of the article.

Britain’s Best Emerging Practices, New Architects 3, March 2016: Sandy Rendel Architects featured in New Architects 3 – The Architecture Foundation’s Survey of Britain’s Best Emerging Practices of the past decade.

Grand Designs, Channel 4, 21 October 2015: South Street Lewes featured on Series 15, Episode 7 of Grand Designs. click here to view the episode on All4.

Sandy Rendel Architects wins planning for Peckham Terrace, Architects’ Journal, 15 September 2014.

Birmingham Charette, Architects’ Journal, 1 November 2013.

Rising Star Sandy Rendel Architects reveals brick extension, Architects’ Journal, 12 July 2013.

Breakthrough Practices from around the World, Wallpaper Architects Directory, July 2013.

Sandy Rendel Architects get Planning for South Downs House, Building Design, 22 October 2012.

sra’s steel clad house wins Planning, Architects’ Journal, 25 October 2012.

The Future of the Profession, Architects’ Journal, 13 January 2011.

New Practices #31, Architects’ Journal, 17 June 2010.

Launch of Sandy Rendel Architects announced in Building Design, Building Design, 3 March 2010.

Simple Complexities: Godwin & Rendel in Berkshire, Architecture Today, October 2000.