Wright and Wright are proud to have been chosen by the Architectural Association, the RIBA, the Royal College of Art and the Society of Antiquaries to design buildings for them. The practice was formed in 1994 by Sandy and Clare Wright, and has grown steadily since then. Stephen Smith joined the practice in 2005 and became a partner in 2011 with Naila Yousuf also being made a partner in 2020 after five years at the practice. We limit our portfolio in order that the partners are involved in every project – they discuss each project, and often work together on them.
We are committed to producing high-quality buildings. This requires persistence at each stage of the project. It begins with an understanding of our clients’ aspirations and continues via supporting them throughout the life of a project and beyond. We hope the fact that clients repeatedly commission us is evidence of our good work.
Although we work in a range of sectors, we have built up a particularly strong portfolio in higher education and cultural buildings – in particular, our expertise lies in archives, libraries and galleries.
Our designs do not follow the quirks of fashion. Instead, we try to design well-functioning, meaningful, durable and low-energy solutions, using traditional materials in innovative ways, which we hope will look good and work well in 50 or 100 years’ time.
The guiding thread running through our work is the aptitude we bring to resolving the issues encountered on sensitive sites and projects, such as works at the Royal College of Art, adjoining the Royal Albert Hall, and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, a landlocked site which abuts the original 14th-century College entrance.
We are fortunate in having a dedicated team with special expertise in construction. We are experienced at negotiating difficult applications through the planning system and are rigorous in researching new construction techniques as well as ensuring that high standards are met on site.
Research and development support our work, such as developing proposals for disabled access for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and energy efficiency for the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.