We transform spaces in a creative, imaginative and economical way. We give straightforward, honest advice alongside award-winning designs. Our aim is to create exciting new spaces which are transformed at a fraction of the cost of a new-build.
01. Experts in School Design
Established 18 years ago, we are now one of the leading architectural practices in the country specialising in the design and masterplanning of independent schools. Our portfolio of over 30 clients includes Malvern, Stowe, Bradfield, Chigwell, Giggleswick, Monkton Combe and Brighton College Abu Dhabi.
02. Creative Solutions
squiresandbrown has built a reputation for delivering sensitive contemporary architecture on challenging historic sites. We combine creativity with extensive experience of the sector to produce beautiful, practical buildings for independent schools throughout the world.
03. Personal Service
We provide a personal dedicated service led by a Director and focused on listening to our clients. We look to involve them throughout the design process to ensure our solutions are always tailored to their needs and best able to deliver their goals.
Working with John and his team was a delight for us. He showed all the flair required to design a school that children would love and yet remained open to the discussions that were required by the school to ensure we had buildings that really worked and would stand the test of time.
Alastair RamsayHeadmaster The Downs Prep
squiresandbrown have been outstanding in the way that they have gone about every aspect of their work with us. John and the team are an absolute delight to work with – their enthusiasm, proactivity, humour and professionalism have impressed and delighted everyone here……they have come up with solutions to problems that have defeated others and they work incredibly hard.
Paddy BurrowesBursar Bradfield College
“We enlisted squiresandbrown as we needed an experienced party to listen and consolidate the views of our stakeholders in order to provide build options for our long term masterplan. We valued their professional and creative input and look forward to working with them in the future. I worked closely with Louise McKeown on this project and her personal touch was very much appreciated.”
Claire ChenBursar | Elstree School, Berkshire | 2017
squiresandbrown were a very easy company to deal with, and meticulous in their attention to detail, making sure that they understood what was required. The feedback they gave us was both imaginative in scope and extremely thorough. I would happily recommend them to any school looking to create a master plan.
Ken GrocottHeadmaster, Brighton College Abu Dhabi
Our arts centre is a remarkable building, in tune with our unflashy ethos, our rich and eclectic architectural history and our credentials as a ‘green flag’ ambassador school. As you can see, I’m a huge fan. I’ve been through several ‘beauty parade’ experiences trying to find good architects: this one has been a winner!
Jonathan TaylorHeadmaster, Bootham School
In my view, John brings an unparalleled knowledge as an Architect of the independent schools sector. He quickly got an understanding of our ethos and his ability to engage and listen to a range of people and their ideas is first class. In my view, John Squires is an Architect of the highest calibre and I recommend him to you wholeheartedly
Chris LumbHeadmaster, Clongowes Wood College
I worked with squiresandbrown during our recent Arts and Innovation Centre build from inception to practical completion. The work involved both John Squires and Tim Brown both whom I found extremely innovative, knowledgeable and readily available at very short notice. They offered first class customer service and I would not hesitate to recommend them
Melanie MasonBursar, Aberdour School
In my experience squiresandbrown approach every project with a clear, pragmatic attitude focused on squeezing the best possible design from whatever the budget may be. Unlike some other high profile practices, they work for the school rather than for their own self-promotion. They have a great reputation within the sector and in my opinion are the best architects in the market
Sean RyanEstates Bursar, Erskine Stewarts’ Melville Schools
squiresandbrown follow an extremely thorough process of involving key users. They spent considerable time watching and listening, and this approach has been an important part in assisting the School in refining its requirements. This is augmented further by a clear and easy presentational style. The personal service and responsiveness has been fantastic. I am very happy to recommend them
Amanda CracknellBursar, Monkton Combe School
“Louise McKeown has led many project initiatives at Bootham School for
squiresandbrown Architects over a number of years. Louise is diligent, supportive and
professional and her advice and guidance has helped us in successfully gaining planning
approval for our proposed science building development. In addition, she has produced
designs for remodelling our Junior School, developed sketches and provided advice for the
revitalisation of our 6th form facilities and produced the latest incarnation of our
Due to the historic, city centre nature of our site in York, we invariably deal with a very
challenging planning environment including remodelling of listed buildings. Louise’s
experience in dealing with these complex issues has been invaluable to the school. She is
comfortable and impressive when interviewing staff members affected by projects and
presenting proposals to the Governing Body. I would not hesitate to recommend her”.