We are Karakusevic Carson Architects, award winning specialists at the forefront of urban regeneration and housing architecture across London.
Appointed as framework panel architects and masterplanners for many leading public bodies and housing associations including the GLA/TfL, HCA and Olympic Legacy panels, we work with local authorities, RSLs and partner Investment groups on complex architecture and regeneration projects. We are experts at pushing boundaries, successfully navigating emerging funding structures and national design standards to create exemplary and sustainable homes and thriving neighbourhoods which reflect a unique sense of place, are financially viable and can stand the test of time.
Our individual projects – including masterplans, urban regeneration programmes, mixed-use and tenure housing and estate renewal projects – range from £3m to £250m in value, with larger masterplan projects ranging from £100m – £500m; all of which exceed CfSH 4/5 the Mayor’s Housing Design and Lifetime Homes Standards. We have an impressive track record of unlocking the viability of schemes which have previously stalled, notably in Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Camden, Barking and Dagenham and Enfield.
We know that the viable and sustainable revitalisation of these neighbourhoods is a tough challenge which requires a driven and highly talented team.
A design and strategy led Practice, we formed with the sole intent to raise standards in social housing design in the UK after 40 years of neglect. We drive forward successful masterplans, urban design projects, viable mixed use and tenure housing, and estate renewal architecture projects. Our team understands the tough challenges faced by these local communities, setting out to replace what doesn’t work with ambitious designs for homes and places that do. We employ an extremely talented team of architects who drive projects forward and are passionate about housing design and making remarkable buildings and places.
The complexities at the outset are many and varied. Our design approach seeks to resolve this with simple and elegant architecture and robust detailing and specifications. We are perceptive and rigorous to ensure we deliver a built legacy that will stand the test of time.
We work with clients and specialist partners in a fully collaborative way to deliver these qualities, orchestrating expert consultants and collaborators and fully engaging with local residents and wider stakeholders from the earliest stages of the design process to ensure grass root involvement, support and a sensitive approach to decant and phasing. Our approachable workshops, large scale models, sketches and presentations help communicate our schemes to residents and stakeholders in an informed but grounded manner including them in the creation of homes and places that residents of all tenures are proud to call home.