We are Karakusevic Carson Architects, award-winning specialists at the forefront of a new era of public housing design and major public projects across London and the UK.
Our individual projects – including masterplans, mixed-use and tenure housing and estate renewal projects – range from £3m to £250m in value, with larger masterplan projects ranging from £100m to £2.5bn. We have an impressive track record of unlocking the viability of schemes that have previously stalled, notably in the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Barking and Dagenham, Camden, Enfield and Lewisham.
We are appointed as architects and masterplanners for many leading public sector bodies and housing associations, including twelve London Boroughs, the Greater London Authority/Transport for London, Homes and Communities Agency and Olympic Legacy panels. As experts at making difficult projects happen, we successfully navigate emerging funding structures and national design standards to create exemplary housing and public buildings that reflect a unique sense of place, are financially viable and can stand the test of time.
A design and strategy led practice, we formed with the sole intent to raise standards in social housing design and public buildings in the UK after 40 years of neglect. Our team understands the tough challenges faced by local communities, setting out to adapt, repair and replace what doesn’t work with ambitious designs for homes and places that do, whilst evolving and refining housing and building types with each scheme. We employ an extremely talented team of architects who 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. This ensures grassroots involvement, support and a sensitive approach to decant and phasing. Our approachable design 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.