Casswell Bank Architects began in 2015 after Alex Bank and Sam Casswell won an international design competition for emerging architects. The commission for art gallery Hauser + Wirth involved creating a new outhouse for artists in residence near to their gallery in Bruton, Somerset. Although modest in scale, the design establishes a tone and culture for the practice. Central to this is making generous architecture that brings delight and leaves an enduring, positive impression on a place.
Casswell Bank Architects is founded on expertise and experience - 16 years of working with two of London’s most highly regarded architecture practices and more recently as university lecturers.
Sam spent over 8 years at Caruso St John Architects working on a variety of public and private projects across the UK and Europe. His notable achievement was as a project architect on the redevelopment of Tate Britain, completed in 2013.
Alex was a collaborator in the Architecture Research Unit for over 8 years working with professors Florian Beigel and Philip Christou. His experiences range from designing urban scale projects in South Korea to houses in the British countryside. He was project architect on the creation of new studio spaces in Aldgate East for the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, completed in 2013.
Alex and Sam are design tutors at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, London Metropolitan University, and have led undergraduate design Studio 1 since 2013.
Casswell Bank Architects are open to designing projects for different uses at a range of scales. Current projects include; creating a suite of new public spaces and private rooms for the Institute of Psychoanalysis in Maida Vale; houses in London and Suffolk; and a collaboration with an artist at lake Semerwater in the Yorkshire Dales. The practice is based in London Bridge.