George Saumarez Smith

George Saumarez Smith

MA(Hons), DIPL Arch, RIBA

Design Director

George Saumarez Smith is one of the leading classical architects of his generation. George’s work has ranged in scale from new country houses and garden buildings to large housing schemes. Much of his inspiration comes from the appreciation and study of historic buildings, combined with a keen interest in the continued use of the techniques of classical design handed down through history. George has written several books on architecture and regularly teaches classicism at schools across Europe and North America. He is also known for producing large scale drawings, a selection of which formed the basis of the exhibition ‘Measure, Draw, Build’, held at the RIBA in October 2017.

  • Chartered Architect
  • Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Member of Traditional Architecture Group (TAG), a linked society of the RIBA
  • Elected Brother of the Art Worker’s Guild
  • Member of the Georgian Group
  • Member of the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment
  • Member of International network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU), International College of Traditional Practitioners
  • Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects
  • Member of the Islington Design Review Panel
  • UK Property Award 2022 win for a new manor house in Hampshire
  • RIBA South Regional Award, Winner 2016 for a New Villa in Hampshire, Bighton Grange
  • The Georgian Group Award, Winner 2015 for a New Building in the Classical Tradition, Bighton Grange
  • The Sunday Times British Home Awards, Winner 2015 for a one-off house above 5,000sq ft, a new country house, Bighton, Hampshire
  • City of Winchester Trust 2013 Best Restoration, Old Hyde House – ADAM Architecture Winchester office
  • RICS Building Conservation Award 2013, shortlist, Old Hyde House – ADAM Architecture Winchester office
  • The Georgian Group Giles Worsley Award for a New Building in a Georgian Context, 2011, Richard Green Gallery, 33 New Bond Street, London
  • Young Architect of the Year Award 2011, shortlisted to final 6
  • Natural Stone Craft Awards 2011, A New Building in Natural Stone Cladding (commendation), Richard Green Gallery, 33 New Bond Street in London
  • RIBA Downland Prize Overall Winner 2006, classical summerhouse in Hampshire
  • Georgian Group Architectural Awards commendation 2006, classical summerhouse in Hampshire
  • Measure, Draw, Build Exhibition, London, 2017
  • RIBA The Good, The Bad and The Unexpected Exhibition, 2015
  • Three Classicists Exhibition, 2010
  • Palladio and American Classicism exhibition, Richmond, Virginia, 2008
  • Integrity & Craftsmanship exhibition, The Art Workers Guild, London Festival of Architecture, 2008
  • The New Palladians exhibition, London, 2008
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 2000
  • RIBA Architecture Gallery, 1999
  • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1996
  • RTKL Travel Fellowship, 1995
  • Sketchbooks: Collected Measured Drawings & Architectural Sketches, Triglyph Books, 2021
  • Making Better Places: The ADAM Architecture experience of housebuilding and masterplanning, Triglyph Books, 2020
  • Measure, Draw, Build Exhibition catalogue, 2017
  • The Country House Ideal: Recent work by ADAM Architecture, Merrell, 2015
  • The Art of Classical Details II – An Ideal Collaboration, 2015
  • A Treatise on Modern Architecture in Five Books, The Bardwell Press, 2013
  • Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism, Richard John Images Publishing, 2010
  • New Palladians: Modernity and Sustainability for 21st century Architecture, Alireza Sagharchi & Lucien Steil, 2010
  • Three Classicists Exhibition catalogue, The Bardwell Press, 2010

For over 20 years George has kept sketchbooks of measured drawings. He also produces large presentation drawings, many of which have been exhibited. He has become an advocate for the craft of drawing through filmed live drawings. Here is a small selection of George’s drawings.

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