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We believe that architectural intuition and poetic response should be simultaneously developed as the need for clarity in strategy and design on all levels. We explore extremes of interrelated scales, from the urban context to building and inhabitation, through to detail scales, with a drive to understand what makes up a given context. We seek to explore the sensitive possibilities within the relationship between architecture and the landscape, and through creative thinking seek to maximise the quality of light and space.

Our ethos of a sensitive consideration of place means no two projects are the same and are tailored to our imaginative and ambitious clients. Through combination of research and innovative design we propose interventions which respond to the challenges our clients present, making sure their high expectations of quality, cost and completion are maintained.


Context Architecture was founded by Charles Browne-Cole. He is a UK registered Architect with over ten years architectural experience. As well as the years of education required to become an architect, Charles has a Masters in Interpretation and Theory of Architecture, where he specialised in Danish Architecture.

Charles has previously worked in a variety of practices in London, and a stint in the Ecuadorian capital Quito. He has experience in a number of sectors, including residential, retail, office and religious design. His extensive experience and awareness of different contexts gave birth to the practice.

Charles is also a visiting critic at the University of East London.

How we work

Context Architecture provides a tailored service, starting with design through to planning, procurement and construction of new builds and revisions to existing property.

We have an extensive list of industry contacts, including Structural Engineers, Quantity Surveyors, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers and Party Wall Surveyors. Should your project require additional expertise, we will consult the right specialist on your behalf.

We work solely with established contractors and master tradespeople. Through strong relationships, we ensure the highest quality finish at the most competitive price.

We understand that every project is different. Our service adapts to the needs of each client and we offer consultation on separate phases of the design and construction process.

As a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice, Context Architecture is committed to excellence in design and to giving clients impartial advice at every stage of design, planning and construction.


  • Feasibility Studies
  • Planning Applications
  • Listed Building Applications
  • Permitted Development Applications
  • Construction Information
  • CDM Co-ordination
  • Tender creation and management
  • Specifications
  • Product sourcing
  • Detailed Drawings (including kitchen, bathrooms and furniture)
  • Project Management
  • Contract Administration
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