We are a unique spatial design agency, working across the fields of architecture, urban design, infrastructure and landscape. We work with our clients and commissioners to create beauty and enduring value from complex situations, for new and existing buildings, through to larger-scale urban strategies.

Education / Innovation

Creative Exchange — St. Neots
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5th Studio's design approach allies conceptual clarity with practical 'making' skills – and is underpinned by a series of principles which inform the way we design and deliver projects.

Landscape / Urbanism

Lea River Park — London
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Housing / Residential

Westlegate Quarter — Norwich
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5th Studio are able to think, design and organise at a strategic scale - operating across infrastructure, engineering, conservation, ecology and planning. Our work at this extra-large scale - across projects which range from the re-thinking postindustrial landscapes to the strategic planning of future change within historic cities - aims to create strong places by combining visceral and analytical responses to their particular topographies.

5th Studio has recrowned the tired George V pavilion with an overhaul and extension to accommodate the whole neighbourhood.

Ellis Woodman, Building Design

Public / Community

George V Pavilion — Trumpington, Cambridge
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Our work is anchored by the experience of working and thinking across this spectrum of scales, disciplines and projects: we are skilled at thinking strategically, whilst also maintaining a meticulous attention to detail.


5th studio Director Tom Holbrook will be visiting Melbourne as part of his professorship of Architecture and Industry Fellow at RMIT University, where he will be taking part in the Melbourne Innovation District - Design Symposium.

As part of Melbourne Design Week 2018, RMIT is hosting a one day symposium on the Melbourne Innovation District that will focus specifically on the role of design in the shaping of this District. The aim of the symposium is to make explicit the contribution of design in all its forms; urban design, participatory design strategy, landscape architecture & public art, wayfinding & communication design, and the design of services enabled by digital engagement and effective policy.

The symposium will explore how through strategy, advocacy and action, designers can facilitate change in this emergent part of Melbourne.

5th Studio’s long term project to create a new public foreground to regeneration in London’s Lower Lea Valley was picked as a top ten highlight of the year by The Guardian’s Architecture & Design Critic Oliver Wainwright. Read the article here.

“After years of negotiations, 5th Studio’s Leaway riverside path finally opened in spring, stitching together crucial missing links with ramps, bridges and new sections of towpath with a rugged, as-found quality that makes them feel like they’ve always been there. A model of useful green infrastructure – unlike the Garden Bridge, which was finally cancelled this year."


5th Studio’s Creative Exchange for St Neots in Cambridgeshire is a wonderful example of why it’s a good idea to hire a decent architect. The ingenuity of Tom Holbrook and his team at 5th Studio allowed the Creative Exchange to fulfil its potential on several levels - socially, politically, urbanistically, architecturally

Professor Peter Carl, Architects’ Journal


  • RIBA Multiple Award Winner


  • Nominated for Architects of the Year

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  • Tom Holbrook talk at the London School of Architecture 7.30pm 10.8.15

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Please submit your CV and samples of your work to recruitment@5thstudio.co.uk