AR Architecture is a boutique studio of Architects and Interior designers with offices in London and Porto, distinguished by its award-winning design, international expertise and local capability. Founded 10 years ago in London, the practice gets involved in a broad range of high-end residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

In the UK, the company’s services span from feasibility studies to statutory approvals (including heritage buildings), and from full design to project management during construction.

In Portugal, together with local partners, AR Architecture offers turn-key solutions from an investment opportunity to a completed project.

The practice has accumulated invaluable experience in the most complex jobs and won many national and international awards.

Alexander Rakita, founder:

“At AR Architecture, we are inspired by challenges and always seek to add value by excellent design, while strictly adhering to our Clients’ brief and budget. Working closely with our Clients, we meet their objectives and budgetary targets, whilst always seeking inspiring innovative solutions and exceeding expectations.

From inception to completion, we provide full transparency on all aspects of the project, helping our Clients maintain control over the cost and the programme. For the Clients’ piece of mind, our fees are always fixed lump sums tied to the scope of the project.

As architects, we see ourselves responsible for the quality of people’s living environment.

We enjoy working within physical, budgetary and cultural limitations, finding that the most interesting creative solutions originate from the most challenging constraints.

We regard our private clients as our co-authors, together with whom we create spaces where they can feel at home and in harmony with their surroundings.

Developers and investors appreciate our attentive listening culture, commercial insight and efficient work procedures aided by the utilisation of BIM software.

Having worked with large international hospitality brands and boutique hotels, we know first-hand how to implement the strictest operator’s standards and find creative solutions for the most complex and demanding projects.

Our designs incorporate a thorough examination of environmental issues to reduce energy consumption and derive maximum benefit from natural resources.

We think that buildings are elements of the environment as well as artefacts of a certain historic period; their lasting value is determined by the perennial factors of scale, materiality, quality, practicality, adaptability and interaction with the environment. We aim to create well-considered, functional, elegant modern structures that make appropriate use of advanced materials and construction, while remaining respectful of the context and being inspired by it. Our projects tend to respond creatively to their surroundings, rather than be inhibited by them”.

On most of its projects, the practice provides full range of Architectural services throughout all RIBA work stages, from inception to completion, including project management and construction contract administration. At all stages of the project it acts as the Lead Consultant, coordinating design input of the other members of the design team. The Interior Design services offered in a package with Architecture provide an exceptional value for money.

Many of AR Architecture’s projects are in listed buildings or conservation areas; the practice relishes the challenge of obtaining consents for these schemes and prides itself on producing modern designs which are sensitive to their historical context.

Have a look at our “Homeowners” page explaining the process of an architectural project and get in touch for a free consultation.

Discover more at

AR Architecture, Hampstead Old Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP, T +44 (0) 207 209 2851   E

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