Notting Hill Architects

Need a Residential Architect in Notting Hill?

AURA are leading residential London architects, and understand both the culture and the historical heritage of Notting Hill and its distinctive residential architecture.  We want to discuss your desires for a better home and make them a reality for you while adding value to your property.

Because of our long experience, our team knows how to extend and revitalise the colourful Victorian houses, and how to work with the Kensington and Chelsea planning and building control departments, to obtain planning permission for the home of your dreams.

Being an award-winning residential architecture firm with a focus on the area as well as Bayswater and West London in general, we undertake basement conversions, extensions, loft conversions, refurbishments, kitchen extensions, and more.

We are equally able to blend modern features into existing period homes, or design brand new developments to fit in with surrounding properties.


It may be that you have enjoyed working from home in recent months and are considering a home office in the garden or basement?


This is something we have undertaken for many clients before and would be pleased to share our considerable experience and advice with you to assist with your needs.


Have a look at our video introduction by Ben Richards here to learn more about AURA Architects.

Completed projects around the Notting Hill area

When choosing an architect for your property, be sure to check their projects to assess their experience with your style of property. Here are a few of ours:

Why Choose AURA Architecture As Your Notting Hill Architect?

Maximise Your Space

Without a doubt, more space is normally the number 1 requirement from our Notting Hill clients.

Speak to AURA Architecture to discover opportunities for mezzanine space optimisation, basement conversions, loft conversions, infill extensions, and more ingenious ways to make the most of your space, however limited.

Utilise Natural Light

Increasing levels of natural light within your home will improve your sense of well-being, and reduce your energy consumption at the same time.

Talk to us about light wells, energy-efficient skylights, glass walls, and more.  Even your basement can have both natural light and living greenery as shown here.

Enjoy The Beauty Of Simplicity

As every good home designer knows, less is often more.

Clean, uncluttered, uncomplicated designs allow subtle features and splashes of colour to come to the fore and provide a calm, energising, and distraction-free environment for you to live and socialise in.

Refurbish And Extend Sustainability

Another thing that makes AURA Architecture a great choice for the vibrant community of Notting Hill is our commitment to sustainability in all of our designs.


With AURA, sustainability is built into our designs from the start, not an afterthought.


Contact our team today on 0203 189 1619 or submit your brief online.

We Provide Fixed Costs

We loathe unpleasant surprises which is why our fees are clear and transparent, and we carefully detail your budget for each step of the process.


NOTE: We do not currently work on projects with a contract value that is less than £150,000.


Book a Home Design Consultation with our experts. Within this consultation, we will discuss:

  • What your dream home looks like.

  • Your design ideas and how to add value to your property.

  • How to gain planning permission.

  • Any site constraints that will need consideration.

  • Anticipated building costs – here’s a useful blog on build costs.

  • How to hire the right builder for your project.

Best Small Scale Extension and Home Transformation Project

A practical, stylish, and client-centred project in nearby Wimbledon not only improved the client’s living environment and the value of their home, it also won an award as an outstanding kitchen extension and home renovation.

The client said:

AURA listened to our needs as a family and made some great suggestions that we hadn’t considered. One feature in particular that they suggested was the guest en-suite which we had always wanted but had discounted as not being feasible.  It really is a great use of space and is perfect for our nanny and guests when they stay the night (and mean guests don’t need to share a bathroom with the children!).  It will also have added value to our house price which although wasn’t the aim, is a huge bonus.”

View the full details of this project here.

Most Trusted Architecture Practice Greater London

Our Core Values, as outlined on our About page, won us this cherished award as an architect that you can trust:

  • Honesty & Integrity – It’s not what you do when people are watching, but what you do when they are not.

  • Attention to Detail – trust us to leave no stone unturned and think through every detail.  You can relax, knowing that you are in good hands.

  • Understanding and Respecting People – we understand that every client, every contractor, and every council planning department, is different.  Our approach: different needs – different wants – creates high levels of trust and respect with everyone we meet.

This award is further supported by our outstanding reviews on Google and Houzz.

Getting planning permission for your project is important. An architect that cannot obtain planning permission for the project is not going fulfill your desires, and you may waste months (and incur extra fees), with repeat submissions to the council.


We have a Kensington and Chelsea architect team who can find creative ways to obtain planning within the Notting Hill district and have a good track record of success.


From drawing up plans to liaising with planning officers and creating designs that comply with local conservation area restrictions, our architects will manage everything for you, streamlining and fast-tracking the planning process along the way. Of course, your project may not need planning permission at all. Speak to our experts to see what can be done under the rules of permitted development.

Architects Notting Hill

To discuss your project with an architect – complete our online enquiry form or call us on 0203 189 1619.

Our Online Reviews

Scott Robertson
Scott Robertson
June 20, 2023
Professional, reliable, great to work with. Highly recommended if you are renovating your house.
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
Carina Isabel Lopes De Carvalho
May 2, 2023
It is a company of excellence
Emily Stuart
Emily Stuart
January 25, 2022
I used Aura for a side return and rear extension, and a renovation of my first floor bathroom. I wanted something unique and characterful, with lots of natural light. Aura really went above and beyond my expectations, creating me a space that truly is more than I could have imagined. From the initial consultation, where I felt immediately at ease with the team, to the transparency in their costings, all the way through the design process and project management, Aura have been consistently professional, communicative and flexible. It certainly hasn’t been an easy time for anyone in the industry, but Aura’s solution-first attitude and their adaptability made it so easy to work with them through lockdowns, supply chain challenges, pingdemics and everything in between. It was a true pleasure to work with the team - they really do their utmost to make the process as straightforward, simple and enjoyable as possible. I’d not hesitate to recommend Aura. They team are the perfect balance of creative and practical, imagination and solutions, to make whatever dream you have come to life.
Rob Birkin
Rob Birkin
November 18, 2021
February 9, 2021
I chose to use Aura based on their reviews in June 2020. At first it was a really good experience and I was impressed with their professionalisim. I received my drawings and wasn't completely happy with them. The 4 options I was given were all basically the same thing. They never came to my property to see the space or get a feel for where the light was coming in etc. The bathroom on the drawing didn't make sense as it was so small. (See below). The snug was also like a meter so again didn't make sense. I tried to escalate this to Ben, and I was offered another call but I had lost confidence in them. My neighbour was also doing work on her flat which is a similar layout and in contrast her drawings were really well thoughtout. In the end I had to pay again to get my drawings redone. (Attachment P&S - one example of my new drawings below - the more detailed drawings). I asked Aura for a partial refund as I never actually received a final drawing from them (despite paying for them) and they refused. It was just a disappointing and expensive experience.
Anthony Egan
Anthony Egan
May 22, 2020
I recently contacted Aura Homes Ltd to discuss a small development project. The project was unusual and a lot of factors needed to be taken into account due to the location, site surroundings and practicality of the proposal. I originally discussed it with Ben Richards who I found to be helpful, knowledgable and very accommodating in that he listened intently to give a fair assessment of feasibility. Iris Kouneni was assigned to me and met with me to thoroughly discuss and understand what my intentions were. Like Ben, she digested my layman’s view and proceeded to give me her professional opinion. Iris and Ben were an absolute delight to work with, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and communicative to mention just a few of their qualities. Unfortunately due to the COVID19 lockdown we have had to shelve the project. It's been a pleasure to work with Aura Homes Ltd, refreshingly honest and professional. I look forward to working together with them in the future.
Brendan Quinn
Brendan Quinn
May 20, 2020
Thanks for reading this review. Ben is one of my monthly sponsors of the Property Events that I have run and also of the National Development Summit earlier in 2020. In a business setting I really appreciate Ben's support, particularly during COVid19- Ben had the option of pulling out of my events as a sponsor- as I have had to pivot- moving them online. Ben has continued to support these events as a sponsor, when he could have easily turned his back and moved on. Also at the National Development Summit 2020, Ben could see the effort I had put in to make the event, a great event, and himself and his team also equally put in huge effort. When you organise events, you ideally want things to go smoothly in terms of presenters turning up on time/before time, and with slides which are hassle free, and this Ben has done so. I have been to Ben's office several times and the staff have been really friendly. Ben's knowledge of working at Berkeley Homes, puts his company at a very high level.
Louise Hancock
Louise Hancock
April 13, 2020
Aura Homes is a highly professional firm of architects that always have the clients best interests at hart. The quality of their plans and drawings is superb and their turn-around when making amendments well within expected timelines. For bespoke projects, their research and recommendations (both in terms of quality and costs) is superb.
Harry Bucknell
Harry Bucknell
April 10, 2020
Couldn't recommend Ben and his team more. We were in a really tricky position with our building project and Ben navigated us safely out of it. Superb guidance, great technical knowledge and what I really valued the most was the communication. Always got back to me promptly which makes a real difference when stress levels are high. Thanks Aura!
Eugene Clarke
Eugene Clarke
April 9, 2020
The quality of work from Arua Architecture is to an excellent standard. We worked primarily with Ben and Gabby, they provide a friendly and professional service that minimised the worry and stresses associated with building projects. We hired Aura Architecture to assist us with our building project. We appointed them for the following work: - Regularisation on previous designs - Planning conditions discharge - Building regulation drawings - Detailed designs They came recommended from a Structural engineering company, and we were not disappointed.

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