We use our skills in architecture, urban design and landscape architecture to work on housing, education, health, arts and commercial projects of all shapes and sizes across the country. Throughout, we collaborate with clients, communities and end-users – listening, questioning and challenging when appropriate. Our thorough briefing process ensures we form a clear, shared vision for the project – allowing us to unearth ideas, establish its essence, inspire all those involved and create something truly transformative.
We couldn’t design award-winning buildings, spaces and landscapes without our talented team of designers and experts in sustainability, research, visualisation, BIM and CDM.
Many of our staff are involved with the industry more widely; reviewing others’ work, contributing to debates, undertaking research, speaking at events and writing articles. Others also nurture the next generation by teaching and mentoring at architecture schools across the country.
Across our London and Manchester design studios, we actively develop our staff with a training and CPD programme, research allowance, working groups and annual study trip abroad. Our stimulating studio culture also includes regular socials, softball games and fancy dress parties.
We believe that a good idea can come from anywhere and everyone in the Practice has a voice.
We work in smaller studio groups – each of which is led by a Director and has developed expertise in particular types of work – to foster a more collaborative and creative design process. By designing and reviewing our work in this way, everyone can contribute, share and learn from one another.
This approach also improves the quality of what we do. With our clients, consultants and the local community, we get under the skin of a project to design inventive buildings, spaces and places that belong to their users and grow in their environment.
London and Manchester
We were born and raised in London, but have always thought of Manchester as our northern home through our long association with the city and work at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Our Manchester design studio opened in 2013, providing a local base for our many projects in the north.
As part of our People.Design series, culminating in our 50th birthday in 2018, each studio is hosting an event. From garden parties to modular construction research, each will relate to their particular specialisation. You can see more of what we’re up to on our Tumblr page.
Levitt Bernstein was founded in 1968, shortly after David Levitt met David Bernstein whilst working on the ground-breaking Brunswick Centre. They decided to set up a practice focused on revitalising London’s decaying inner city. The capital was also in the throes of a housing crisis and the pair were dedicated to creating better homes for all – a principle that is as fundamental to our work now as it was then.
After initially focusing on social housing, we began to branch out into other sectors. A turning point was winning the commission to design a theatre in Manchester’s derelict Victorian trading hall. The new Royal Exchange Theatre won us our first RIBA Award and was the beginning of many public building commissions for the Practice. By the end of the 70s, we were well known for our work in urban regeneration, housing and cultural buildings, and still are today.
Ever since, we have grown organically and now have over 120 staff working on projects across the housing, arts, education, health and commercial sectors from our London and Manchester design studios.
Architect of the Year
Civic Trust Awards
Architects' Journal Awards
Planning & Placemaking Awards
Education Estates Awards
London Planning Awards
Horticulture Week Awards
London Construction Awards
Housing Design Awards
New London Awards
British Homes Awards
North West Regional Construction Awards
BALI National Landscape Awards
Archiboo Web Awards
What House? Awards
Manchester Society of Architects Awards
Housing Innovation Awards
Europa Nostra Awards
Building Trust International Competition
David Unwin Awards
Prime Minister’s Better Public Buildings Awards
Constructing Excellence Awards
Urban Design Group Awards
RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
Evening Standard New Homes Awards
Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards
Affordable Home Ownership Awards
First Time Buyer Awards
Sustainable Housing Awards
Building for Life Awards
Bristol Civic Society