People are the heart of our Practice. We work hard to offer a collaborative and creative working environment, promote a healthy work-life balance and give something back to the community. We believe that a good idea can come from anywhere and everyone in the Practice has a voice.
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.
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.
We also have in-house interdisciplinary groups focused on topics such as housing, sustainability, conservation and offsite construction. These are open to all so that everyone can pursue their interests and gain further knowledge in a particular area.
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.
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.
In 2018, we celebrate our 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, we are collaborating with charities in London and Manchester to support homeless people and give them the training and skills they need to find and stay in full time employment.
Architect of the Year
Architects' Journal Awards
Civic Trust Awards
Education Estates Awards
Building London Planning Awards
North West Regional Construction Awards
Housing Design Awards
New London Awards
Landscape Institute Awards
Horticulture Week Awards
British Homes Awards
EAC National Housing for Older People Awards
Inside Housing Development Awards
Student Accommodation Awards
BALI National Landscape Awards
First Time Buyer Awards
Evening Standard New Homes Awards
LABC Building Excellence Awards
Green Flag Awards
London Construction 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
Building for Life Awards
Natural Stone Awards
National Housing Awards
What House? Awards
Archiboo Web Awards
Urban Design Group Awards
RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
Premier Guarantee Excellence Awards
Affordable Home Ownership Awards
Bristol Civic Society
Sustainable Housing Awards