We have designed and professionally managed building projects for over 30 years. Our experience allows us to focus on innovative and cost effective design solutions that respond directly to the individual project context, client brief and budget.


Our work must be visually remarkable and designed to the highest possible standards. We are always enthusiastic about our work whether we are designing a home from scratch or extending or converting an existing building, be it of a modern or traditional style.

It is essential to us that clients derive true satisfaction and value from our work, whether that is an improvement in their quality of life or an increase in the financial value of their property. Our aim is to create new spaces or transform existing ones, resulting in spaces that are beautiful as well as functional.

Maximising light, creating a greater feeling of space and ensuring flow between spaces underpins our design ethos. We also ensure sensitive consideration of materials so that our designs complement the wider context of the environment, ensuring a natural flow between the inside and outside.

We are also totally committed listening carefully to our clients and working closely with you in order to provide dependable and thoughtful customer service - whether your project is modest or on a grander scale.

Company Profile

After 30 years in the business and numerous projects in our portfolio, we have extensive experience of designing and managing projects. We have particular expertise in achieving planning consents on a wide range of building types from extensions on modern properties to renovations and refurbishments of listed buildings.  

We have a growing reputation in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas for designing confident, well considered and attractive buildings. We are committed to a highly professional approach to every project, managing the budget responsibly and to its full potential.

We believe that investing in good design not only adds value to your home, but has the potential to offer enhanced quality of life.

Founder and Principal at Howard Architectural, Nigel Jowsey, directs our team of professionals – designers, technicians, chartered surveyors, structural engineers and chartered quantity surveyors.  

Our team are skilled and committed to excellence on all our projects, with care and personal attention given to all aspects of our work. 


Good architectural design can lift our spirits, enhance our lives and serve its function well. We believe that buildings and spaces are truly successful when they reflect the people who live in them. Our focus is on building good relationships with our clients, working with them to fully understand their dreams as well as their needs.

The start of any design process should begin with listening and creating a working environment that encourages open communication and creative thinking. Combined with our wide ranging expertise, this approach leads to buildings and spaces that not only delight our clients but perform their function beautifully.

Our design approach is fluid and incorporates the latest thinking. Depending on the project we might be using traditional skills and materials, or the latest in contemporary design technologies, or even a combination of the two. We are equally at home designing spaces that are stark and contemporary or extending or refurbishing listed buildings.

Above all we are open-minded and create individual, bespoke solutions for each and every one of our clients. We are professional, approachable, responsive and always enthusiastic - because we truly love what we do.

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Would you like to find out more about the many ways we help?

We’re always on hand for our current Clients and prospective ones. Should you want a little more information or would just like to have a chat, there are several ways that you can get in touch with us.

Nigel H Jowsey

Nigel H Jowsey

Principal Designer & Planning Consultant

  • We chose Nigel from a shortlist of 5 architects in the area, and we're glad we did. He, along with his co-worker, Alexandra, a recently qualified architect, make a great team balancing local knowledge and experience with more innovative design and flare. Thought the planning process Nigel kept us informed, spelling out the steps involved and involving us in the process. All round, a great experience which I'm sure will lead to a fantastic two-story extension once completed.Cheltenham, J. Minter - August 2020, Extension Design, Planning Application & Building Regs
  • Even though i made an enquiry on Sunday i received a reply within an hour. Nigel offered the service i was looking for and took control of everything thereafter, pound for pound it was the best investment made on the project. More than professional, Nigel was everything i was seeking.Michael Evesham, Worcs, Building Regulations
  • Howard Architectural did a brilliant job – Nigel’s excellent team were all helpful and hardworking. We would recommend this company to anyone needing a project done which involves more than one area of work. The costs were very reasonable and there was always a quick response to any queries.Gordon & Patricia Jones, Nailsworth, Local Surveyors Direct website
  • We asked Nigel at Howard Architectural to look at carrying out some refurbishments on our Victorian terraced house in Cheltenham. Nigel is very experienced and came up with some excellent ideas to improve the property and make better use of the space. We were delighted with all the work and were impressed by Nigel’s professionalism and knowledge, and the quality of the work of all his team.Joanna & Robert Booth, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Ryeworth Road
  • I was impressed with the standard of work that Nigel achieves and his dedication to detail in order to achieve a high standard in the finished project.Chris Bullingham, Property Acquisitions, Cheldev Ltd
  • Nigel’s project management of my difficult Grade II restoration exceeded my expectations.Rachel Burgener , Information Analyst at NHS Gloucestershire
  • Nigel provided me with a very good service, to undertake structural work and re-model my home. Both Nigel and his appointed team were personable, good communicators whose work was of a high standard and who were always creative when problems arose. I was pleased with the final result and Nigel's willingness to complete any final snagging problems to my satisfaction.Marilyn Fairbairn, Cheltenham
  • Nigel has provided us with excellent service from early discussions helping us home in on what we really wanted, turning that into architectural drawings, securing planning permission, producing detailed drawings for the building regulations process, and producing detailed cost estimates to enable us to budget and assess competing quotes from builders.Julian Cox, Cheltenham, Street Life website
  • I needed some urgent help with a structural engineering issue so I sent a message to Howard Architectural on Friday evening. By Monday afternoon at 1400 Nigel and his structural engineer had spoken to my Building Regs officer and sorted the whole thing out! Nigel's professional and positive can-do attitude is exactly what I needed at that stage of my project and also the cost was extremely reasonable. I know who I will be calling if I need any more assistance with my project.Jezz Bird, Fairford, Gloucestershire
  • Prompt responses from several suppliers, one of whom I used to run my project.
    Excellent service provided. The whole process from drawing up plans, obtaining permissions through to securing tenders was conducted highly efficiently and speedily. The process and fees involved were clearly set out at the start. Modifications I requested to the initial plans were implemented to my full satisfaction. All correspondence was handled promptly. Highly recommended.R.Yearsley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Project Planning
  • We acquired the services of Nigel Jowsey to conduct and manage our building project. Nigel is both professional and thorough in his approach. We also encountered great communication as to what was happening and the status of the project. I would highly recommend Nigel to anyone that is looking to undertake a building project and I would not hesitate to employ his services again. It was a brilliant experience and a pleasure working with Nigel.R.Halling, Tewksbury, Gloucestershire, Survey


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