From the founders’ earliest collaboration at university to now, more than 30 years later, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has been based on a firm commitment to the design of buildings of economy, elegance and delight: buildings that reflect a continuing belief in the ability of outstanding architecture to last through time; buildings whose success is defined not just by the use for which they were commissioned, but by their ability to adapt to different uses; buildings that aim to make a positive and lasting contribution to the city around them; buildings that form the backdrop to the city and the theatre of everyday life, but that can be, in themselves, extraordinary.

The principal focus of the practice, therefore, has been the design of everyday buildings in the city. It is our belief that such buildings can, through intelligent design and a professional methodology, be made extraordinary.

More than 30 years of collaboration has reinforced our belief, as architects, that:

  • our work should be driven by a strategic approach to design which recognises that changes in circumstance and context, both during the design and during the life of the building, are inevitable
  • our work should address and enhance its relationship with both the public it serves and the public spaces that surround it, not least by bringing visual delight
  • our work should do more with less; set the best standards of design, regardless of cost or programme; and be open-minded, generous of spirit and ever optimistic
  • our focus is architecture – and the endless testing of the boundaries of its application.

The same period has similarly reinforced our belief, as a business, in:

  • the need to invest in and to nurture the diverse talent across all areas of the practice as a means of sustaining our ambition
  • engaging with and contributing to the wider profession by openly sharing the knowledge and experience we have gained and the lessons we have learned
  • engaging with and contributing to the wider world by sharing our skills and donating our resources in those areas where we believe they will have most impact
  • safeguarding the needs of our clients and the people who will inhabit the places we design
  • the value of long-term relationships built on honesty, professionalism and fairness in our dealings
  • having a broad plan in place, but one which can flex in response to both challenges and opportunities when they present themselves, and which offers the space to pursue ideas
  • placing importance not only on the quality of the practice’s work but on the practice itself
  • the idea that our ambition to make exemplary architecture is underpinned by being a professionally run business.

Read more about our practice’s history and transition to employee ownership here.