About Us

Who We Are

Self Architects was established 40 years ago and provides Architectural, Interior Design and Masterplanning services to local, national and international organisations.

White Design was incorporated into the practice in 2012 to offer a greater breadth of services and sectors. Self subsequently joined the Trebbi companies, to benefit from the wider multidisciplinary consultancy expertise and a shared business support structure.

Our service philosophy is simple; we listen carefully to our client’s needs, consult and collaborate in formulating and agreeing a detailed brief, then create innovative, attractive design solutions. We have invested significantly in BIM and Revit and are delivering complex collaborative designs to BIM level 2 and beyond. We currently operate from our studios in London and Sheffield, allowing us to support our expanding national client base.

What We Do

Our work covers a diverse portfolio of projects in a wide range of sectors including:

  • Residential
  • Student Living
  • Leisure
  • Retail
  • Mixed Use/Commercial
  • Healthcare

Our People

Self employs individuals who are committed to creating excellent projects and so people are central to the success of our practice. Recruiting, developing and retaining the right staff is vital and we pride ourselves on adopting a friendly, open approach. We have a very low staff turnover, indeed more than half of our staff have worked for the company for over ten years.

We support and encourage all our staff to fully engage with the profession and help them develop to their full potential. We abide by the RIBA Code of Professional Conduct and comply with their requirements providing a full programme of continuing professional development.

Our Approach

We aim to deliver design excellence based on sustainable building solutions and our individual approach is summarised below:

  • Easy to work with and friendly  - we have a ‘no ego’ culture
  • We assure our clients of unrivalled sector-specific knowledge
  • We highly value the continuity of personal relationships with our clients and fellow consultants
  • Creative Minds: Commercially Minded  - our aim is to balance both commercial and aesthetic drivers
  • Strong on Delivery - timely delivery is one of our key strengths
  • Client interactions are focused on being clear and informative, we are hands-on with senior involvement in every project
  • We are flexible and responsive encouraging a team approach
  • Advanced technology  - we use BIM technology for all projects.

Our Communities

Along with our commercial work, from time to time, we also carry out projects on a “pro bono” basis for worthy causes and this includes our recent scheme for the Temple Park Centre in Sheffield, which gained planning approval in August 2019.

The former William Temple Church, has been a community resource and place of worship in the heart of Manor Park for more than 50 years. The Manor Church and Community Project is a charitable organisation and local ecumenical partnership which provides vital support for local people and families.

The Centre has developed as a multi-use community hub, used by a range of groups including after school and childcare facilities. A programme of major refurbishment work has commenced, and the client is working with Self to draw up a phased package of works including creating more multi-use space, café and soft play area, a new main entrance and reception, and improved disabled access.

Part of Trebbi

Self is part of Trebbi, a unique structure of businesses with shared vision, mission and values, that provide Consultancy, Engineering and Design services within the built environment.

The Trebbi structure allows each company to focus on its individual cutting-edge expertise, maintaining independence and flexibility, whilst benefiting from a shared business support infrastructure.