Shirin Alavi Architects is a Bristol based practice, dedicated to creating innovative and beautiful architecture, sensitive to its natural environment.

We focus on private residential projects that range from renovations and conversions to extensions and bespoke new build houses. We aim to create contemporary design distinct from, yet respectful towards, the existing context, driven by a strong belief in a higher quality design solution. We opt for a low maintenance, energy efficient construction and where possible utilise non-mechanical heating and ventilation such as passive solar design.

As a RIBA Chartered practice and registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB), we work to a rigorous set of professional standards and are subject to their codes of conduct. We act as the client’s representative and advise on any issues affecting the quality, time or cost of a project. For clients looking to select us to work with them on domestic projects, we use the RIBA Domestic Project Agreement, providing a secure contract document for our appointment.

SelfShirin Alavi  BA (Hons), DipArch, PgDip, RIBA, ARB
Shirin was born in Brighton in 1977. She studied Architecture at Kingston University in London, where she obtained her BA (Hons), Graduate Diploma (DipArch) and a Professional Practice in Architecture (PgDip) in 2006.

To date, Shirin has gained over ten years of experience with architectural firms worldwide. This includes working with internationally acclaimed Foster + Partners and more recently with award-winning Panter Hudspith Architects, before establishing Shirin Alavi Architects in 2012. At Panter Hudspith Architects (2008-12), Shirin was Project Architect for a number of private residential projects, including the renovation of a late 18th century, Grade II Listed house in the Convent Garden Conservation Area of Central London. She was also involved with a variety of public projects including the Oxford Castle Heritage Museum, Westminster Abbey Cellarium Café, and the Howard of Effingham School.

Since the establishment of Shirin Alavi Architects, Shirin has worked on numerous residential projects and has freelanced for an architectural practice within London’s ‘Super Prime’ residential sector. More recently, Shirin has enjoyed expanding her knowledge on the use of natural building materials and traditional techniques through a hands-on role within a small building workforce.

Shirin speaks fluent English and Farsi and has a keen interest in straw bale construction and bee-centred beekeeping.

Roundhouse and bier shelter at Westmill Woodland Burial Ground