About Us

SCd Architects Ltd is a design led practice based in south west London. Quality of design is our core focus, however we do not believe that this should be at the expense of two other central issues: affordability and deliverability.  At SCd we enjoy working closely with our clients with a passion to exceed aspirations. We aim to de-mystify the architectural process through transparent analysis, option appraisal and design development resulting in projects that are appropriate, elegant and importantly, enjoyable.

The design practice was formed by Stephen Clifton in 2008 following fifteen years experience as a principle member of the design and management team for a large awarding winning national practice of Architects in the UK. During this time extensive experience was gained in key sectors of the construction industry enabling SCd Architects to provide architectural services in the following sectors Housing, Education, Retail and Commercial, Arts and Leisure, Masterplanning and Regeneration.

We are experienced in all work stages from brief development and concept proposals to the preparation of detailed planning applications through to detailed development and site operations. We are also regularly asked to undertake site and options appraisals which enables our clients to quickly and cost effectively assess the viability of future development opportunities.

We have been voted Winner of the Guildford Borough Council Design Awards for 2011-2013 by a panel of regional Architects and Landscape Architects and also finalists in the RIBA South / South East Architecture Awards 2014 for Chalk Ridge.

SCd Architects carries full Professional Indemnity Insurance.

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Latest Happenings

  • Birds Hill Road Site Progress

    Birds Hill Road Site Progress

    Ground and first floor slabs have now been cast, blockwork external walls constructed. Roof timbers are due to be installed over the next week. Watertight by Christmas.

  • Catherine's Walk Wins GDA 2017

    Catherine's Walk Wins GDA 2017

    Catherine’s Walk on Chestnut Avenue in Guildford won a Commendation in the Guildford Design Awards 2017.  The second time SCd have been winners in the Guildford Design Awards.

  • Farnham Road

    Working with Levanter Developments, planning has been achieved under Delegated powers for this residential scheme of 14 contemporary apartments on Farnham Road in the centre of Guildford.  Construction is now well underway

    Farnham Road
  • Alvaston


    Working closely with Levanter Developments planning has just been secured on this 4 storey apartment building in Guildford town centre.  The scheme is comprised of fourteen 1 and 2 bed apartments including undecroft car parking.

  • Filming at Chalk Ridge

    Filming at Chalk Ridge

    UPDATE: This aired on the 6pm ITV News on the 16th September. You can watch it again by following this link (towards the bottom of the page).

    Local ITV News selected 5 of the RIBA South / South East Architectural Awards Finalist to appear on TV and Chalk Ridge was amongst those 5. Steve spent a very sunny day explaining how the final design evolved and extolling the virtues of a great architect / client relationship.

  • Catherine’s Walk Guildford

    Construction works are nearing completion at Catherine Walk in Guildford

    Catherine’s Walk Guildford
  • 2014 RIBA Manser Medal

    SCd have been selected from the winners of the Reginal RIBA Awards 2014 to appear on the longlist for the RIBA Manser Medal.

    "The 2014 RIBA Manser Medal longlist reveals the most innovative, sustainable and beautiful new homes to have been completed in the past year. The exciting line-up is a testimony to the wonderful talent and achievements of some of the UK’s best architects."  RIBA President Stephen Hodder.

    2014 RIBA Manser Medal
  • Chalking Up Awards

    Chalking Up Awards


    Online article with pictures and a video interview with Steve and Briege can be found on the getsurrey website by clicking here

    Feature length article in the local newspaper The Surrey Advertiser.  Chalk Ridge does the double!

  • Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge appears in the AJ

    Chalk Ridge has appeared in the AJ along with other condenders for the RIBA Awards 2014.

  • Winning night at RIBA South East

    Winning night at RIBA South East

    Chalk Ridge was announced as an Award winner at the RIBA Regional Awards Ceremony held in Weybridge on the 8th May. Our clients joined us for the evening to celebrate the success that was bestowed on their new home.

    Chalk Ridge now becomes a double award winner.

    Winning night at RIBA South East