ZCD Architects was set up in 2013 by Zoe Smith, Cordula Weisser and Dinah Bornat who have combined their experience in designing and delivering high quality buildings to create a strong practice with new ideas.


We work on a variety of projects across the private and public sectors, offering a range of services from feasibility studies and urban design proposals to the delivery of small scale bespoke projects and larger new build developments.


We have a particular expertise in gaining planning permission and funding for new proposals in sensitive locations and tight sites.
Our work on private houses brings an attention to detail and we welcome new clients who are looking for this kind of work. We have recently been working on a number of refurbishments of ex local authority homes across London and are developing a language for the refurbishment of these properties; responding to their unique rhythm of spaces. This has lead us to new types of extensions and a particular palette of materials and finishes.


ZCD Architects have an evidence based research programme that offers a unique level of knowledge to our clients. We use it to inform the development of a number of our projects, to collaborate with others and to drive further research in key areas. Our current programme focuses on housing and will involve publications and presentations throughout 2016.


We are a design lead practice and bring integrity and a considered approach to our work.


ZCD Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice.