You don't have to be a brutalist to be a modernist

JOHNSTON CAVE ASSOCIATES is a 18 strong, Chartered architectural practice, based near Oxford, but working on projects throughout the UK.

As architects, we strive to provide high quality service and excellence of design. We specialise in private house work and work to historic buildings. For most of our projects, these two aspects are combined. Through our commissions from individual private clients, we have gained considerable experience with the careful, sensitive design and construction of substantial buildings in established settings, more than often combined with the alteration of listed buildings and landscapes.

Listed as one of Britain's best architects in Country Life top 100 architects

Wider recognition of our work is wonderful and especially gratifying when we find ourselves in Country Life's top 100 architects in Britain. 

Working with, and in the context of, historic buildings, we have developed expertise in the integration of new designs and modern services into existing historic fabric. This includes repair, restoration and conservation work. We are very comfortable working with private clients as part of a design team with other consultants, and we are used to working with skilled, respected and specialist contractors to produce high quality work.

At JCA, we have facilities for design and construction team meetings with extensive computer based drawing and in-house printing facilities.

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The team of senior and experienced architects collaborating with designers and technicians, equipped with a breadth of knowledge of traditional and contemporary construction, ensures an approach to design that can deal with the modern demands made of building in an historic context.


Johnston Cave Associates have acquired considerable experience in working successfully with historic buildings, often in a domestic context. Our core skills are founded in the repair, alteration and adaption of historic buildings in sensitive locations, to provide discreet, sophisticated, highly serviced buildings meeting all the needs of contemporary family life without sacrificing the charm, character and qualities of the historic house.

As a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice, a professional, considerate and discreet service is assured. As well as our core domestic projects, we also have a long track record in Corporate, Academic, Collegiate, Religious, Governmental and other building for a wide variety of Clients.

High Quality, imaginative structures

JCA have deservedly gained a reputation as architects for the design and construction of very high quality buildings for a number of discerning clients. We work with our clients to produce imaginative yet practical buildings with enduring qualities of appearance and texture.

We work with high quality specialists to apply traditional materials and craft skills in a contemporary manner and in careful repairs. Our buildings are expected to serve our clients and their families for generations.