Practice profile

IPT Architects is an award-winning RIBA Chartered practice that was founded in 2003 by Amira Idris and Lee Town, and its energetic studio is located in central London. Both partners have worked on projects throughout the UK and Continental Europe, including Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Montenegro.

IPTA works at all scales from product design to residential, education, commercial and public projects, and has a diverse portfolio of completed work. The practice has private, commercial and public sector clients and has wide experience of working on projects in diverse locations, from tight urban spaces to controversial rural sites. They are experienced in maximising development opportunities and in negotiating planning consents on sensitive sites.

Our open plan studio provides the infrastructure for creative and energetic thinking. Our projects are informed by a rigorous research into materials, construction techniques, sustainability and a sensitive approach to place. Having a workshop in-house allows us to test and experiment with diverse materials and modern method of construction by creating mock-ups of building fragments. This way we maintain absolute control over the entire process and ensure that the integrity of our design and its execution is always met.

IPTA is recognized for its work in architecture that has been internationally published .The practice has won a number of awards for its projects, including RIBA Awards and an Award for Innovation in Interactive Public Space, UK. IPT Architects was also finalist of the Young Architects of the Year in 2011.

Practice approach

We are very interested in the multilayered and often complex journey of architecture, and how contemporary society influences our approach to practice and making places. We believe in the value of powerful ideas that are embedded in the built form regardless of its scale. Our design emerges from close examination of the site’s qualities and its context whilst creating a contemporary and sustainable building embodying high quality design and craftsmanship. Our aim is always to deliver projects on budget and on time without compromising on the quality of the design by ensuring a methodical dialogue with our clients, stakeholders and collaborators. We focus on creating architectural solutions that not only respond sensitively to the site and the environment, but also are innovative, practical and delightful. Ultimately, every building we create is designed to make people’s life better.

We continually explore the boundaries of the profession of architecture within the broader context, which has motivated us to work beyond the traditional practice model by collaborating with other creative and commercial industries. This has allowed us to be proactively engaged and involved architecturally in the complete process of creating and making buildings. We have been inspired to think laterally, which continues to enrich our experiences within a multifaceted practice.

Press & Awards


Publication: Book ‘Nomadic Living’ 
Date: 1st edition 2018

Publication: Financial Times
Date: September 2017

Publication: Blueprint
Book of Winners 2017

Publication: Studio
Date: March 2016

Publication: Blueprint 342
Blueprint Awards – the shorlist
Date: September/October 2015

Publication: Inhabit – architecture today
Date: July 2015

Publication: The RIBA Journal
The Awards 2015
Date: June 2015

Publication: The Sunday Times
Date: 04/05/2014
Revealed: the seven best new designer homes in Britain

Publication: Book ‘Workplaces Today’ by Juriaan van Meel
Date: Published 2014

Publication: Book ‘1000 Tips by 100 Eco Architects’
Date: Published 2012

Publication: Building Design
Date: 07/10/2011
Article Tile: BD’s Young Architects of the Year
Shortlist announced

Publication: Book ‘1000 European Architecture’
Date: Published 2011

Publication: Book ‘Low Price Houses’
Date: Published 2010

Publication: Book ‘Traum Hauser unter 200.00 Euro’ by Christian Troester
Date: Published 2010

Publication: Evening Standard
Date: 31/03/2010
Article Title: Very Cool Parents Get It Sorted

Publication: Daily Telegraph
Date: 27/03/2010
Article title: Grand Designs

Publication: The Independent
Date: 17/03/2010
Article title: Green, stylish and……

Publication: The Sunday Telegraph
Date: 11/10/2009

Publication: Evening Standard
Date: 29/07/2009

Publication: Ryanair Inflight Magazine
Date: 16/04/ 2009
Article title: Tips and Debate

Publication: London Lite
Date: 22/04/2009

Publication: Ottagono Publication
Date: 01/082008

Publication: Avivre
Date: 01/04/2008

Publication: Image Interiors
Date: 1st February 2008
Article title: Meerkat Manor

Publication: T3Home
Date: 01/07/2007
Article title: Great Escapes

Publication: Map Mag
Date: 01/10/2007
Article title: Village Direction

Publication: In-Flight magazine of easyjet
Date: 01/09/2007
Article title: House to Go

Publication: The Daily Telegraph
Date: 30/05/2006
Article title: Richard Dorment reviews the outstanding new Constable Exhibition

Publication: Esquire
Date: 01/06/2006

Publication: Building Design
Date: 18/11/2005
Article Tile: How we cracked it.


Architects of the Year Awards 2019
Finalist for Sustainability Architect of the Year

AJ Retrofit Awards 2019
Garden Wall Consulting Room – Finalist

Blueprint Awards 2017
Best Sustainable Project, Ecospace Spinney

Architect of the Year Awards 2016
Shortlisted for Individual House Category

Winner of the Supreme Award 2016
Surface Design Awards 2016
Howe Farm

Housing Category Winner
Surface Design Awards 2016
Howe Farm

Blueprint Awards 2015
Best Non-Public Use Project – Residential
Howe Farm shortlisted

Architecture Awards 2015
Award for Innovation in Interactive Public Space – UK
IPT Architects Winner

World Architecture Festival Awards 2015
Howe Farm finalist

RIBA Award 2015
South Regional Award 2015
Howe Farm won

RIBA Award 2015
South Special Award 2015 Small Project of the Year
Howe Farm won

Architect of the Year Awards 2014
London Triumph Pavilion 2014 shortlisted

ArchTriumph International Competition
2014 London Pavilion @ V&A Childhood of Museum
IPT Architects – 1st Place Winner

Home of the Year, Grand Designs Awards 2014
Aggie Retreat shortlisted

New London Architecture _ Don’t Move, Improve! Awards 2014
Alaska Apartment shortlisted

Young Architect of the Year Award 2011
IPT Architects finalist