Kirkham Sheidow Architects was founded in Suffolk in 1999 by Paul Kirkham and Jane Sheidow. Our practice values logical, simple design solutions which achieve success and delight through balanced problem solving and attention to detail.  Our work has always been about making the most of each opportunity.

We are committed to imaginative architecture with a strong connection to its environment and enjoy celebrating the inherent beauty of materials as well as their response to context.  Maximising light and fresh air, considering longevity, sustainability and maintenance inspires our sense of making spaces and contributes to our focus on healthy buildings. 


We have a diverse range of residential, commercial and community project experience and provide a complete range of architectural services from feasibility studies and concept design to technical detailing and onsite construction supervision with contract administration.

We combine strength in design solutions, with technical knowledge and effective project delivery.


Our approach is collaborative, building a dialogue with the client and other consultants.

From the outset, we aim to keep our clients informed about what is, and will be happening next, in their project.  Their needs and aspirations are our guiding principle and priority, and we regularly develop cost information concurrently with design proposals to guide and support decision-making.


Building successfully is a process, a series of good and timely decisions that begins with the initial inkling of a project and seeking the right advice.  It requires awareness of a variety of constraints as well as the ability and experience to see the possibilities. 

Helping a client establish their brief with regard to their budget; addressing relevant Planning legislation and Building Regulations approvals; considering further requirements such as rights-of-light, Listed Buildings, the Party Wall Act:  each of these is a necessary layer.  Unifying and leading this activity is the design process itself, always endeavouring to maximise benefit and enjoyment:  better buildings = calm, fitter, happier people.