Studio Octopi was established in 2003 by James Lowe and Chris Romer-Lee.
The practice has achieved notable success for creating inventive and considered architecture. The practice is committed to creating responses that are appropriate to the social, cultural and historic context of a given location.
Studio Octopi believes in an architecture centred on place and people, often referencing the thrill of the theatre, the analytical approach to archaeology or how a particular site fits within the wider landscape, urban or rural.
Studio Octopi’s work spans many sectors, including arts, schools, leisure, commercial and private houses. Working on a broad spectrum of projects provides a fertile hub of collaboration, experimentation and experience.
The practice’s work and thinking has been widely published in the UK and global press. The Directors have spoken at major conferences and events (including TEDx) most notably for their work on Thames Baths and passion for increasing access to underused urban waterways.
Directors James Lowe and Chris Romer-Lee have taught at the London School of Architecture and Kent University, and been visiting critics at various universities. Studio Octopi is a RIBA Chartered Practice.