Ström Architects is an award-winning, contemporary boutique architecture practice in Hampshire. We specialise  in unique modern houses, complete renovations, as well as multi occupancy residential projects. 

The practice was founded in New Forest by Magnus Ström in 2010.

Magnus's passion lies in the area of smaller scale works - in particular one-off houses. In order to be able to refine his vision he set up his own practice with a strong focus on the design and delivery of unique homes, both in the UK and abroad.

Our approach to architecture is not superficial or purely for effect. As a practice, we seek foundation in the basics of human life (the client), and nature (the site/ environment). This inspires our designs and how we create spaces. Through a continuous and careful dialogue with structure, details, material and order, we seek a holistic and tectonic approach in realising the architectural ideas. Technology permits our architecture, but our architecture is not defined by it. Instead it helps us to build efficiently in a way that is integral to the architecture as well as being sustainable.

With Magnus hailing from Sweden, there is undeniably a ‘Swedishness' to our work. This is not necessarily just about Scandinavian Design, but rather about a way of life. Swedish Functionalism was born out of a belief in humanism, tradition, moderation, handcrafted perfectionism, modesty, quietude and purposefulness. Coupled with the dark, cold winters and long, light summers, the Swedes were searching for an architecture that combined simplicity with beauty, humanism and democratic ideals, whilst connecting with nature. The practice goes back to the roots of those beliefs time and time again, as they are as valid today as they were back then.

These principles inform a way of life that we identify with, and which we try to reflect in our architecture.

We strive to create buildings that do not shout, but have an architectural solution that comes across as understated, yet powerful and with soul.

Perhaps because the practice is young, we don’t have pre-conceived ideas about what a house design should be like. Instead we approach each job as a unique task. This leads to personalised solutions for our clients that are tailored to their individual needs. A large part of the practice ethos is about focusing on the client and their needs, relating to them and listening to them so that they can live in, and be inspired by the spaces that we create for them.

We are currently working on several private houses within the UK ranging from Devon to Norfolk, as well as projects in Sweden and USA.

Ström Architects is a Chartered Practice recognised by the Royal Institute of Architects accreditation scheme.

…You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work. But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: 'This is beautiful.' That is Architecture. Art enters in.
(Le Corbusier, Vers Une Architecture, 1923)


Ström Architects is a small boutique practice, and we want to stay small.
This is the only way we can give clients the undivided attention to detail that we believe is required for a highly bespoke and individual service.


Magnus Ström, Director

Magnus came from Sweden to study architecture at Portsmouth University in 1995, graduating at the top of his class with a first in his BA (Hons) Degree, and winning two awards for degree projects. After working for a time in London and Winchester, he continued his studies and gained a Distinction in his Diploma. He also received the post-graduate RIBA South Region Award for outstanding design work, and was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal.

After graduating, Magnus joined the esteemed Dublin practice deBlacam & Meagher Architects where he worked for a year. He was then invited to join John Pardey Architects in 2002 South England where he spent 8 years – latterly as a Director of the practice. His work included residential, educational and commercial projects - both for private and public sector clients. He was responsible for the conception and design of numerous private houses, as well as running several large-scale, mixed-use projects in London, Dublin and the USA.

Ström Architects was formed in 2010, and is an award-winning boutique architects’ practice, focusing on one-off contemporary residential projects in the UK and abroad.


Emma Ward-Lambert, Associate
BSc MArch, ARB

Emma was born and grew up in Hong Kong, moving to the UK in the ‘90s for education. She studied her Bachelor and Master degrees at Cardiff University, latterly focusing on environmental psychology and the relationship between buildings, users and behaviour.

She briefly returned to Hong Kong between her studies, working on a number of large housing developments in the Middle East and India, before coming back to the UK. On her return she took up a position at John Pardey Architects - where Magnus was a practice director - and their professional relationship was founded, particularly as they shared a love of one-off, contemporary houses. Here, she was able to focus her interest and work on such projects, in and around the South coast.

Most recently she has spent several years at ArchitecturePLB in Winchester, where her experience expanded to cover schools and colleges, university faculty buildings, housing developments and student residences.

Emma joined Ström Architects in early 2014, and her move back to the New Forest also marks a return to the design and construction of private homes, where her primary interest in architecture lies.

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Hugh Richardson, Associate
BA (Hons) DipArch ARB

Hugh graduated with a distinction for his Diploma of Architecture from Portsmouth University in 2000, which is where he first met Magnus Ström. He spent the following four years working at the award-winning London based practice WilkinsonEyre Architects, working on a variety of projects including the Museum of London and two schemes for City and Islington College.

Leaving London in 2004, Hugh moved to Lymington and accepted a position at John Pardey Architects, where he became an Associate working on a number of projects including private houses, schools and health care facilities.

In 2009 Hugh joined Winchester-based Design Engine Architects where he worked as Project Architect for the new Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey.  After his return to John Pardey Architects in 2011, he progressed to being Technical Director in 2016. 

In 2018 Hugh joined Ström Architects as an Associate with responsibility for building procurement overseeing the studio’s production information and technical design.


James Chapman, Senior Architect
BA (Hons) PG Dip Arch ARB

James studied architecture at South Bank University in London qualifying as an architect in 2005.  After working at a number of design-led studios he joined Richard Rogers Partnership (now RSH+P), where he worked for 4 years as an architect on a number of high profile projects,  including the Leadenhall Building, Riverlight (a large mixed use development close to Battersea Power Station on the south bank of the River Thames), and a number of other residential and commercial projects.

Leaving London in 2010, James joined John Pardey Architects where he was responsible for the design and construction of two large bespoke private homes, including Trewarren House which received a 2013 RIBA Regional Award and the 2013 Gold Medal for Architecture in Wales.

James then moved to a senior position at OB Architecture in Winchester helping to grow the practice and designing a number of bespoke extensions and newbuild private houses.  James strives for an architecture that is clear and logical, to create delightful crafted spaces enhanced by a careful choice of materials.  James joined Ström Architects in September 2017 to pursue his passion for one-off, contemporary houses.


Will Mouland, Architect
BA Hons, M'Arch, ARB

Born and raised in the New Forest, Will studied towards his Bachelor degree at the University of Portsmouth. After qualifying, he worked in London and Winchester for a large multi-disciplinary practice where he focused on hotels, luxury retail and masterplanning housing developments. Will returned to Portsmouth for his masters and went on to work for a design-led studio, where his experience expanded to cover specialist schools & colleges and high-end residential developments. It was here that he realised his true love was for contemporary, beautifully crafted, one-off homes.

In 2015, Will moved to Mclean Quinlan Architects in Winchester to pursue a career in contemporary residential architecture. Here he worked as Project Architect on a number of new build private homes.  Will loves working with the play of light and materials to design carefully crafted spaces that delight. To further broaden his experience in bespoke residential architecture, Will returned to the Forest to join Ström Architects in March 2018.


Jandre Grobler, Architectural Assistant
BA Hons in Architecture & Dip. Architectural Design Technology

Jandre joined the practice in early 2017 as an Architectural Assistant.  Born and bred in South Africa, Jandre has studied and lived in a few different locations.  He studied Interior Design in Atlanta, Georgia and then moved to the UK - firstly to Glyndwr University in Wales where he gained a diploma in Architectural Design Technology, and then latterly to Central Saint Martins in London where he became a Part 1 graduate of Architecture.

Jandre’s unusual route into architecture, encompassing art, interior design and technology brings a practical and creative ability to his work with Strom Architects. It is here – through a shared philosophy – where he intends to further develop his skill-set and love for the contemporary. 

When he is not exploring the New Forest (accompanied by his Siberian Husky), his broader interest extends to research, with a focus on an understanding of architecture as violent practice.

Jandre will continue his education in time to come, but for now is very much enjoying life in Lymington as well as furthering his knowledge and experience as part of the SA Team.


Laurie Ström, Marketing Co-ordinator / Office Manager

Laurie joined the practice in 2016 to help with the growing business, and to manage all the marketing and publicity.  She works 3 days a week as a holiday from bringing up the 2 year-old Ström prodigal son / future Superstar architect.

Please direct all press, marketing and general office enquiries to her directly.



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