Hello, we are George and Ewald and we are really passionate about architecture and how it can transform peoples lives. We are architects and together we run a practice called Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects (our surnames in case you were wondering…).
We are also presenters on ITV’s Love Your Home and Garden where, alongside Alan Titchmarsh, Katie Rushworth and builder Kunle Barker we transform the homes and gardens of deserving people across the country.
We have years of experience designing peoples homes and we want to share our knowledge and our passion with as many people as possible.
A bit about our company
We both originally met in 2003 at Liverpool University, where we were studying architecture. After our studies we spent a year together travelling around Europe in Betsy, our green VW camper van. Before setting up the company we both worked for large architecture companies and had grown dissatisfied with never being able to engage directly with the people using the buildings we were designing. So we went back to small scale and started on our own.
We started Bradley Van Der Straeten architects in 2010 and for the first few years it was just the two of us, working in each others living rooms in Hackney, North London. Demand for our work grew very steadily and new work was based fully on word of mouth recommendation. This meant the way we worked was important, we had to make sure that everything we were doing would result in happy clients who would go on to recommend us.
Steadily over the years we have expanded and relocated to our current office, overlooking London Fields in North London. Our core business specialises in working directly with families to transform their homes, but the skills we have developed in working on these projects has also translated very well to working with small charity and arts organisations, who also have to think very carefully about how they spend their money and care very deeply about the people occupying their buildings.
We love our company and pride ourselves on having a very talented team who work in a friendly and productive environment. Just as it was important to us when we set up the company, everybody who works with us engages directly with the people they are designing for and get to enjoy the pleasure of seeing peoples homes and spaces transformed.
If you would like to meet our team or see some of the lovely projects we have created, please visit our website.