Jon has all round experience of new build and refurbishment working in local authority, large commercial, small private practice and co-operative settings.

He brings together imaginative, rigorous thinking and sound practical experience of building.

Particular experience and expertise in timber design and engineering, low energy, sustainable design and construction and community led projects.

Project Management of self-help projects from inception, through funding, organization, design, scheduling of materials, cost control, programming and site management.

Previous Employment

Jon Broome Architects from 2000-2018.  Private practice working on Passivhaus homes for housing associations and private clients. Voted Sustainable Social Housing Design Consultancy of the year 2010. Strategic consultant to RUSS a CLT developing a sustainable neighbourhood in Lewisham since its inception in 2012.

Founding Director of Architype in the 90’s working largely in the public sector specializing in low energy design, timber frame construction, participatory design and sustainable building.

Collaboration with Florian Beigel on the award winning New Half Moon Theatre.

Joint architect with Walter Segal on Lewisham self-build projects in the 80’s.

Commercial work in the Caribbean including on the New Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago and a new international airport in Tobago.

Partnership with Simon Conder. Winners of RIBA Open competition for Stradbroke Rural Workshops, Suffolk. Civic Trust Commendation & British Steel Award 1986.

Worked on council housing in Lewisham in the 70’s.


Author of ‘The Green Self-Build Book’ 2007

Chapter in ‘Architecture and Participation’ Spon Press 2005 Edited By Peter Blundell Jones, Doina Petrescu, Jeremy Till

Contributor to ‘Housing & the Environment’ published by the Chartered Institute of Housing 1994.

Co-author of ‘The Self-Build Book’ 1991 with Brian Richardson

Special Issue of the Architect’s Journal on ‘The Segal Method’ 1986

Principle awards

1983 Winner with Simon Conder of RIBA Open architectural competition for Stradbroke Rural Workshops, Suffolk. Civic Trust Commendation & British Steel Award in 1986

1987 Community Enterprise Award for Walter’s Way self-build project presented by Prince Charles & UN Year of Shelter for the Homeless Award presented by the Secretary General of the UN in New York.

1997 DOE/RIBA/NHBC Housing Design Award for Diggers self-build Brighton

2000 Homes 2000 Innovation Award for housing in Liverpool

2002 Civic Trust Special Mention for Matzdorf House in Islington

2007 Guildford Green Homes Housing Corporation Gold Award

2010 Jon Broome Architects Sustainable Social Housing Design Consultancy of the year

2013 Shortlisted for Self-Build on a Shoestring competition

2014 Finalist Sunday Times British Homes Award Finalist


Studio lecturing Cheltenham Architectural School, University of East London and London Metropolitan University.

External examiner : University of Nottingham B Arch and Sheffield Hallam University MSc Technical Architecture

Voluntary Sector

Currently Design Advisor for RUSS.

ex Executive Committee member of NaCSBA, National Custom & Self-Build Association, with responsibility for Group Custom & Self-Build

Member London Borough of Lewisham Planning Design Panel 2005 – 2012

Founder Trustee of the Walter Segal Self-Build Trust in 1986 with the aim of developing the social self-build sector in Britain.

ex Management committee member Construction Industry Environment Forum, CIEF.