Beautiful, sustainable and sound buildings for people, place and planet

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We are ... your careful listeners, rigorous thinkers, innovation-drivers, problem-solvers and sustainability-forgers. We take your ideas and make them better.

Our studio is located by the sea in Brighton and Hove. Ever since our practice was founded in 1958, our mission has been this…

... to create high-quality sustainable design that is aesthetically delightful to see, technically robust, and maintainable


As an RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) chartered architectural practice you can have full confidence that Miller Bourne will always deliver the highest standard of work, professionalism and ethics.

We believe details make perfection – and that perfection isn’t a detail.

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Our portfolio

As one of the leading Architectural Practices in the South East, we have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful clients, on a broad range of building types.

Within our website portfolio we have included some of the projects that we have been involved with over the past 10 years. However, the breadth of our experience goes way beyond these and includes innovation centres, R&D facilities, hospices, residential care and medical facilities as well as one-off houses and urban housing developments.

So if you can’t find a particular type within our online portfolio, please do get in touch and ask.



Miller Bourne is a multi-skilled architecture practice based in the south of England, working in the residential, community, leisure, and commercial sectors.

We also have specialist expertise within the field of educational architecture, with a strong portfolio of educational buildings for both the independent school and state school sectors.

  • "Miller Bourne have worked with ESCC on numerous schools and community projects. Their design solutions are contemporary, innovative, and exciting and also manage to interpret and incorporate the vision of multiple stakeholders. Their expertise with the workings of the local authority – and the broader public sector is highly valued – as is their understanding of the need to achieve financial and sustainable value with their robust, futureproofed and fit for purpose solutions. They’re always friendly, willing to engage, and excellent at collaboration."
    Alice Smyth, Programme Manager, East Sussex County Council
  • "Miller Bourne have produced for us many beautiful buildings with delightful interiors and external elevations that fit well with their settings. Their long experience in the education sector brings a lot of value to me as an estates bursar. I appreciate their attention to detail. They’ll look at a project front to back and back to front and work collaboratively to achieve your goals, rather than ever over-specifying or ‘dictating’. They're pragmatic and practical; they listen; they take your needs on board. Plus, they’re efficient and a pleasure to work with."
    Emma Humphreys, Estate Bursar, Charterhouse School
  • "Miller Bourne have been appointed to lead the proposed new design of a new foundation 2FE (with 3FE components) primary school and nursery facility, as part of a new Rydon Homes housing development. We've found their input invaluable. They’ve worked on a significant number of schools and have strong knowledge and expertise, having worked with commissioning county authorities and private schools. Their guidance of the BB103 guidelines has been very helpful. We’ve found them passionate, professional and efficient and have been impressed with their reactivity and adaptivity and revised solutions, as the proposals have evolved."
    Kate Outterside, Strategic Land Manager, Rydon Homes
  • "Some architects are great at the concept or ideas but less good at delivering. Miller Bourne do both. They're pragmatic and practical. They don’t get wed to their own design philosophy at the expense of the client's budget. They think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to aspirations and produce aesthetic solutions that achieve buildability and affordability. We’ve worked with them on residential and schools projects. I’ve always found them a safe pair of hands with the detailing and delivery. I value their schools expertise and knowledge of the design guidance, and familiarity with STREIF. Plus, they’re a friendly bunch. In this business, relationships are everything. Their team knows how to develop trust and that in turn engenders confidence."
    Robert Atkinson, Head Of Design, Southern Home Counties, Morgan Sindall
  • "Once prospective parents and pupils see our facilities now, the reaction is usually ‘wow!’. For us, Miller Bourne have shown us what’s possible and then made it happen. Their design solutions are always clever, always innovative. They’ve worked as our trusted partners across two decades on multiple projects, most recently the opening of the Nugee and Winn buildings, a £33-million strategic development of our teaching, sports, and dining facilities that coincided with our 150th anniversary. Miller Bourne are a team that bring creativity and ingenuity, but also the nuts and bolts of pragmatism and realism with regards to budget and deliver. I’d highlight, too, their strong relationships with local authorities and tacit understanding of the planning."
    Nick Chapman, Head of Facilities Management, Eastbourne College
  • “We’ve worked with Miller Bourne since 2005. As a practice, they’ve got clout and strong relationships with the independent schools sector and they always deliver an excellent service. They created our college masterplan and their strength, for us, is in their understanding of our 150-acre campus, which presents challenges with its listed buildings and setting. They approach it sympathetically, knowing the fabric but at the same time aren't staid and traditional so we don't lose any innovative flair. They’ve designed and built many of our new building projects, including boarding houses, library, science block, sixth-form centre, and currently a new sports centre and swimming pool.”
    Dan Higgins, CEO, Hurstpierpoint College
  • “Miller Bourne figure among my A-list ‘go-to’ architecture practices. They’re always brilliant – brilliant at translating project requirements into buildable and aesthetically pleasing design solutions; brilliant at communicating with stakeholders, other consultants and us (as contractors), and brilliant at jumping straight onto things. We’ve worked with them on many schools and community projects. They're good at thinking outside the box and picking up the vibe from the client to meet their requirements whilst fitting with constraints. I’d also highlight how proactive and responsive they are with design changes (and the inevitable value engineering exercises…)."
    Jenine Sa Andrade, Design Manager, Baxall Construction