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About Us

Who we are.

Welcome to JRD, an RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice based in West Malling specialising in residential design. At our core is a personal & practical approach to design drawing upon our wealth of experience and expertise to deliver value to our clients.


With a passion for sustainable design, we strongly believe that good architecture should be accessible to all and should not cost the earth! 


What we do.

We have experience with all types of projects from small-scale designs like internal renovations, loft conversions and extensions, scaling all the way up to larger projects like barn conversions, luxury new-builds, and country estates. 


Some of our favourites have been the smaller & trickier projects! (See our garden room in Frant Road and you will see why)


Where we work.

Being located in the heart of Kent we are fortunate to work in some truly stunning locations calling upon the relationships we have formed with Local Authorities and a diverse range of consultants whom we can recommend. Combined with our track record of gaining planning approvals for properties in conservation areas and with historic importance, we are well-equipped to help guide you through the planning process. 


Who we work with.

We appreciate that everyone is unique and how we use and experience our homes is a personal thing. That is why we tailor our service to you. Every one of our projects starts with us meeting you so that we can see your home, listen to what your aim is and discuss how we can help you achieve it. 


From first-time Clients who benefit from having the process broken up into manageable steps to our many repeat Clients looking to take their home to the next level, we would love to hear from you and see how we can help you achieve your dream home.

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© 2024 JRD Kent Ltd

James Rich
Director of JRD
BA'Hons, M'Arch, PDAP, ARB, RIBA

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Believing that good design should be accessible to everyone, JRD was established in 2018 with the mission of providing a professional and affordable service to help people achieve their dream homes. James is a RIBA chartered architect with experience in over 100 projects across the UK, ranging from small extensions to luxury homes, with a broad understanding of the design process from start to finish.

"Every project presents its own unique challenges, giving us the task of identifying opportunities to create something engaging and distinctive. From the biggest challenges come the richest rewards!"

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Design Services

We offer a range of design services including the following, and if you cannot see what you are looking for, we would be happy to discuss a bespoke service to better meet your needs.


  • Full Service (Concept to Completion),

  • Reduced Service (Concept, Planning and Building Regulations),

  • Site Appraisals,

  • Preliminary Design Reviews,

  • Permitted Development Designs & Applications,

  • Preliminary Applications (or Pre-Applications),

  • Planning Applications within Conservation Areas, the Green Belt, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,

  • Listed Building Consents,

  • Building Regulation Drawings & Applications,

  • Tender Packages,

  • Construction Drawings,

  • On-Site Monitoring.

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JRD EcoHub

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, from concept to completion! 

That is why we are proud to be launching our 'Eco Series', diving into sustainable design principles to help our Clients make greener choices.

Sustainable architecture is a powerful tool in the fight for environmental protection. Utilising the buildings we own instead of demolishing them, switching to green energy, and encouraging wildlife into our gardens are all examples of ways eco-friendly buildings can benefit our everyday lives, our communities, and the planet.

With this, our ‘Eco Series’ blog posts share how JRD incorporates sustainable design into our projects, how you can adopt these principles in your own home, and how small changes can make a big difference.

Click on the link below to learn more!

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