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About Cuppa


Cuppa was born over a curry + a pint between James Brown and Steve Ritchie, stemming from their 15 year working collaboration, and a friendship of nearly twice as long.


After 6 years of study & 5-years designing housing developments, universities & healthcare buildings, James wanted to move back to working on local projects for everyday people, founding Cuppa Architects in 2017 in order focus on what really makes him tick...

Transforming the most important places & spaces: our homes.
James prides himself in being friendly & approachable, enjoys meeting people (+ their pets!) and guiding them through the design, planning & detail processes in a down-to-earth manner.  
Away from the office, James spends time mentoring local students + architecture graduates at UWE, and he is an ambassador for the ABS - a charity focusing on promoting positive mental health + wellbeing in architectural education + the construction industry.
His passions outside of work include spending time with his wife and daughter, watching NFL & running after his dog, Bellatrix. 
5 years on, we are a small, family-run business, and despite an ever busy workload, Steve + James still ensure they find the time to enjoy a well-earned tea, curry + a pint.
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