As a Derby architect working across the East Midlands and wider UK, we design everything from sympathetic extensions, remodels and renovations, to complete residential developments and commercial builds.


Whatever your vision, our creative and technically-skilled team can help you transform small Victorian terraces into bright modern homes, bring much-needed space to a family home and add balconies and mezzanines for a dramatic finish, like this project we worked on in Broadway, Derbyshire.

A conservation and heritage specialist, we also design modern living and working spaces that enhance period features.

Our clients include residential developers building luxury apartments, as well as business owners who want to turn impersonal ‘white boxes’ and historic buildings into offices and studios that impress both employees and clients.

In our studio, you’ll find our team of Derby architects, who take on board your ideas and draw up a design that enables you to submit a strong application, with the right specifications for approval. Founding director Elizabeth Rhodes is a leader in the field, and sits on the committee for the RIBA Housing and Planning group.

Located in the Derby city centre, we’re perfectly placed to visit your home or development site, from our free initial consultation to the point when your project is ready to get off the ground. We’re also on the end of a phone, whenever you need to speak to us.

Before joining Swain, members of the team worked on numerous projects in Derby, including:

  • St. James Chambers apartments

  • The redevelopment of the former Robinson’s site off Ascot Drive

  • 554 Duffield Road

  • Willow House.

To find out more about how we helped our clients, visit our project page.