One of Cornwall’s largest and fastest growing architectural practices is celebrating its 21st birthday this year.
In this time CSA Architects has undertaken over 2500 projects, from small domestic extensions to the masterplanning of town expansions for 750 houses and mixed use commercial development.
The practice was founded by Christopher Smith who remains a director to this day. Originally CSA had a strong reputation for small residential and listed buildings but today their reputation is more widespread, including residential, commercial and industrial. When founded in 1990 projects ranged in value from £9000-£90,000, now the range is from £90,000 – £90 million.
Managing Director Justin Dodge is the longest serving member of the team, having been at CSA for over 13 years.
“CSA Architects has developed substantially in its 21 years. When I joined we would mainly draw by hand while today we provide a totally multi-disciplinary service working from concept to completion on an enormous variety of projects. “
“New technology has played an important part in our rise but it’s dedication and passion that drives the company forward. I have never before worked with so many people that love what they do. None of our clients get a standard service, it’s all bespoke. We pride ourselves on excellent communication with our clients so that we can provide them with what they really want. I am very proud of our portfolio of work.”
Today CSA employs an urban designer, a planning consultant, landscape architect, environmental specialist, financial advisor and other experts to ensure that projects are best managed from start to finish, offering a holistic, integrated service.
Residential projects worthy of ‘Grand Design’ quality are increasingly popular. The multi-disciplinary capability of the practice means that clients get a true ‘one-off’ design which is recognised by the high calibre of buildings that they produce and the resulting client testimonials.
CSA is well known to be commercially astute since its MD’s background is in property and valuation. It has also broken a glass ceiling by being invited into the Cornwall Council’s framework of architects.
In these tough economic times, it is refreshing to see a company celebrating its achievements and longevity. It is testimony to CSA that it continues to work on such varied projects and celebrate the major milestones, building on its success and experience for all future projects.
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