About

our team

Common Ground Architecture is a new type of design studio; we bridge the worlds of private and public sector bringing the best from each. We are down to earth, practical designers who believe characterful and joyful architecture should be an everyday staple for everyone. Award winning from the outset, we strive to create places that people are proud of and will enjoy for generations to come.

Brick by Brick is our parent company, and as such we bring holistic development knowledge to every project we are involved with. Based in Croydon and born from the public sector we are experts in realising the potential in the forgotten places. As Common Ground we are free to collaborate with other local authorities, developers and designers, our profits are returned to Croydon Council as our sole shareholder.

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Chloë Phelps

Chloë heads up Common Ground Architecture, building on the portfolio of work she has lead at Brick by Brick since its conception in 2015 and the Development Directorate at Croydon Council. She has been instrumental in the realisation of the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme that recently won the Housing category at the New London Architecture Awards which included our scheme at Station Road.

Chloë has over a decade of experience delivering high quality architecture in this role and previously within the Placemaking Team at Croydon Council and as a Project Director at award winning architectural practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Her architectural expertise is broad including exemplary schemes in the residential, work place and healthcare sectors.  Since joining the council this experience has further widened to include planning, urban design and most recently development.  The breadth of experience led to recognition as a finalist in the Architectural Journal's Emerging Women in Architecture Awards 2015 and Property Weeks inaugural 40 under 40 list.

Chloë studied Architecture at the University of Bath and the Bartlett, qualifying as an Architect in 2009. She is also Head of Design for Brick by Brick where she is responsible for ensuring design quality is realised on Brick by Brick schemes from design through to delivery.