We're Passionate About Design

Umaa Architecture delivers a fresh and creative approach to Architecture, Masterplanning and Urban Design..
From the detailed design of an innovative bespoke building through to site masterplanning or the strategic redevelopment of an existing estate, we aim to create positive change within the built environment through an informed and collaborative working process, wherein clients, consultants, end users and stakeholders work cohesively to deliver excellent design.

Umaa Architecture is an RIBA chartered practice, drawing on more than 3 decades of experience – including over 20 years’ experience with blue chip public and private sector clients, we deliver projects through both traditional and design and build procurement.

The team offers a range of design and technical services coupled with efficient management skills. Our design process is based around clear communication; taking the clients or end user’s vision through an analytical and contextual design process, leading to high quality and deliverable designs.

Royal Institute of British Architects Chartered Practice Membership
ISO 9001:2008 Accreditation
IS0 14001:2004 Accreditation
Safe Contractor Registered
Constructionline Silver Membership
SMAS Worksafe Accreditation

Umaa Architecture combines established expertise with modern working methods and an open and co-operative outlook to deliver excellent service to our clients. The practice has created a healthy and balanced working environment for our staff to flourish and realise their full potential.

Umaa believe that design is an evolutionary journey which requires the right mix of commercial acumen, appropriate experience, sustainability skills and a strong community relationship. A rigorous design approach will lead to a robust and deliverable development which realises the client’s vision. We are diligent and professional and have the the creative character to deliver cutting edge design and architecture.

Architecture has an unparalleled power to make positive change and we believe that this begins with an inclusive and communicative design process. We believe in nurturing and promoting talent and are committed to the development of our practice and clients.

Our clients encompass all scales from public sector clients to national 5 star housebuilders and from established development companies to new developers and private individuals. Work sectors include community, education, healthcare, leisure, and residential (low-rise to high-rise).

We recognise that all clients have different needs and priorities and our design process always begins by formulating a comprehensive design brief setting out the client’s vision and values and identifying the key criteria for a successful project. We are committed to building lasting client relationships – where our values and goals align and where growth and success are shared.

From our base in Birmingham we are ideally located to work throughout the UK.

As well as working locally within the Midlands, our current projects include sites in Yorkshire, the South East, the South West, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Within our Midlands home, we are keen to promote the development of the region as a major hub for architectural creativity and innovation.

Feasibility Design

Feasibility schemes are used to evaluate the development potential of prospective sites, determining the suitability of use and the level of development that can be supported. A feasibility exercise typically explores the number and mix of units, public open space requirements, suitability of accesses, road hierarchies and drainage strategies.

Masterplanning

Umaa Architecture have extensive experience in masterplanning of rural and urban sites, from small-scale sites upto major developments of 400 or more new build houses. Beginning with simple concept layouts, the masterplanning exercise leads to a comprehensive development strategy.

Consultation

Umaa Architecture work closely with planning consultants and encourage active engagement with key stakeholders throughout the design process, including local authority planning, parish councils and members of the local community. Umaa architecture can produce sketches, models and artist’s impressions to facilitate the consultation process and enable collaborative design.

Technical Design

Umaa Architecture deliver full working drawings packages in either BIM or as a set of traditional 2D drawings and specifications. Umaa Architecture work closely with Local Authority Building Control as well as approved private inspectors to deliver the most cost effective compliant solutions.

Presentation Visuals and Models

Umaa Architecture produce presentation visuals using a variety of styles and methods, from hand-drawn concept sketches for initial consultation and engagement through to photorealistic 3D renders and photo-montages, artist’s impressions or traditional hand-made models for formal presentation and planning assessment.

Full RIBA Architectural Services

Umaa offer a full works package encompassing all RIBA work stages (0-7) with services tailored to suit the specific needs of the project.

We Are Able To Offer Our Full Range Of Services Within The Following Sectors

Commercial

Community

Conservation

Ecclesiastical

Education

Leisure

Refurbishment & Restoration

Residential (Private & Social)

Retail