Bryony studied Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.  On graduating she was invited to present and exhibit her design thesis at the ‘Another Life, Another City’ seminar at the Zacheta Gallery in Warsaw. 


Bryony worked with conservation specialist Purcell before moving to commercial practice John Robertson Architects.  Here she worked on large scale developments, with one winning Best International Development at the International Property Awards, shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2015 and Winner of the London Regional RIBA Awards.  Following this, Bryony moved to Powell Tuck Associates to specialise in high-end residential and commercial design.  Here she ran a number of extension and refurbishment projects to properties in Regents Park, Kensington and Mayfair.


Bryony has a detailed understanding of the design and construction process and the requirements of working with existing buildings.  This expertise can be applied to maximise the potential of each project.

Nic studied Architecture at The Bartlett (UCL) and the University of Westminster.


He worked with commercial practice ESA on range of new build and retail developments before moving to AndArchitects to work on a number of residential projects across London. These typically involved whole house refurbishments, often with the addition of a new basement, rear extension or loft conversion, with one shortlisted for the Best Redesign at the Grand Designs Awards.  Here he also worked on a variety of sport and community projects, including pavilions in the London 2012 Olympic Park, before moving to Aukett Swanke to run large scale new build science and innovation projects outside London. This involved much co-ordination and consultation with specialists and a large design team.


Nic has a broad experience of projects across a variety of scales, sectors and budgets. Nic is also a practicing Party Wall Surveyor and is a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors. For more information please visit

nic ellis williams

BSc (Hons), DipArch, ARB, RIBA, MFPWS

bryony clare williams

MA (Hons),  MArch,  ARB,  RIBA,  RIAS

Bryony Smeed Architect

ellisclare is a RIBA

Chartered Architecture

practice founded in 2015

by Nic and Bryony Williams

With over 30 years combined experience we appreciate the importance of analysing the requirements of each project on an individual basis and the need to tailor every brief to respond to clients’ specific requirements, 

the context of the site and the surroundings.

Our ethos lies in clarity and the use of good quality natural materials to create elegant spaces.  We share an enthusiasm for beautiful and functional design and enjoy the creative process.

We work on a range of residential projects throughout London and the Home Counties.