Benedetti Architects was formed by Renato Benedetti after 20 years of award-winning success as McDowell+Benedetti Architects (M+B). The chartered practice will continue to further our established international reputation for design excellence in an unusually diverse range of projects across different types and scales including: urban design and masterplanning, arts and cultural buildings, bridges, healthcare, education, commercial and residential projects.
Having won many prestigious national and international awards and competitions our work is published widely in the UK and abroad, in articles, books, on radio & TV. We highly value our balanced range of public and private clients, having developed long-standing relationships with many over several projects.
Select current / recent projects include:
Manor Place 60 flats, doctors' surgery, cafe for Southwark Council (2014>) £14m
BAFTA refurbishment & major expansion of listed building, Piccadilly (2014>) £18m
JCB Uttoxeter Masterplan 200 houses, retail, commercial, park (2008>) £90m
Lambs Conduit Street 1765 listed building into tailors' shop and flats (2015>) £2m
Terni Bridge, Italy new bridge and train station improvements (2015>) £4m
Chelsea home historic house extension and refurbishment (2015>) £2m
Vauxhall Apartments 12 storey mixed-use, next to towers cluster (2013>) £15m
Castleford Mill historic mill conversion to community arts centre (2012>) £4m
Eleventh Church pub addition/conversion into church/bookshop (2015) £2.5m
South Kensington home historic house extension and refurbishment (2015) £3m
Rosebery Ave Penthouses 4 duplex apartments Exmouth Market (2014) £2m
Brunner Furniture Showrooom & Headquarters (2013) NLA Retail award, £0.8m
Scale Lane Bridge, Hull new moving bridge (2008) 10 awards, £7m
Castleford Bridge new bridge & regeneration masterplan (2008) 15 awards, £3.2m
Hatton Garden Public Realm Phase 1 public realm improvements (2017>) £5m
Born and educated in Canada, Renato worked as a stonemason and bricklayer before studying architecture at the University of Waterloo, Canada (thesis published by Shimizu Japan) and the RIBA part 3 course at Cambridge. At the start of his career he worked for practices in Canada and Italy, as well as for BDP and YRM in London.
Before M+B he worked 7years with Sir David Chipperfield Architects as Associate and Project Architect responsible for award winning buildings: River & Rowing Museum in Henley, Christian Science Church & Reading Room in Richmond, several 'Joseph' and 'Equipment' fashion stores, and the first Wagamama restaurants in London.
Qualifications and professional affiliations include:
BArch + BES - Bachelors of Architecture + Environmental Studies (Univ. of Waterloo) ARB - Architects Registration Board Ref: 0615431
RIBA - Royal Institute of British Architects Ref 8284188 FRSA - Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
RIBA Chartered Practice Registration 20017181 (Benedetti Architects Ltd)
Professional appointments include:
Hatton Garden BID - Trustee 2017 - ongoing
Design Council CABE – Built Environment Expert (BEE), 2012 – ongoing Lewisham Design Review Panel - 2013 - ongoing
Wandsworth Design Review Panel – founding member / chair, 2011 - ongoing Southwark Design Review Panel – founding member / chair, 2006 - ongoing RIBA Client Design Advisor (1995 – 2011)
RIBA Competitions and Awards judge / chair, 2003 – ongoing, such as:
The Wall (2016/17), Salford Meadows Bridge (2013), Stirling Prize mid-list to short-list (2011), CABE / RIBA Public Space Award (2010), Liverpool Footbridge (2006). Other Awards Judge/Chair examples: World Architecture News (2006 - ongoing),
Scottish Design awards (2010), Leeds Arch. awards (2009), Europan 8 (2005).
Visiting professor at Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy, 2009 – ongoing
London Architecture Festival – founding committee member, 2003 – 2012
Architecture Club - committee member, 1997 – ongoing
Visiting critic at schools of architecture in Britain, Italy and Canada, 1989 – ongoing
Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Art for Architecture Award Panel (1998 - 2004)
Who’s Who, 2000 – ongoing