Levitt Bernstein was founded in 1968, shortly after David Levitt met David Bernstein whilst working on the ground-breaking Brunswick Centre. They decided to set up a practice focused on revitalising London’s decaying inner city. The capital was also in the throes of a housing crisis and the pair were dedicated to creating better homes for all – a principle that is as fundamental to our work now as it was then.

After initially focusing on social housing, we began to branch out into other sectors. A turning point was winning the commission to design a theatre in Manchester’s derelict Victorian trading hall. The new Royal Exchange Theatre won us our first RIBA Award and was the beginning of many public building commissions for the Practice. By the end of the 70s, we were well known for our work in urban regeneration, housing and cultural buildings, and still are today.

Ever since, we have grown organically and now have over 120 staff working on projects across the housing, arts, education, health and commercial sectors from our London and Manchester design studios.

In 2018, we celebrated our 50th birthday. To mark the occasion, we had a year-long partnership with Shelter to support their incredible work by fundraising, volunteering and campaigning. At a time when homelessness figures seem to know no bounds, we felt it more important than ever to add our support – so that more people have a proper place to call home.

As architects, landscape architects and urban designers, we create award winning buildings, living landscapes and thriving urban spaces, using inventive design to solve real life challenges. Putting people at the heart of our work, each of our projects is different but the driving force behind every one is the desire to create an environment that is beautiful, sustainable and functional.

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