The Company


SMG Chartered Architects started as a small practice in 1980 and began life as David Stead & Associates.  In 2000 the current Chairman, Ian Mutton joined and the practice has steadily grown in all aspects of its work, knowledge, scope of design and architecture.

Operating from three offices in Norwich, St Neots and Sheringham, SMG can now boast 5 RIBA Architects, 10 technical staff and a knowledgeable support team.

Providing a wealth of experience in all fields of architecture & design, SMG has built a reputation for quality, integrity, service and an eye for detail.  SMG prides itself on providing a service from start to finish, where you have the personal contact from a member of staff to guide you along the way.

Covering the whole of East Anglia and beyond, SMG is able to offer the complete package for your building design requirements.


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The practice offers clients the capabilities and experience to see the projects through all stages from inception, planning, construction and beyond.

Through our employment of experienced and professional personnel with a diverse range of experience, we are able to provide a co-ordinated design role to our clients, offering a single point of contact for a completely integrated design service.

If you would like some advice or a free initial consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us at either of the offices and we will be more than happy to assist.


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Computer Aided Design and Drafting

SMG Architects has a fully networked computer system utilising the most up to date and advanced hardware and software packages. The use of this technology ensures the fast and efficient production of information and drawings.

  • A4 – A1 drawings in full colour
  • ArchiCAD 19
  • AutoCAD LT 2015
  • SketchUp
  • 3D walkthroughs
  • Traditional drafting methods
  • Photorealistic renders

Design Practice

SMG Architects has developed a completely integrated design service for our clients:

  • Architectural Design
  • Master Planning
  • Technical Services
  • Project Management
  • Full Project Co-ordination
  • Listed Building Work
  • Conservation Work


As the demand has arisen for the production of three dimensional architectural drawings, SMG has been keen to stay up to date with progression.  We have made sure programs are kept updated and that the majority of staff members are proficient with 3D drawing and photo rendering.

The production of these additional drawings assists the design process, ensuring the client is fully aware of all aspects of the design.  It also assists with the planning process and consultation.


SMG emphasises the need for supporting the local and global community whether this be helping the local theatre company or with the construction of a school in Africa.

SMG also supports inspired children by offering work experience opportunities when possible and has also been involved in a community based project in conjunction with Norwich City College.

Ian Mutton, in association with Lighthouse Community Church, was made aware of appalling education facilities for children in Uganda.  Classrooms had no solid walls and mud floors.  With financial contributions from SMG and others, Ian was able to join a team to assist with the improvement of a basic but essential functional building.

SMG is committed to sustained involvement to help improve facilities in Uganda and other African areas.


SMG Architects is driven by the pursuit of creating quality environments and structures, which emphasise the importance of community and sustainability.

We believe structures, environments and landscaping play a crucial part in improving people’s emotions and lifestyles.

We value the need to treat every project individually, its physical context and specific needs of the Client should play a key role in its design.


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Graham Allen Award

Conservation category on multiple occasions

CPRE Norfolk Awards

For the North Norfolk Tourist Information Centre at Cromer

Craftsmanship Award

Outstanding level of craftsmanship, Drayton
Science Block, Paston College


Best customer LABC partnership with local authority building control team