Who We Are

he practice was set up originally in 2004 as Hobbs & Foster Architects Ltd, to work throughout Kent from an office base in Canterbury. Now as Alan Foster Architects from late 2011,  Alan Foster continues in practice using that knowledge and experience in depth of the construction process, from design concept to planning permissions, from working drawings to contract administration and site inspections,  and the many varied phases of construction to completion which have been his stock in trade as a RIBA Chartered Architect.

The company specialises in residential and domestic projects including new build,  external and internal alterations and extensions and smaller institutional projects – up to the limit of Professional Indemnity Insurance.


King’s Cross – Kent

Alan Foster [Dip.Arch Cant RIBA ARB] first joined a firm of architects in London aged 16, sitting his HNC in Building Construction at technical college. His career in London included two spells at Shankland Cox after experience gained at Grima, GMW (Gollins Melvin Ward), and Camus GB. Returning to Kent, Alan worked at Holfords, Clague, Greenfield Jones, Pateman & Coupe and Roger Wenn Partnership.


arlier career work included project architect work on local large scale institutional projects such as halls of residence and the Grimond Building, UKC  (Greenfield Jones),  lead project architect on the refurbishment of Sessions House and adjacent new Lecture Theatre for  Christ Church University College and Thanet College Library (Pateman & Coupe),  new development at Station Road West for Berkeley Homes,  and the restoration of the listed Festival of Britain inspired small modern master piece that was the David Greig store in St.George’s Street Canterbury (Roger Wenn Partnership) and in London,  two new build housing developments in the Surrey Docks area totalling around 100 dwellings while at Shankland Cox Partnership. You can read more about the design approach of the practice at “The Approach”,  see a few progress photos from site visits to past projects and projects currently on site, in the “Portfolio” section, and see at a glance what other projects are ” on the drawing board”.