Sustainable Architecture

About Us
Since its establishment in 1996 JALA has developed a reputation for the conservative repair and sympathetic adaptation of existing buildings and for high-quality new work; united by restrained, crafts-based design in often planning-sensitive historic contexts.

Over-arching principles of retention, reuse and repair have become increasingly focused around adaptation - to meet a low-carbon future.

The Practice has developed these two main strings - old and new - the past and the future.

Jonathan Andrew Law


Jonathan has developed the practice to unite his passions for historic buildings and environmentally conscious new work.


Past and Future

The retention, repair and reuse of existing buildings runs hand-in-hand with their adaptation and in minimising the use of energy and resources in new work.



He sees no conflict between the traditional and the modern; rather a challenge to make coherent use of solutions old and new, in a manner which satisfies our current needs and addresses the enduring questions of context, continuity and quality.

JALA offers a full Architectural service, uniting its historic building expertise with its wider environmental passions


JALA offers a full Architectural, Urban and Landscape Design service, uniting its historic building expertise with its wider environmental commitment. Working closely with other disciplines, where appropriate, the practice can provide a comprehensive architectural and project management service.

Historic Buildings

JALA brings over 40 years of experience working with historic buildings, often in sensitive locations, with a thorough understanding of the issues involved in their repair, adaptation and extension. Jonathan Law offers a historic building consultancy drawing on previous experience working as a commissioned architect to English Heritage.


The practice is passionate about the benefits of upgrading existing buildings though 'aim-low' retro-fitting, developing new skills including the use of straw-bale construction in its new builds. Work includes fabric-first low-energy upgrades - often incorporating renewable energy solutions and ‘greening’ with bio-diversity habitat creation - to meet the needs of the present climate emergency.

  • The Avenues, Norwich NR4 7DP UK