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Founded in 2013 by architect Jeremy Humphries, in the Isle of Man, providing architecture, urban design and project management services from concept to completion. Modus Architects offers a unique combination of large scale project experience with the attentiveness of a boutique practice. Jeremy is the principal architect and reviews and contributes to all projects within the practice.

We design and deliver buildings that meet the unique needs and expectations of each client with exceptional creativity and to that end, we have successfully built the solid foundations or one of the leading Isle of Man architectural practices.

We consider our specialism to be high quality contextually informed architecture and enjoy having a broad range of projects in the office, from luxury residential new builds, the master planning of large commercial developments, to the on-site delivery of prominent and culturally significant public realm schemes such as the refurbishment of  Douglas Steam Railway Station.

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We can act as lead consultant from inception to completion. We can offer a full architectural service tailored to suit your particular requirements.  While understanding the complexities of commerical projects, we deliver creative, professional and efficient architectural services. We operate well-organised projects with total attention to detail, leading building teams and consultants effectively, ensuring exceptional, high-quality results. 

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 Our clients  rely on us to produce creative and innovative design solutions to meet challenging briefs, helping them to realise their ambitions and reinforce their values. We specialise in projects that demand a sensitive approach to landscape, the local built environment and historical and social context. Many of our projects involve facilitating new uses within complex urban and rural sites, such as areas of high landscape or coastal value, and conservation areas. Every project is approached as an open ended enquiry, favouring dialogue, adaptive design, collaboration and patient research, over the imposition of stock solutions or preconceived style.

From leading a team of consultants for a feasibility study  to exploring design ideas, or delivering a high quality finished home, we have the range of skills  and in depth knowledge needed to take your next project all the way from conception to completion.

Jeremy Humphries Architect Director of Isle of Man Architectural Practice Modus Architects

The practice director Jeremy Humphries is personally involved in the design and delivery of every project in direct collaboration with engineers, cost-control consultants and other professionals.


Experience has taught us that the best projects are the result of close cooperation between ourselves, the design team, and the client and their advisors, and we approach every project from this perspective. We pride ourselves on being adaptable throughout the design and construction process and have experience of the needs of a wide range of clients, from individual home owners to large organizations such as government departments, developers and private institutions.


Working from offices in Castletown that house a team of experienced architects, architectural technicians and support staff, the size of our practice has allowed us to maintain an intimate connection to the development of each project. We approach design as a critical process, subject to continuous development and evaluation. This is maintained through regular design reviews, encouraging objectivity, constructive appraisal and knowledge transfer.

We offer a wide range of services for a large variety of projects. We are specialists in designing and delivering building projects of all types.

Our services include:

  • Architectural design
  • Interior design
  • Brief  development
  • Building contract administration
  • Design solutions
  • Planning applications
  • Building control drawings
  • Tender and construction packages

We have a wealth of experience in many different types of building project, from new schemes for both the private and government sectors, conversion and extensions to both residential and commercial premises, working within Conservation Areas and on Listed Buildings. We undertake smaller schemes independently, and also work with partners as part of a multi-disciplinary team on larger developments.

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Modus Architects have an excellent track record in winning planning consent in the Isle of Man and work to guarantee the best results for your project in close consultation with the Isle of Man planning department

From initial concept and design, planning and building regulations application, through to construction and contract administration, we can manage the whole process.  Modus Architects is a consultancy specialising in advice on heritage, conservation, listed and historic buildings in the Isle of Man. Our comprehensive architectural services include conceptual and schematic design, design development and construction documentation.

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We treat every job individually. The practice is resourced to tackle projects of all sizes, with the support of our in-house architectural technicians, architects, research team and support staff

Offering a high level of personal service through all stages, from initial discussions through the design process and on to completion. Modus Architects work on all types of project, at all scales from domestic extensions and loft conversions, to new build houses, apartments and commercial schemes. We also handle issues of site analysis, access, circulation, parking, urban design and local development guidelines. Modus Architects work in consultation with the Isle of Man government planning department.

Our architectural technicians are experienced designers that work with the architect and engineer to create detailed construction drawings, research construction materials, and assist with the building consent processes and  project management

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When you use a chartered architect you are employing someone who has undertaken over seven years of professional training, the longest in the building industry and our architects are proud to have the singular aim of designing, managing and delivering the best buildings, places and spaces in the Isle of  Man

As a practice we offer:

  • Strategic thinking and research;
  • Equal passion for new design and heritage structures;
  • The ability to find economic, practical solutions to seemingly intractable challenges;
  • Diverse skills and expertise:
  • Adaptive reuse of historic properties and Registered Buildings;
  • New build projects in rural contexts and Conservation Areas;
  • Design of museum galleries and areas for display, working with curators and directors;
  • Master planning, feasibility studies and site analysis;
  • Technical design and integration of environmental systems;
  • Sustainable design and construction;
  • Working with institutions and organizations;
  • Government procedures and reporting;


Practice owner and director Jeremy Humphries is a RIBA chartered architect with over 20 years of experience working in London, the Isle of Man. Building on early experience encompassing new build residential, commercial, institutional and mixed use projects, his focus has diversified into master planning, contextually responsive design and the refurbishment and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and places. He is an instinctive designer, with an appetite for grappling with complex architectural briefs and challenging design problems. His expertise in master planning and site analysis has benefited private and government clients, including the

Department of Economic Development, whom he is assisting in the capacity of architectural consultant to the Airport Technology Gateway Committee.


Ian Shipley is an award winning architect in the field of heritage practice, with a career spanning nearly forty years. His wide ranging knowledge and experience gathered over this period make him an invaluable resource in the fields of design, construction and architectural practice, while his extensive knowledge of traditional construction methods and detailing complement Jeremy’s experience with current building technologies, resulting in balanced outcomes.


We have the experience, expertise and imagination needed to create exceptional buildings, modern or traditional residences, creative reuse of old buildings and innovative commercial developments. We are consistently strengthening and expanding a range of expertise across multiple sectors, including cultural, mixed-use, residential, commercial and renovation projects, providing context-specific and cost-effective solutions for our clients. 

Modus Architects offer a number of specific advantages in addition to the full range of skills and expertise you would expect from chartered professionals. Creative yet careful thinking is at the heart of every project, in order to deliver imaginative, intelligent and context-aware design solutions.

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