Julie Ann Humphryes MA ( CANTAB) DIP ARCH ARB RIBA FRSA

Julie Humphryes was born in the UK in 1970. She read architecture at Cambridge University, matriculating in 1989. Colin St John Wilson was Head of School and Eric Parry, now a Royal Academician, was her personal tutor as an undergraduate. In 2003, she spent time in Berlin at Studio Daniel Libeskind and in practice in Hong Kong, travelling extensively in the Far East. Julie submitted two theoretical dissertations whilst at Cambridge. The first was a study of the Mesoamerican site of Tikal in Guatemala with the esteemed archaeologist Professor Norman Hammond. This work focused upon historical complexes whose monumentality is hidden in the landscape. Julie’s second piece of writing explored documenting works by Terragni, a pioneer of the Italian rationalist architecture in Italy and the metaphysical art movement of De Chirico and Morandi. It had been inspired by a thesis that she found in the architectural library by Peter Eisenman whose interests explored the history of the Casa del Fascio. Attempting to reconcile tradition and modernity has remained a fundamental principle in the practice as an approach to understanding ideas. Julie’s first project to be constructed was the Georgian Group Headquarters on Fitzroy Square. Afterwards she worked with Australian architects, Denton Corker Marshall, as project architect on the Sanderson Hotel with Philippe Starck, before joining Virgin Atlantic. Here with Richard Branson’s futuristic array of ventures she collaborated on the early designs of luxury travel projects with Airbus and Boeing, along with award-winning airport lounge interiors with Softroom and Eight Inc Research which took her to all parts of the world exploring luxury resorts and travel , being resident in Tokyo. She was co-head of design at YOO, the residential and hotel design company set up initially by Philippe Starck with Matthew Freud as chairman. Until recently she directed the creative direction of the YOO Studio. Julie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has taught at numerous academic institutions including the Royal College of Art in London.

David Archer BA (HONS) DIP ARCH ARB RIBA

David Archer was born in Haddington, Scotland in 1967, and grew up in Manchester. After graduating from Canterbury University School of Architecture in 1989 he went on to complete his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London under Peter Cook. In his dissertation he concentrated upon two works. One explored the six churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, and how liturgy denotes the plan of the building; the second, the Leicester University Building by James Stirling, looked at the emergence of the independent group and British Brutalism. David’s real talent as a student was his ability to draw ideas and convey thinking to others, which he continues to do in architectural practice. Before establishing Archer Humphryes in 2002, he worked with hotelier André Balazs in New York as head of design for AB Hotels, collaborating mainly with Antonio Citterio and Jean Nouvel. Projects included 40 Mercer in Manhattan, and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This was the start of a collaboration between David and André that has progressed into symbolic hotel commissions in the practice. He had previously worked for Hopkins Architects, and for Philippe Starck in Paris, working on the design of the Felix bar in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and the Delano Hotel in Miami. David Archer met Julie Humphryes in 1997 whilst working upon the design of Ian Schrager’s hotel the Sanderson, with Anda Andreu. This project sparked the start of David and Julie’s collaboration and precipitated the formation of the practice with shared interests in architecture. Now with an international reputation for hotels, restaurants, resorts and residences, that harmoniously integrate interiors and architecture in listed buildings and new architecture, winning over twenty awards and citations of excellence internationally.David has forged long-term relationships with several key clients including restaurateur Alan Yau, creator of Wagamama. Together they have developed a unique concept of ‘dynamic dining’ that has successfully translated into a collection of much-imitated eateries including Busaba Eathai and Hakkasan.

Work Described

Generating and overseeing the work for clients in a world recognised architectural practice is a privilege. Both Julie and David work interchangeably throughout the design process: intuitively, systematically and rationally together. Often asked who does what? Collectively and at the start Julie and David find a natural balance with the team on every project and always stay with each and every project to its completion. Vitality, enthusiasm and curiosity are the main aspects of each day. In choosing what to do and how to create the idea. Composing and breaking boundaries is the baseline of all ideas however small or big. Involved and engaged is the hallmark of the portfolio. Archer Humphryes Architects are committed to competitive excellence and intelligent design for clients through 2D, 3D & 4D architectural exploration, for the immediate modern complexities and the future .

“in the choice of materials, the palette, the design of the furniture, in the intention, for lack of a better word, behind the overall aesthetic mood, there is a thread of what can only be described as modesty. There is much space, but nothing is outsized or overstated.” Chiltern Firehouse Reborn, How to Spend It, ‘May 16th 2014‘

“This is the anti-Met Bar, the salve to the aching hangover of Nineties cool and the gimmicky transience of Noughties pop-ups. It doesn't matter who spins the records here - and anyone can - because the music is never too loud to eclipse conversation. There are no dark corners or shady areas; after all, recognition is a central part of the experience here (tonight Jack Guinness, Mary Charteris, Robbie Furze, Rita Ora and Lily Allen have joined the party). “ Chiltern Firehouse, Fire Escape Vogue, December 6th 2014

“The panel described Plum & Spilt Milk Restaurant at The Great Northern Hotel as stand out project for its exquisite finishes and clever space planning, that allows all diners to have a great seat and views over neighbouring St Pancras station. The vintage yet modern design adds warmth to an all-day restaurant in a class of its own.” Judge’s comments European Hotel Awards 2013, Winner

“GNH Bar is the sort of place to settle in with a Bloody Mary and potted Dungeness shrimps on toast…For those with more time, Plum + Spilt Milk is a heavenly little dining room with curvy, cream-leather banquettes and varnished resin tabletops lit by hand-blown glass pendant lights…All the romance of rail travel with none of the chintz” Winner of Best New Hotel, Conde Naste Traveller Magazine Hot List 2014

“Busaba Eat Thai Bicester Restaurant won Multiple Restaurant Winner and Best Overall Restaurant Winner and described as ‘dazzling’. it's like a cross between Far Eastern wooded simplicity and the upturned hull of a vast Viking warship.” Telegraph 30th October 2011

“The annual gong ceremony - which goes somewhat against the grain - didn't have to try too hard to work out what was going to be their Restaurant of the Year. It was, hands-down, the paparazzi haunt of the Chiltern Firehouse.” Best Restaurant Tatler Restaurant Awards 2014

“chosen the best up-and-coming British practices to work alongside them” to design the Television Centre site.” The most luxurious penthouse, designed by Archer Humphryes, whose eccentric and maximalist style graces the Chiltern Firehouse, will be 3,200sq ft and has a poured resin floor and a gallery for the art collection that the architects assume the buyers possess. "It’s expensively done, and very particular,” The Telegraph’s 12th April 2016

 

Education, Research and Development is a crucial aspect of the evolution of the studio. This is done by critical evaluation of the work being produced before it is released and by individual research carried out in the workplace. Whether it’s future proofing a digital green screen interactive display for a restaurant in four years with Sony or an LED bio emitting fibre fabric, a carbon fibre composite for a yacht hull or drone proofing a resort to prevent paparazzi – the studio search for answers.

In - house pin - up critique and charette’s are integral with how the design is produced, as is spending time and evaluating the context of a project before beginning. Collectively in our open plan studio, discussions on materials, details, products, regulations and forming ideas at work are shared. Reflective thoughts are also captured in writing and notes as a memory of how the building process was arrived at.

Communicating to the outside world conveys the culture of the thinking in the studio. This is achieved at a number of levels, from teaching at The Royal College of Art, to speaking at forums like the World Monument Fund to writing the Monograph Cool, Contemporary Classic which will start a National and International lecture series with contributors on the subject of ‘ Food and Architecture - Past and Present.’

LECTURES

April 2016 & 2015
Milan Italy
Isalone Milano Press Presentation
November 2016

November 2014
Sleep Event, London
Architectural Design in Hotels

November 2014
World Monuments Fund Britain,
Mayfair Hotel, London UK
Architecture and Food

September 2014
Decorex Seminar Syon House, UK
Civic Architecture as Modern Luxury
Hotels: a look at Chiltern Firehouse,
Great Northern Hotel and Lalit Hotel

September 2014
Rotary Club, Vienna
Modern Hotels in historic cities
Sans Souci Hotel, Vienna

May 2014
GIS Architecture Expo Conference,
Bucharest, Romania
Great Northern Hotel
Plum and Spilt Milk Restaurant

April 2014
Expo Hotelympia, UK
Great Northern Hotel Design

April 2014
Milan Italy
Isalone Milano Press Presentation

May 2013
Boutique Hotels Summit
Trends in design
Speakers: David Archer and
Julie Humphryes

April 2012
Shanghai International Architecture and
Interior Design Festival 2012, China
Narrative and Language - New Hotels in
Historic Settings

Awards 2008 - 2016

2008
BD Interior Architect of the Year Award

2008
British Design Awards - Best New Interior
(Print Room)

2009
RIBA Award (Penderyn Distillery)

2011
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards
- Multiple Restaurant (Busaba Eathai)

2011
BD Interior Architect of the Year Award

2012
Shanghai International Design Festival
Golden Seat Architectural and Interior
Master Award

2013
International Hotel Awards
Great Northern Hotel
1.Five Star Award in the category of Hotel
Interior for UK
2.Regional Award in the category of Hotel
Interior for UK

2013
International Hotel Awards
Sans Souci Hotel
1.Best Hotel Interior for Austria
2.Best Hotel Renovation/ Refurbishment
for Austria
3.Best Hotel Renovation/ Refurbishment
for Europe

2013
European Hotel Design Awards
Interior Design of the Year in the Restaurant
Category (Plum + Spilt Milk)

2013
BD Interior Architect of the Year
Runner - up

2013
Restaurant and Bar Design Awards
- Fast/ Casual
Runner - up
Amanzi Tea

2013
New London Architeture Awards
Commended in the Hotel Category
Great Northern Hotel

2013
European Hotel Design Awards
Interior Design of the Year in the Restaurant
Category (Plum + Spilt Milk)

2014
Restaurant and Bar awards
Runner up
GNH Bar

2014
Conde Nast Johansens Awards for
Excellence
- Best New or Back on the
Scene Hotel (Great Northern Hotel)

2014
Conde naste traveller awards
GNH Best London Hotel

2014
New London Architecture Awards in
association with the Mayor of London:

Chilern Firehouse Winner

2014
Tatler Restaurant awards
Chiltern Firehouse, best restaurant of the
year award

2014
RIBA awards Chiltern Firehouse
Runner - up

2014
New London Architecture Awards in
association with the Mayor of London

Runner - up
Harley Place

2014
Perspective Magazine Awards
Best Interior
The Beach, Samui

2014
World Interior awards
Runner - up
Chiltern Firehouse and Harley Place

2014
British Construction awards
Runner - up
Great Northern Hotel

2014
Restaurant and Bar awards
Runner - up
Plum and Spilt Milk restaurant

2015
Asia Pacific Development Awards
Thailand
The Beach, Samui

2015
Conde Nast Traveller Gold List
Chiltern Firehouse

2015
Conde Nast Traveller Gold List
Great Northern Hotel

2015
Thailand Property Awards
Best Hotel Interior Design
The Beach, Samui

2015
Independant Hotel Show
Best Design
Great Northern Hotel

2016
GQ Awards
Best Hotel Design and Interior
Chiltern Firehouse

2017
LUX Hotel & Spa Awards
Best Hotel Architecture Firm
Archer Humphryes Architects

2017
New London Architecture Awards
Shortlisted for Best Hotel
Lalit London Hotel

2017
World Interiors Awards
Shortlisted for Best Hotel
Lalit London Hotel

2017
World Interiors Awards
Shortlisted for Best Restaurant Interior
Bela Vita Restaurant

 

The Studio

Established in 2002, Archer Humphryes Architects are world reknown experts for intelligent thinking in the work of architecture and interior design, urban planning and landscape spaces, furniture and identity and, sea and air projects. From their studio in Clerkenwell, London they have completed more than £200 million of niche projects notably including the Chiltern Firehouse, or London’s highly anticipated Peninsula Hotel in 2021 where their reputation is second to none.

Having at the foundation of the practice’s portfolio is a focus upon niche projects that concentrate on designing ‘lifestyle’ spaces for eating, drinking, sleeping and being seen, in both new environments and historic settings. Core concerns are balancing past and present; classic and contemporary; economy and luxury; and reliability and iconoclasm. Archer Humphryes explores architecture as a way of influencing how people respond and behave within spaces. In the heart of all thinking is the commitment to innovation, technology and sustainability. With an artistic approach always at the forefront of development of an idea, it is how the modern world interacts with craftsmanship, texture, colour and how that intertwines with the potential of future experimentation that is core.

In generating identity to projects a natural narrative emerges to give shape and form to the generation of the design. This allows every project to emerge differently, and allows the studio to develop projects of all scales and budgets, all equally compelling. No project is too small or too large to give new found expression.

Meaningfiul ideas are presented with a reawakened imagination to help people see their project in a different way. And with twenty years experience to there names they are able to bring experience from faraway places and diverse industries into current practice.

With a back story that includes working with Anda Andrei at Ian Schrager Hotels, with Philippe Starck and Jean - Michel Wilmotte in Paris, with blue sky dreams for new airliners with a consortiums including Airbus Industrie and Virgin Atlantic, with Andre Balaczs in New York, the pair have between them have lived in New York, Hong Kong, Japan, Paris and Germany, before marking the start of a lifelong business together. Preoccupations for the studio are not grandiose or monumental, or striving for signature statements and accolades. Instead the principles belong to geometry, proportion, suitability and a collection of thoughts and observations being constantly updated through study, drawing and efforts. This can be as simple as the context of walking through the city streets, evaluating the geographic topography, remembering a place once visited or a millenium old craftsmanship still being made today. Having this memory bank allows the project to aggregrate more depth and attention to detail over time and the intelligence to be applied to hotel, marine, avian, residential, resort, commercial projects and private homes.

This provenance is retained retained in the energy of the studio as a collaborative place, where youth and experience are represented by a handpicked group of twenty individuals from many parts of the world, including the UK, Argentina, Canada, Singapore, Greece, Italy and Australia. Similarly, our growing portfolio of projects is now reperesented accross Europe, the Middle and Far East.

In the coming year we anticipate opening design studios in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Sydney . Our creative architects will be a network of individuals that have started careers in the London studio and have well established relationships with clients that have been nurtured through Archer Humphryes Architects exacting approach.

Small or big, contemporary or classic, evolution or revolution. If your space needs to work harder, we should be talking


Leadership

Julie Ann Humphryes MA ( CANTAB) DIP ARCH ARB RIBA FRSA

Julie was born in the UK in 1970. She read architecture at Cambridge University, matriculating in 1989. Colin St. John Wilson was Head od School and Eric Parry, now a Royal Academician , was her personal tutor as an undergraduate.

Before returning to Cambridge to complete her studies in 2003, she spent time in Berlin at Studio Daniel Libeskind and in practice in Hong Kong, travelling extensively in the Far East. Julie submitted two theoretical dissertations whilst at Cambridge. The first was a study of the Mesoamerican site of Tikal in Guatemala with the esteemed archaeologist Prof. Norman Hammond. This work focused upon historical complexes whose monumentality is hidden in the landscape. Julie’s second piece of writing explored documenting works by Terragni, a pioneer of the Italian rationalist architecture in Italy. And the metaphysical art movement of De Chirico and Morandi. It had been inspired by a thesis that she found in the architecture library by Peter Eisenman whose interests explored the history of the Casa del Fascio. Attempting to reconcile tradition and modernityhas remained a fundamental principle in the practice as an approach to understanding ideas.

Julie’s first project to construct was the Georgian Society Headquarters on Fitzroy Square. On completion of the project she worked with Australian architects , DFenton Corker Marshall, as project architect on the Sanderson Hotel with Philippe Stark, before joining Virgin Atlantic. Here with Richard Bransons’s furturistic array of ventures she collaborated on early designs of luxury travel projects with Airbus, Boeing, along with award-winning airport lounge interiors with Softroom and Eight inc Research which took her to all parts of the world exploring luxury resorts and travel,, being resident in Tokyo.

She was co-head of design at Yoo , the residential and hotel design company set up by John Hitchcox and Philippe Stark and until recently , directed the creative direction of the Yoo design studio.

Julie is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has taught at numerous academic institutions including the Royal College of Art in London. David and Jule frequently speak at events and forums internationally and , most recently with the World Monument Fund discussing Food and Architecture.

David Archer BA Hons, Dip Arch, ARB

David Archer was born in Haddington , Scotland in 1967 and grew up in Manchester. After graduating from Canterbury School of Architecture in 1989 he went on to complete his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London under Peter Cook. In his written dissertation he concentrated upon two works. One explored the 6 churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, and how liturgy denotes the plan of the building, the second the Leicester University Engineering Building by Stirling + Gowan looking at the emergence of the independent group and British Brutalism. David’s real talent as a student was his ability to draw ideas and convey thinking to others, which he continues to do in architectural practice.

Before establishing Archer Humphryes in 2002 he worked with hotelier André Balazs in New York as head of design for AB Hotels, collaborating mainly with Antonio Citterio and Jean Nouvel. Projects included 40 Mercer in Manhattan and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This was the start of a collaboration between David and André that has progressed into symbolic hotel commissions in practice.

He previously worked for Hopkins Architects and for Philippe Starck in Paris, working on the design of Felix in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and the Delano Hotel in Miami. David Archer met Julie Humphryes in 1997 whilst working upon the design of Ian Schrager’s hotel the Sanderson, with Anda Andreu. This project sparked the start of David and Julie’s collaboration and anticipated the formation of the practice with shared interests in Architecture. Gradually, they have built up a business concentrating on four core areas: hotels, restaurants , resorts and residences, that harmoniously integrate interiors and architecture in listed builldings and new architecture ,winning over twenty awards and citations of excellence internationally.

David has forged long term relationships with several key clients including restaurateur Alan Yau , creator of Wagamama. Together they have developed a unique concept of “dynamic dining” that has successfully translated into a collection of much imitated eateries including Busaba Eathai and Hakkasan.


Our Team


Education & Research

Education, Research and Development is a crucial aspect of the evolution of the studio. This is done by critical evaluation of the work being produced before it is released and by individual research carried out in the workplace. Whether it’s future proofing a digital green screen interactive display for a restaurant in four years with Sony or an LED bio emitting fibre fabric, a carbon fibre composite for a yacht hull or drone proofing a resort to prevent paparazzi – the studio search for answers.

In - house pin - up critique and charette’s are integral with how the design is produced, as is spending time and evaluating the context of a project before beginning. Collectively in our open plan studio, discussions on materials, details, products, regulations and forming ideas at work are shared. Reflective thoughts are also captured in writing and notes as a memory of how the building process was arrived at.

Communicating to the outside world conveys the culture of the thinking in the studio. This is achieved at a number of levels, from teaching at The Royal College of Art, to speaking at forums like the World Monument Fund to writing the Monograph Cool, Contemporary Classic which will start a National and International lecture series with contributors on the subject of ‘ Food and Architecture - Past and Present.’

Expertise

ARCHITECTURE

As an accredited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice, Archer Humphryes Architects work to the highest standards of professional practice accross the world. They hold professional indemnity for all scales of projects from skyscrapers to one of houses, to historic conservation projects to new buildings. Architecture is very important to each project as it spatially defines the entire project.

INTERIORS

A holistic approach is taken to interiors where the concept has to link to the context of the architecture, the landscape, weather or city beyond. As architects the team can offer a complete solution of construction and project management that goes beyond a traditional interior designers scope. This approach allows for the craftsmanship of the interiors materials to transform the spatial understanding of the project maximising all the components of the scheme.

FURNITURE

A hallmark of the work is frequently all the furniture is made to there own designs. Giving comfort to clients that there project is individual to them. Made to the highest sustainable qualities of craftsmanship, collaborations are made with artisans who have practised traditions for centuries. Similarly, they love modern classics and will source furniture where an original piece or local product enhances the project more.

LANDSCAPING

Local knowledge of a geographic area is important in establishing mature planting schemes and collaboration in the region is paramount. Having worked on large resorts in the Mediterranean and the Tropics the team have an extensive knowledge of materials, detailing and planting to create the ambience necessary for the project. Similarly, if the scale is a rooftop garden for a private residence or a skybar in the city it is studied to the same degree.

ART, ANTIQUES & LIGHTING

Whether it’s vintage pieces from fairs in Paris, Milan and London, an extensive library and strong relationships with collectors and gallery owners alike assist in tracking down the right piece for the space. They will work with specialist manufacturers to include speacialist pieces in the scheme’s concept from the start to completion . Lighting designs general principle is working with hidden sources and dramatic pieces for display, often custom designed.

IDENTITY

Always in starting a concept, there is often no name or narrative to the project idea. As part of our research and development of the designers the designers will generate ideas for the strong identity of the scheme. Often projects have different components, a bar, a restaurant, a spa, a boutique or a garden. All of these parts of a project are considered collectively but also as distinct competing aspects of a singular idea.

AIR

Avian projects are a strong provenance to Archer Humphryes work. In designing interiors for private jets or commercial airliners and linking the experience to the architecure on the ground is a real opportunity to raise the benchmark in design. With new innovations and technologies this is an exciting area for the team to provided technical know how and imagination for unchartered challenging initiatives for interiors.

SEA

Working on the majesty of marine projects is a vital part of the practice. In collaboration with the best naval architects and structural engineers in the world Archer Humphryes are able to provide an architectural interior design solution that pushes the scope and vision to create unprecedented solutions. Extensive knowledge of detailing, materials and the high safety standards required for certification allows the team to generate the most luxurious schemes at sea.

EXHIBITION

Showcasing products at events, choregraphing a gallery opening or developing pop - up restaurants and boutiques - Exhibition and ‘ set - up ’ are important in transforming business through creativity. High Impact is the challenge and leads to engagement with graphic designers, film makers, journalists and creative technologists to bring new audiences to cimegraphic space that the team make.

The Studio

Established in 2002, Archer Humphryes Architects are world reknown experts for intelligent thinking in the work of architecture and interior design, urban planning and landscape spaces, furniture and identity and, sea and air projects. From their studio in Clerkenwell, London they have completed more than £200 million of niche projects notably including the Chiltern Firehouse, or London’s highly anticipated Peninsula Hotel in 2021 where their reputation is second to none.

Having at the foundation of the practice’s portfolio is a focus upon niche projects that concentrate on designing ‘lifestyle’ spaces for eating, drinking, sleeping and being seen, in both new environments and historic settings. Core concerns are balancing past and present; classic and contemporary; economy and luxury; and reliability and iconoclasm. Archer Humphryes explores architecture as a way of influencing how people respond and behave within spaces. In the heart of all thinking is the commitment to innovation, technology and sustainability. With an artistic approach always at the forefront of development of an idea, it is how the modern world interacts with craftsmanship, texture, colour and how that intertwines with the potential of future experimentation that is core.

In generating identity to projects a natural narrative emerges to give shape and form to the generation of the design. This allows every project to emerge differently, and allows the studio to develop projects of all scales and budgets, all equally compelling. No project is too small or too large to give new found expression.

Meaningfiul ideas are presented with a reawakened imagination to help people see their project in a different way. And with twenty years experience to there names they are able to bring experience from faraway places and diverse industries into current practice.

With a back story that includes working with Anda Andrei at Ian Schrager Hotels, with Philippe Starck and Jean - Michel Wilmotte in Paris, with blue sky dreams for new airliners with a consortiums including Airbus Industrie and Virgin Atlantic, with Andre Balaczs in New York, the pair have between them have lived in New York, Hong Kong, Japan, Paris and Germany, before marking the start of a lifelong business together. Preoccupations for the studio are not grandiose or monumental, or striving for signature statements and accolades. Instead the principles belong to geometry, proportion, suitability and a collection of thoughts and observations being constantly updated through study, drawing and efforts. This can be as simple as the context of walking through the city streets, evaluating the geographic topography, remembering a place once visited or a millenium old craftsmanship still being made today. Having this memory bank allows the project to aggregrate more depth and attention to detail over time and the intelligence to be applied to hotel, marine, avian, residential, resort, commercial projects and private homes.

This provenance is retained retained in the energy of the studio as a collaborative place, where youth and experience are represented by a handpicked group of twenty individuals from many parts of the world, including the UK, Argentina, Canada, Singapore, Greece, Italy and Australia. Similarly, our growing portfolio of projects is now reperesented accross Europe, the Middle and Far East.

In the coming year we anticipate opening design studios in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Sydney . Our creative architects will be a network of individuals that have started careers in the London studio and have well established relationships with clients that have been nurtured through Archer Humphryes Architects exacting approach.

Small or big, contemporary or classic, evolution or revolution. If your space needs to work harder, we should be talking


Leadership

Julie Ann Humphryes MA ( CANTAB) DIP ARCH ARB RIBA FRSA

Julie Humphryes was born in the UK in 1970. She read architecture at Cambridge University, matriculating in 1989. Colin St John Wilson was Head of School and Eric Parry, now a Royal Academician, was her personal tutor as an undergraduate. In 2003, she spent time in Berlin at Studio Daniel Libeskind and in practice in Hong Kong, travelling extensively in the Far East. Julie submitted two theoretical dissertations whilst at Cambridge. The first was a study of the Mesoamerican site of Tikal in Guatemala with the esteemed archaeologist Professor Norman Hammond. This work focused upon historical complexes whose monumentality is hidden in the landscape. Julie’s second piece of writing explored documenting works by Terragni, a pioneer of the Italian rationalist architecture in Italy and the metaphysical art movement of De Chirico and Morandi. It had been inspired by a thesis that she found in the architectural library by Peter Eisenman whose interests explored the history of the Casa del Fascio. Attempting to reconcile tradition and modernity has remained a fundamental principle in the practice as an approach to understanding ideas. Julie’s first project to be constructed was the Georgian Group Headquarters on Fitzroy Square. Afterwards she worked with Australian architects, Denton Corker Marshall, as project architect on the Sanderson Hotel with Philippe Starck, before joining Virgin Atlantic. Here with Richard Branson’s futuristic array of ventures she collaborated on the early designs of luxury travel projects with Airbus and Boeing, along with award-winning airport lounge interiors with Softroom and Eight Inc Research which took her to all parts of the world exploring luxury resorts and travel , being resident in Tokyo. She was co-head of design at YOO, the residential and hotel design company set up initially by Philippe Starck with Matthew Freud as chairman. Until recently she directed the creative direction of the YOO Studio. Julie is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has taught at numerous academic institutions including the Royal College of Art in London.

David Archer BA (HONS) DIP ARCH ARB RIBA

David Archer was born in Haddington, Scotland in 1967, and grew up in Manchester. After graduating from Canterbury University School of Architecture in 1989 he went on to complete his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London under Peter Cook. In his dissertation he concentrated upon two works. One explored the six churches of Nicholas Hawksmoor, and how liturgy denotes the plan of the building; the second, the Leicester University Building by James Stirling, looked at the emergence of the independent group and British Brutalism. David’s real talent as a student was his ability to draw ideas and convey thinking to others, which he continues to do in architectural practice. Before establishing Archer Humphryes in 2002, he worked with hotelier André Balazs in New York as head of design for AB Hotels, collaborating mainly with Antonio Citterio and Jean Nouvel. Projects included 40 Mercer in Manhattan, and the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. This was the start of a collaboration between David and André that has progressed into symbolic hotel commissions in the practice. He had previously worked for Hopkins Architects, and for Philippe Starck in Paris, working on the design of the Felix bar in the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong and the Delano Hotel in Miami. David Archer met Julie Humphryes in 1997 whilst working upon the design of Ian Schrager’s hotel the Sanderson, with Anda Andreu. This project sparked the start of David and Julie’s collaboration and precipitated the formation of the practice with shared interests in architecture. Now with an international reputation for hotels, restaurants, resorts and residences, that harmoniously integrate interiors and architecture in listed buildings and new architecture, winning over twenty awards and citations of excellence internationally.David has forged long-term relationships with several key clients including restaurateur Alan Yau, creator of Wagamama. Together they have developed a unique concept of ‘dynamic dining’ that has successfully translated into a collection of much-imitated eateries including Busaba Eathai and Hakkasan.


Our Team