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



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 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.

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