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.

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