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 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.
CARMINE DE CHIRICO BSc, MSc O.A.P.P.C
Carmine is an Italian Architect who graduated from the Politecnico di Milano. He gained his experience in residential, retail and office schemes, working for Atelier Vaerini, Studio Luraschi and Studio DC10. In the past few years, prior to joining Archer Humphryes, he has been implementing BIM workflows. Since joining Archer Humphryes in 2016, Carmine’s work at Archer Humphryes is mainly focused on BIM implementation. He is currently working on the public areas of a high-end hotel in Hyde Park Corner.
PETER COOK BA(Hons), DipArch
Part II Architectural Assistant
Peter’s technical background emanated with multi-award winning architectural engineers Fluid Structures, where he worked alongside architects Panter Hudspith and Make Architects to develop various mixed-use commercial and private residential structural schemes and scale models on such schemes as Westminster Abbey Café extension. He was also commissioned to create several interactive installations, façade research and co-wrote in house publication Low Energy Design For the 21st Century through 2011. After graduating from the University of Westminster in 2010 and London Southbank University in 2013, Peter’s involvement with technical packages varies from working with Architectural interior designers, Nelson Design for the Zurich airport commercial team and the rebranding and renovation of Centre parks sites as well as working with architects Palladian London including a £10 million residential and social housing scheme, various high-end private houses, a London art gallery before project managing an £8 million mansion block renovation for the Saudi Royal family in 2016. Peter joined Archer Humphryes in 2017 where he is heavily involved with the Grade II listed renovation and extension work including technical packages for the world renowned Koko Music venue in Camden Town, London, whilst studying for his RIBA Part III qualification at the University of Westminster.
FREDERICO CUNHA E SILVA BA, MArch, ARB, O.A.
Frederico is a Portuguese Architect who graduated from University of Lisbon. Before moving to London, Frederico worked in a Portuguese firm, gaining his experience in mainly private residential schemes. Since joining Archer Humphryes in 2016, he has worked on several projects including the refurbishment of a Grade II listed former bonded warehouse in Manchester with 166 apartments and the public areas of a high-end hotel in Hyde Park Corner. Currently, Frederico’s work at Archer Humphryes is mainly focused on creating effective 3D models and visualisations for concept and feasibility stages. He has also produced 3D visualisations for the following projects – the rooftop restaurant and bar for Peninsula Hotel, a restaurant and brasserie in former monastery in Milan, luxury boutique hotel in Soho, a luxury private ski club in Gstaad, a restaurant in the BBC Television Centre Rotunda and the foyer and artist bar at Queen Elizabeth Hall.
PIERRE DROWN BSc (Hons), MSc, DipArch, ARB, RIBA
Pierre has over two decades of experience in large infrastructure projects including high -end hotels, city quarters and sports architecture. Working on projects macro and micro in scale, Pierre can tackle large and complex engineering and design challenges. He enables technologically advanced design that is appropriate, economic and sensitive to environmental and human needs. He has a sophisticated approach to construction detailing, with a methodology that straddles bespoke contemporary detailing with state – of – the – art materials or products, alongside craftsmanship that exists in historic fabric.
With his comprehensive experience of international multidisciplinary teams, he is well placed to collaboratively design technically demanding projects and study the function of the buildings. Pierre has experience that innovate an appropriate, economic and sensitive solution to environmental and human needs. Pierre is currently working on the construction for a historic Listed Farm in Kent, which in an AONB has had major surveys to undertake ecologically, contamination and explosive ordnances. The project entails 5 historic buildings that are being stitched together with new buildings to create a modern living residential farmstead. He also has responsibility for the penthouse in Television Centre, formerly the BBC site at White City, where Archer Humphryes have created a luxury apartment. This project is the flagship residential apartment of the scheme for Stanhope PLC and the Mitsui Foundation in Japan, being the most elaborate and expensive.
Pierre joined Archer Humphryes Architects in 2015, after returning from the UAE. He is a bilingual French architect registered with both the RIBA and l’Ordre des Architectes. Before joining Archer Humphryes, he worked on the Qatar Technology and Science Park (Tech4) project in Doha from concept to construction. This projects vision is to be an international hub for scientific and technology innovation, tech-based entrepreneurship and high-tech businesses, for the Qatar Foundation. Prior to that, he worked in France, Libya and he has more than 12 years of experience in the UK, working on stadiums, post production buildings and the masterplan for Pinewood Studios, offices and residential buildings in London.
LAURA FERRER BSc, MArch, ARB, O.A.
Laura is a Portuguese Architect who graduated from University of Lisbon and has also studied in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before moving to London, Laura worked in Japan, Portugal and China taking part in projects raging from cultural to educational and residential. Before joining Archer Humphryes she worked on high-end residential projects in prime and super prime areas in London, including Listed Buildings. She is currently working on a high-end residential refurbishment in Notting Hill and on the Queen Elizabeth’s Hall foyer refurbishment at the SouthBank Centre.
LAURA CALISTRI BSc, MSc, MArch, ARB
Laura is an Italian Architect who completed her architectural studies at the University of Florence in Italy. After working a few years in Italy, Laura moved to the UK in 2005 and began her career at EPR Architects working on various office and residential schemes from inception to completion. In 2008, Laura moved to Orms where she was a Project Architect on several commercial projects. Since joining Archer Humphryes in 2012, she has worked on Chiltern Firehouse Hotel and Restaurant, Duck and Rice restaurant and Babaji restaurant fit-outs in London, the office fit-out of two floors inside The Shard and several feasibility studies including a 62-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in Soho and the design of a restaurant and brasserie in a former monastery in Milan, Italy. Laura is currently working on the interior design of the foyer and artists bar of the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and a luxury private ski club in Gstaad, Switzerland.
ANTHONY HEMY BA Hons, Dip Arch (Oxf), Architect
Anthony begun work with Archer Humphryes Architects twelve years ago when the team was heavily involved in the planning applications for Buxton Crescent and The Gainsborough in Bath, one being Grade 1 listed, the other being part of the UNESCO palimpsest at the heart of Roman Bath. Buxton in particular included generating a spa hotel utilising the spring water with a masterplan that linked the crescent colonnade with retail to the Joseph Paxton Gardens and The Gainsborough was a new annex to link the former hospital building into a new use as a five star luxury hotel, with a state of the art spa centre, again utilising the natural hot springs. Having concentrated on conservation and the creation of new buildings in sensitive environments since joining the practice, Anthony has a breadth of experience in mainstream architecture including the sympathetic design of new buildings and the sensitive conversion and refurbishment of buildings and urban fabric.
Other projects of note in Bath that he oversaw with the partners was the restoration of 17th and 18th century town houses, a Medieval timber house and new buildings in a mixed use scheme combing retail, civic and residential at 15 Broad Street. A complicated scheme, requiring a careful technical approach to secure all the consents at the planning and Listed building stage through to the delivery of the construction for the Trevor Osbourne Group.
Anthony’s background enables him to bridge between the new and the old, to understand the needs of the differing strands of heritage sites within contemporary contexts, their complex history, architectural and social development and to make a strong contribution to the success of their future purpose. In Hackney he restored a 17th Century house, and in Wiltshire he brought to life a listed arts and crafts Manor House with multiple additions and conversions. Currently, he is involved in the refurbishment and redevelopment of The London Warehouse a hotel in the heart of Manchester, where he has responsibility for the historic detailing, listed and planning consents and the detailed NBS specification for construction and quality management, which is now on site. In Berwick-upon –Tweed on a smaller scale he has been responsible for the restoration, adaption and extension of The Old Whaling House at the mouth of the river on the seafront. In supporting other project directors, Anthony has added his specific skills and expertise in restoration on conservation detailing and knowledge to the listed consents and technical ability in period detailing to the conversion of the former Camden Town Hall into a 270 bedroom hotel for Standard Hotels International and the redevelopment of Koko (formerly Camden Palace) a Victorian theatre which will remain an entertainment venue with a newly built addition of a boutique hotel.
Anthony studied architecture at Oxford Polytechnic (Oxford Brookes University). Anthony initially trained under Sir Frederick Gibberd and developed an interest in computers and architecture. He then moved to Darbourne and Darke and was appointed project architect for IBM at Hursley Park. This provided experience in project management and contract co-ordination on large-scale projects. Following a short period at The Halpern Partnership (now Formation Architects) working on a variety of commercial projects he formed Anthony Hemy Architecture in 1987. This involved projects ranging from the ‘grandeur’ of a luxury classical apartment block in Mansfield Street, W1, to the ‘novel’, the conservation of disused public toilets to a Bistro; from ‘residential’ including individually designed houses to ‘commercial’ such as highly serviced factory units.
GEOFF HOWARD BA (Hons)
Originally a furniture designer/maker and controlling his own company and workshop for a number of years Geoff was invited to work for Cheshire based interior design firm Lister Carter in 2003. Working as project manager Geoff completed several high end projects including the renovation of a grade II Arts and Crafts mansion in Somerset, Restaurants in London and Kent as well as domestic projects in London. Drawing on his experience as a maker and because of the bespoke nature of these projects Geoff was able to control not only the fine details of the build but also the supply of many very high quality bespoke items such as furniture and feature pieces.
Since moving to Archer Humphryes in 2006 Geoff has gone on to work on varied prestigious and award winning projects such as management of The Print Room and Sandy Feet Restaurant projects in Bournemouth. He has also overseen the completion of several luxury bespoke domestic projects in London and for International clients.
As part of the team at AHA Geoff has been involved in the development of a number of large Hotel schemes such as Chilltern Firehouse, The Sans Souci in Vienna, The Savernake Estate hotel in Somerset and The Adam Hotel in Split, Croatia.
HOWARD JONES BA Hons, Dip Arch, Dip AP ARB
Howard is a Project Director with twenty years of experience specialising in experience in delivering a diverse portfolio of building typologies including commercial, residential, retail, large scale mixed-use developments and more recently hotels and hospitality since joining the practice eight years ago. This includes new build, conversions, refurbishment, restoration and heritage schemes in Listed Buildings for budget, boutique and luxury brands. His unique skills are in the construction detailing and delivery of complex buildings, specifically working with fragile listed civic buildings for conversion for public use. Namely, he has had responsibility for Lalit Hotel London, formerly a grammar school, The Standard, formerly a town hall and Koko, formerly a theatre.
At Archer Humphryes Architects Howard holds responsibility with the partners – in – charge for the daily delivery and overseeing the construction of the for multi-award winning projects including the recent Chiltern Firehouse. Voted by the Lord Mayor as the winner in 2014 of New London Architecture awards along with many other hospitality awards, the development was overseen from purchase, feasibility, planning to implementation through to completion under his stewardship. The project saw the derelict former Victorian Fire station repurposed, with a new architectural wing and full restoration of the heritage listed assets, with a new internal piazza combined with the interior design, fit – out and curation, creating new luxury hotel destination, described by the Telegraph as ‘ hottest celebrity hangout in London.’
Howard continues to be responsible for a number of prestigious hotels of varying scales of complexity. He oversees and advises the design teams regarding all aspects of technical design, specification, legal compliance, and contract, risk and quality management with exemplary best practice. His expertise covers not only strategic planning, design and programming but also a profound knowledge of both modern and traditional building technology, practice’s contract, risk and quality management.
Howard carried out his architectural studies at De Montfort University, Leicester before spending a period of time working in Munich prior to developing his architectural career in practice in London. He now lives in London with his family.
KEUNTAC KIM BA (Hons)
Part I Architectural Assistant
Keuntac is an energetic and enthusiastic Part I from Mackintosh School of Architecture who has been working as an Architectural Assistant since 2014 in various cities including, Bath, Seoul, Singapore and London. Prior to Archer Humphryes, Keuntac successfully finished his internship at Ministry of Design and managed to gain hands on experiences in exclusive high-end residential projects and bespoke interior design fit-out schemes based in Shanghai, Bali and Kuala Lumpur. Since joining Archer Humphryes in 2017, Keuntac has been supporting the design teams by helping on the creation of 3D models and 3D visualisations and architectural drawings for concept and feasibility studies including the following projects – the refurbishment of a Grade II listed former bonded warehouse in Manchester with 166 apartments, a restaurant and brasserie in former monastery in Milan, luxury boutique hotel in Soho, Chiltern Firehouse function rooms, a luxury private ski club in Gstaad, Moreton Hall and Koko, a hotel and music venue in Camden.
ROGER LLIMARGAS BA, ARB
Roger, since joining Archer Humphryes Architects provides strategic and design support across multiple projects in the practice. He studied architecture in Barcelona and graduated as an architect in 2011. A year after graduating Roger moved to London and worked on renowned exclusive high-end residential developments in Central London. Roger responsibility at Archer Humphryes Architects as project architect for hotel, workplace, and serviced apartments schemes in Central London and the refurbishment of a Grade II listed former bonded warehouse in Manchester with 166 apartments.
Roger also leads a number of private residential projects and has an expertise in bespoke contemporary and historic detailing. His background in Spain and his multidisciplinary approach is reflected in projects at all scales, from complex building schemes to groundbreaking concepts. His projects have significant interaction with the future occupation of the building and Roger is passionate about incorporating emerging technologies that extend efficiency and enhance the design, construction and delivery process making the project viable going into the future post practical completion.
TONY LU BASc, DipArch, RIBA, ARB
Tony obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Chemistry degree in Taiwan before moving to the UK to pursue his architectural studies. After completing his studies at the Architectural Association in 2004, he soon began his career with Ramboll Whitbybird, his work including the Cambridge Riverside and the Hepworth Gallery. As an Architect, Tony gained his experience in high-end residential, retail, hotel and historically sensitive schemes, working for well-known practices – Weldon Walshe and Benedetti Architects. Since joining Archer Humphryes in 2017, he has been fully involved with the delivery of the 270-room London Standard Hotel.
NICOLAS MESSARITIS BA(Hons), DipArch, Dip AP, ARB
Nicolas is a Cypriot Architect with more than 5 years experience in the UK. Since graduating the University of Westminster in 2010 he has worked with a number of high-profile practices including, PLP Architecture, Sheppard Robson and RSH+P. Prior to joining Archer Humphryes his work focused on Master-planning, Serviced Apartments and Residential projects in the UK and China. Since joining the practice in 2016, he has been fully engaged with the delivery of the London Standard Hotel, the brand’s first project outside the US, consisting of 270 rooms. Nicolas is involved on the construction packages of all hotel areas and is following the project through to completion.
DWIGHT PEREIRA BA(Hons), DipArch, Dip AP, ARB
Dwight has ten years experience within the architectural industry in the UK and joined Archer Humphryes Architects in early 2017 to work an a high-end residential extension and refurbishments in London. He brings insight and creativity to the development of strategic projects, and demonstrates strong conceptual judgment when integrating buildings into sensitive settings, both urban and rural. Dwight studied architecture at the National University of Singapore and at the University of Liverpool.
Before joining Archer Humphryes Architects Dwight worked upon a variety of high-end residential projects focussing on the technical aspect and producing all documentation required for feasibility, planning, building regulations BREEAM and site coordination.
MARCO PIRAS BA, DipArch, MArch ARB
Marco is a Project Director with 15 years of experience across a diverse portfolio of building typologies and large multi – disciplinary projects. A qualified architect, he joined Archer Humphryes Architects in 2014 following a year at Foster + Partners. He studied architecture in Turin at Politecnico di Torino and at TU Delft. In his early career he worked in practices in Italy and in Greece and taught architecture in Russia at the Moscow Architectural Institute. He obtained his MArch at Università degli Studi “Federico II” in Naples in 2010.
At Archer Humphryes Architects, Marco brings a strong, practical and pragmatic commercial approach, honed in the hospitality construction industry. He is responsible for an impressive number of projects and leads a dedicated team of highly experienced, motivated talented architects and hotel designers. He manages the procurement process and the design construction implementation. With challenging multi – phased, sensitive refurbishments with complex new construction, with recognised international clients, he successfully for Archer Humphryes Architects oversees a number of high profile projects including the 270-bedroom Standard Hotel. He has been responsible with the partner – in charge, for practical thinking and design flare for clients that include Starwood, Aman and Peninsula Hotels in the design studio. By overseeing the feasibility and tender group in the office, he is fluent in developing innovative ideas within budgetary and technical constraints. His working methods are driven by extensive research, experimentation and intellectual challenge.
LOUIZA POLYZOGOPOULOU BSc, MSc, MArch, ARB
Louiza joined Archer Humphryes Architects in 2016 and has over ten years of architectural experience. A gifted designer who previously won competitions in her own right, winning first place in an International Competition for a Primary School in Thessaloniki, Greece, she has already in over a year contributed to an impressive portfolio of hospitality design work. Possessing strong organizational and design communication skills Louiza has worked with the team on a 70-bedroom hotel in Soho and for the Standard Hotel team in Kings Cross. Currently Louiza is working on a large-scale luxury restaurant in Waterloo Place St. James, a private house in Spencer Park and a private country house in Wiltshire for a highly respected individual.
With a broad experience on a variety of projects including new build, conversions, refurbishment and restoration work, Louizas’ architectural talent responds to the partners design proposals which are based on a language of: context, public realm, human emotion, legibility, sustainability and teamwork. Her skills are an invaluable asset to the team and allow her to work across a range of sectors.
Louiza studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and Delft University of Technology, followed a MArch in “Architectural Project for the Historical City” at the University of Naples “Federico II.”
FAHMIDA RAHMAN BA (Hons), DipArch, ARB
Fahmida has over ten years of experience of a wide-variety of high – end luxury projects including hotels and residential new build, conversions, refurbishment and restoration work. After graduating from the University of Westminster in 2006, London, Fahmida worked on a number of complex mixed – use schemes in London and private high-end residential projects. Her distinct skill set and talent is in creating striking interiors which embrace the clients ambitions and architecture that provides the specialist technical knowledge in the hospitality sector.
Since joining Archer Humphryes Architects, she has had a number of years working exclusively on hotel design and function having worked collaboratively with the partners at the design stage, alongside a number of different artists, curators, set designers and operators to develop successful schemes for a variety of hotel types including budget, boutique and luxury brands.
Completed work for the practices that Fahmida had responsibility for include the luxury resort in the Algarve, Vila Vita Parc. This project included six restaurants, including a 2* Michelin Restaurant called ‘Ocean,’ and a large architectural extension and adaption to create a new Pool Club for the resort opening recently this year. This involved working in a geotechnical area, with earthquake design, a harsh marine environment with the added constraints of phasing and occupation by guests paying high sums as the resort did not close during the construction. With a high ethos in sustainability, the project was awarded the ‘World’s Leading Green Hotel’ which Archer Humphryes Architects fully endorsed in the design with careful material and sourcing of the project. Entwining sustainability into the project is shared The Design Hotel, The Beach in Koh Samui, which is nearing completion also. Fahmida is now working on the refurbishment of a grade II listed Hotel in Manchester comprising of 170 serviced apartments, central bar & lobby, co-working lounge and office suites. In addition, Fahmida is working on the design of a restaurant in a former Renaissance monastery in Milan, Italy owned by the Vatican. Fahmida’s experience in mixed – use schemes have assisted the planning and development of both of these schemes. By combining interior and architectural ability Fahmida is actively involved in the delivery of the construction on site.
SOPHIE TAN B.Arch (Hons), DipArch
Part II Architectural Assistant
Sophie joined Archer Humphryes Architects soon after graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 2015. Quickly assuming responsibility for design development under the partners her talent for architecture and interiors has enabled her to broaden her experience in handling sensitive hotel restorations, extensions and building innovation.
Sophie has worked on a breadth of projects in the studio including a mews conversion to offices [Chiltern Firehouse], the Dubai branch of the Babaji restaurant chain for Alan Yau restranteur, and an exclusive ski club in Gstaad. Currently, she is involved with partners in the refurbishment of a Grade II listed private residence in Berwick-Upon-Tweed, a pub fit-out in Soho, and the design of a 62-bedroom luxury boutique hotel in Soho.
Working with the team she co - oordinates the feasibilities in the office. Her working methods are driven by experimentation and intellectual challenge. Recent feasibility studies including the exotic Villa Sheherezade and a luxury yacht for production by Swan Nautor. Added to this she carries out extensive research in materials, new technologies and sources new products for both interiors and architecture.
Having lived in 12 countries and dabbled in 7 languages, Sophie is an ambitious explorer with a strong personal identity that is interested in the culture and place of architectural context. As a student her ambition made her part of the team behind the internationally featured student MacMag39 with reviews in leading design journals including Archdaily, Dezeen and Archinect. She continues to write and add to the social vibrancy of the office. Prior to Archer Humphryes, Sophie has designed boutique residential and commercial projects in Switzerland and France with Dôme Intérieurs and Agence Taillibert International.
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.’