Founded in 2002 by David Archer and Julie Humphryes, Archer Humphryes Architects are experts in the design of hotels, restaurants, residences and resorts. To date, the practice has completed more than £100 million worth of projects, switching effortlessly between the role of architect and interior designer as well as embracing the design of furniture, lighting, products and graphics.
The practice has built a reputation for designing lifestyle spaces for eating, drinking, sleeping and being seen, created in both new builds and historic settings. All work is underpinned by the practice’s core concerns with balancing past and present; classic and contemporary; economy and luxury; and reliability and iconoclasm.
This approach is demonstrated in recently completed projects: the Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone for hotelier André Balazs, the Great Northern Hotel at London’s King’s Cross for financier Jeremy Robson and Vienna’s Sans Souci Hotel for art collector Norbert Winkelmayer. These will be followed shortly by the Lalit London hotel at 1 Tower Bridge, and The Beach private residence club in Koh Samui.
The practice has forged fruitful long-term relationships with many of its clients. These include restaurateur Alan Yau, for whom Archer Humphryes has designed a variety of restaurants including Hakkasan and the Busaba Eathai chain; and YOO Group, the hotel and homes group set up by Philippe Starck and John Hitchcox. Other prominent clients include Manhattan Loft Corporation, Berkeley Homes, Portman Estate, Absolute Group and Sophie Conran.