Established in 2002 by Julie Ann Humphryes and David Archer, 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 as well as sea and air projects. From their studio in Clerkenwell, London they have completed niche projects notably including the Chiltern Firehouse and London’s highly anticipated Peninsula Hotel, due to open in 2021.
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; 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.
With a back story that includes working with Anda Andrei at Ian Schrager Hotels, with Philippe Starck and Jean Michel Wilmotte in Paris, with new airliners including Airbus Industrie and Virgin Atlantic, with Andre Balazs in New York, the pair have lived in New York, Hong Kong, Japan, Paris and Germany before marking the start of a lifelong business together. The studio principles belong to geometry, proportion, suitability and a collection of thoughts and observations being constantly updated through study, drawing and efforts. Having this memory bank allows the project to aggregate 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.