We are Chartered Architects operating out of studios in Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury. Established in Covent Garden in 1984 the practice now consists of five partners working together with some twenty staff.

We design buildings and environments of various scales and complexity. Working together with clients, contractors and all those involved in the building process, consultation and dialogue has become fundamental to the ethos of our practice. We firmly believe that the best buildings are achieved from detailed briefs generated by committed clients. It is for this reason that we hope that the client, and ultimately the contractor, become full participating members of the design team.

Our passion lies in our wish to create the highest quality modern architecture, combined with our commitment to advancing the technology of the built environment, making beautiful, sustainable and intelligent buildings which inspire and delight.

Taking care, we bring people together to make Architecture.


John McCormack/

BSc (Hons) B. Arch RIBA

A founding partner, John has been with Hazle McCormack Young since 1984 and is responsible for the financial administration of the Practice, human resourcing and resource programming.

John has particular interests in educational and special needs sectors and has extensive contract and site experience.

johnmc (at) hmy (dot) uk (dot) com

Key Projects/
Primary School Expansion Programme/
London Borough of Bexley £18M
Education Buildings/
Medway Council £9M
New BSF Sixth Form Centre/
Haringey £24M
Passmores House/
Refurbishment and extension of Listed building on an ancient monument site £3M

Stephen Coomber/

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

Stephen joined the practice in 1995 and has been a full equity partner since 2000. Stephen is the lead Partner at the Canterbury office where the office specialisms include Healthcare, Special Needs and University projects. He is also responsible for practice wide Quality Assurance.

He is former chair of RIBA West Kent Branch and occasional visiting studio tutor at Brighton & Kent Universities.

stephenc (at) hmy (dot) uk (dot) com

Key Projects/
Foreland SEN new build school ages 2-11/
KCC £8.6M
Music & Performance spaces/
Canterbury Christ Church University £1.5M
BSF Programme Schools/
King Ethelbert School £11M
Northfleet School for Girls £12M
Ursuline College £5M
SEN 16+ Department, primary department building,
library, hall and admin facilities/
Chailey Heritage School £3.9M
CT Scanner, Outpatients procedure rooms and one stop clinic/
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

James Galpin/

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

James joined HMY in 1999 and has been a full equity partner since 2007 with responsibilities for Professional Indemnity, Human Resources, Technical Standards and use of CAD/BIM facilities and IT systems within the practice.

James has a particular interest in sustainability and leads the practices drive for PassivHaus projects where possible. He is a former Chair of RIBA West Kent Branch and Treasurer for the South East Regional Council of the RIBA.

jamesg (at) hmy (dot) uk (dot) com

Key Projects/
Demolition and re-build of a geometrical design house/
Kent £1.2M
New PassivHaus residence for private client/
New BSF development/
Heartlands High School, Haringey £25M
New private jet hanger and offices/
RizonJet £26M

James Robson/

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

James joined HMY in 2005 and has been a full equity partner since 2007 with responsibilities for business development, marketing and design review.

Prior to joining HMY James co-founded a planning and development company in Brighton and has worked with a number of high profile Architects. His commitment to HMY has reinforced his particular interest in school, housing and environmental design and its links with wider infrastructure and townscape.

jamesr (at) hmy (dot) uk (dot) com

Key Projects/
New Primary Schools/
KCC £10M
New Library, Arts Centre and Sports Development/
Kent College, Pembury £5M
New beach house/
Camber, East Sussex
The Learning and Community Campus/
Dartford £8M

David Hall/

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

David has recently become Partner having joined HMY in 2009 and as an Associate since 2016. He has responsibilities for Quality Assurance and Technical Standards within the Practice. He is able to assist clients with Principal Designer services.

Having been heavily involved in leading the detailed design and construction phase workstages for many years this has become David specialism within the practice and he has a particular interest in Contract Administration and Construction phase management.

David has worked on many of the large projects within the practice in the Education, Aerospace/Military, Workplace and Healthcare sectors.

davidh (at) hmy (dot) uk (dot) com

Key Projects/
Fort Pit Grammar School/ New Science Centre
Kent College Pembury/ Masterplanand New Sports Hall
Canterbury Chris Church University/ New Live Sciences and Engineering Buildings
New Office and Production Campus/ Crawley



Alleyn’s School
BAM Construction
Barcombe CE Primary School
Bishop Ramsey School
Brambletye School (Governing Body)
Canterbury Christ Church University
Chailey Heritage School
Cranbrook School
Crispin & Borst
Crockham Hill CE Primary School
Denne Construction
Faithful & Gould (Atkins Group)
Fort Pitt Grammer School
Frances Bardsley School for Girls
Granville School
Greenford High School
Greenwich University
Grove Park Primary School
Haringey Education Services
Holmewood House School
Imperial College London
Ingfield Manor School
Kent College Pembury
Kier Project Investment Ltd
London Oratory School
Marlborough House School
St Clement Danes School
St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive School
St Leonards-Mayfield School
St Matthew Academy
University of Kent
Ursuline College
Willmott Dixon Construction
Whitgift School
AICO Investments
ASRA Greater London Housing Association
Balfour Beatty Homes
BBS Construction
Birchwood Properties
Broomleigh Housing Association
Brownfield Land Assembly Company
Central & Cecil Housing Trust
Circle Anglia Housing
Falcon Investments
Jones Homes (Southern) Ltd
Land Securities Trillium
Metropolitan Housing Trust South Thames
Mid Kent Golf Club
Millwood Designer Homes Ltd
Moat Housing Group
Phillip Jeans Homes
Town & Country Housing Group
Abbeyfield Uxbridge Society Ltd
Bianco Sale Limited
Brighton Society for the Blind
BUPA Care Services
Chartham Surgery
Community Housing & Therapy
Cricklewood Homeless Concern
Deptford Churches
East Kent Community NHS Trust
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation
Queen Mary's Hospital NHS Trust
Passmores House Stabilisation Services
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
Conservators of Ashdown Forest
Diocese of Chichester
Diocese of Rochester
English National Ballet
English Wines Group Plc
Farnrise Construction Ltd
Framework Construction
Hawkhurst Community Centre
Kent County Agriculture Society
NCH & St Leonards Hastings SureStart
Oxted Community Hall
The Brew House Hotel
Treasurer of Wateringbury Village Hall
Tunbridge Wells Borderers Sports Club
Westcombe Park RFC
Aspire Defence Ltd
Aventis Pharma
Barwick Construction
BP International GPM&S
Civils Contracting Solutions
David Hicken Associates
GE Sharpe & Company
Guinness Trust & Centrepoint
Kent Science Park
Kier South East
Laing O'Rourke
mhs homes Group
Rizon Group Holdings
Thales Properties Ltd
Westergate Business Centre
Local Authorities/
Bexley Council
Brighton & Hove City Council
City of Rochester Upon Medway
East Sussex County Council
Greenwich Council
Hastings Borough Council
Kent County Council
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Southwark
Medway Council
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
West Sussex County Council


Chartered Practice/
Tunbridge Wells/
Member No/ 446588
Member No/ 1691777P
AECB (Association for Environment Conscious Building)/
Member/ James Galpin
British Standards Institution (BSI)/
Member No/ 47267949
Member No/ 98905
Data Protection Act/
DPA No/ Z9339478
Dun & Bradstreet/
Member No/ 515612344
The Green Register Personal Certificates/
Gordon Young
Stephen Coomber
Passive House Trust/
Member/ James Galpin
Member No/ 1000646
Member No/ 11304