Profile

HMY is an award winning Architectural Practice based in Kent. Established in Covent Garden in 1984 and now operating from studios in Tunbridge Wells, Canterbury and Dover, our team includes five partners and 27 staff.

We design buildings and environments of different scales and complexity across a wide range of sectors in London and the South-East. From masterplanning exercises, new buildings, sensitive conservation work and interior design projects, we are experienced in the delivery of residential, commercial, healthcare and leisure sectors. Good communication and dialogue have become central to the ethos of our practice – we believe that the best buildings arise from the client, and ultimately the contractor, becoming full participating members of the design team.

Our aspiration is to create the highest quality modern architecture for our clients. This is enabled by our ongoing commitment to the use of the latest design technology available combined with our strongly motivated, professional and highly qualified design team.

Our people

The Partners, Architects, Architectural Assistants and Interior Designers all work together to create intelligent buildings which inspire and delight. 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.

John McCormack

BSc (Hons) BArch RIBA
johnmc@hmy.uk.com

John has been a Partner at HMY since the Practice started in 1984. He is responsible for the financial administration of the Practice, as well as leading on educational, residential and special needs sector work, and acting as a Principal Designer.

John has extensive experience working for developers, education providers, community and commercial clients, translating and converting their needs and aspirations into viable and practical, well-designed solutions within a clearly defined budget and timescale.

Outside of work, John has been the Director of Estates and a Board Member at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club since 2014.

Key Projects:
Respite Care Facility for Children and Specialist School Provisions for LB of Waltham Forest / New Science Block at Fort Pitt Grammar School in Chatham / Babington House School in Chislehurst / Redevelopment of Walton Heath Golf Clubhouse Site / Specialist School Provision in Romford / Mixed Use development in Billingshurst / Various Residential schemes for Developers and House Owners.

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Stephen Coomber

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
stephenc@hmy.uk.com

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.

During his time at HMY, Stephen has led and been involved primarily in Educational and Healthcare projects across the South East. In the Healthcare sector, Stephen works closely with clients to re-develop hospital estates and other medical environments incorporating the latest technology creating environments to improve wellbeing. In education he continues to work across all sectors from nurseries to universities and special needs, utilising our in-house Interior Design Team.

Stephen is former chair of RIBA West Kent Branch and occasional visiting studio tutor and a Constructing Excellence Committee Member.

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James Galpin

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
jamesg@hmy.uk.com

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

James is passionate about working with clients to provide them with buildings and developments that exceed and reflect their aspirations. Although he has worked in many sectors, James’s focus is mainly on commercial, education and residential projects, with a specialism in Passivhaus and low energy design.

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James Robson

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
jamesr@hmy.uk.com

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

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David Hall

BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
davidh@hmy.uk.com

David joined HMY in 2009 and became a full equity Partner in May 2018. As well as his Partner responsibilities including QA, Health & Safety and Technical Standards along with performing the duties of Principal Designer for clients, David is also the Partner responsible for the Dover Office.

David’s key areas of expertise are the technical delivery and construction phases of projects and he has many years’ experience acting on behalf of the Practice as Contract Administrator/Site Delivery Architect, working closely with clients, contractors and consultants to ensure the successful delivery of many successful, exciting and stimulating buildings for the Practice.

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  • Victoria Pope
    Associate

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

    Victoria first started working at HMY in 2005 as a Post Part I Architectural Assistant. She has since become a fully qualified Architect and most recently an Associate.

    She has comprehensive experience of a variety of projects from inception through to completion. Since being at the Practice, Victoria has experienced a range of project types and scales including one off residential dwellings, large-scale mixed-use masterplans, school development plans, community spaces and sporting facilities. She has a particular passion for residential master-planning and urban design and is developing this resource within the practice.

    Victoria also commits time to her role as the Vice Chair of the RIBA Canterbury Branch, which involves arranging site visits and CPD seminars, and she is a key part of the local Women in Architecture movement.

    In-house Victoria undertakes Practice Management roles such as resource planning, QA implementation and overall Practice promotion and business development. Through this she is now an active member of the Kent Construction Focus Group.

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  • Chris Burrows
    Senior Architect

    BA Dip Arch MSc Meng RIBA

    Chris joined HMY in 2013, bringing extensive experience gained from working in multiple London practices. As a Senior Architect he has successfully delivered several educational projects for HMY, most recently an award-winning new-build primary school for the Hundred of Hoo Academy.

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  • Andrew Bardel
    Architect

    BA (Hons) AADipl RIBA

    Andrew joined HMY in 2007 as an Architect. Working alongside the rest of the team, Andrew has been involved in many projects including new builds and refurbishments at a number of schools, universities and hospitals. Andrew has gained extensive experience and knowledge and this is reflected in his work.

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  • Rui Marques
    Architect

    BArch RIBA

    Rui joined the HMY team in 2013 after moving to the UK from Portugal. In addition to his role as Architect, Rui is the Practice’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) Manager.

    He has worked on a wide variety of projects including new PassivHaus builds, the redevelopment of local hotels and car parks and most recently working with the team on the Kent and Medway Medical School at the University of Kent.

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  • Trish Hollick
    Senior Architectural Technician

    Dip BDS, Dip SIAD

    Trish joined HMY in June 2018 as a Senior Architectural Technician.

    Having worked at Hartwell Architects for 18 years prior to the merger with HMY, she brings considerable experience to the team. Since joining HMY, Trish has been involved with a variety of projects in and around the Dover area, including new housing for Thanet District Council, the revival of Dover Western Docks and the development of the Archcliffe Forte.

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  • Teodoro Tonelli
    Architectural Assistant

    BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

    Teodoro joined the HMY team in 2018 as an Architectural Assistant. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge designing buildings via 3d modelling, CGI Imagery and video presentation, assisting the Practice across all three offices.

    These skills help clients to engage more fully in the design process and to facilitate involvement in developing their projects.

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  • Alexandre Rego
    Architectural Assistant

    RIBA Part II - BA (Hons) MArch

    Alex joined HMY in July 2018 as an Architectural Assistant after moving to the UK from Portugal. Working alongside other team members, Alex has most recently been involved with the build of a new Community Hub and Medical Centre in Southborough.

    Other professional achievements include a published article ‘The Architectural Roots’ in Tendedeira Magazine Portugal, and an honourable mention in a contest of ideas for minimum spaces habitable in the site arquitectura.pt and published in the magazine Architecture & Life, Portugal.

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  • Joanna McCormack
    Practice Administrator

    London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Private Secretary’s Certificate

    Prior to joining the Practice in 1991 Joanna worked for International Cost Consultants and was PA to the Managing Partner of an Architect’s Practice in London. Leading the Admin Team, Joanna reports directly to each of the Partners, providing HR and Financial Administrative support as well as ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of HMY’s three offices across Kent. Joanna is responsible for all non-project matters in the Practice and her experience guides the Admin Team to perform professionally and to a high standard.

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  • Georgina Harrison
    Finance Assistant

    Member of the Institute of Legal Finance & Management

    Georgina has been the Finance Assistant at HMY since 2016. Prior to this she trained at, and worked for, a Chartered Accountant’s Practice for over 20 years and then spent 12 years as Finance Manager for a firm of solicitors. Reporting directly to the Practice Administrator she is responsible for maintaining the SAGE records, assisting with producing management figures and dealing with daily financial queries.

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  • Belinda Tonelli
    Associate

    BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

    Belinda studied at Brighton University and qualified as an Architect in 1998. She has been with HMY since 2005 and was made an Associate in May 2018.

    Belinda is a highly experienced Project Architect and has managed a wide variety of projects, including residential, education and leisure developments. She has experience working on the restoration and conservation of Listed buildings, one of which was awarded the Kent Design and Development Conservation Award 2018.

    Belinda has also managed several BIM level 2 projects, which require the production of information in a collaborative 3D environment.

    Belinda is currently leading the teams for the new Kent and Medway Medical School for the University of Kent, and a Respite Care Centre / Specialist School in Leyton Green for the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

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  • Alan Found
    Senior Architect

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch MA RIBA

    Alan joined the HMY team in June 2018 following the merger with Hartwell Architects. He is now acting as a Senior Architect in our Dover office and is responsible for CDM and quality management for the Dover office. Since joining HMY, Alan has been involved in various projects including the regeneration of Dover Town Centre, new housing for Dover District Council, multiple projects for the Port of Dover and a new £3M church building that recently obtained planning permission.

    During his years as a Partner at Hartwell Architects Alan led on many of the projects including a £27M factory for carbon fibre manufacture in Hampshire and many school development projects throughout Kent.

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  • Akilah Damani
    Architect

    BA (Hons) BArch MA RIBA

    Akilah joined HMY in 2014 as an Architect. Focusing mainly on the healthcare sector, Akilah has been involved with many successful projects for East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust, William Harvey Hospital and QEQM Hospitals, refurbishing and creating new and innovative workspaces. She is also the Project Architect for a new concept in dementia care at the Harmonia Dementia Village in Dover (Designing for people living with dementia).

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  • Olympia Nicholaou
    Architect

    BA (Hons) MArch PGDip RIBA

    Olympia started working at HMY in 2014 as a Part II Architectural Assistant and became a fully qualified Architect in 2016.

    She has worked across a variety of sectors including residential, educational and leisure but predominately works within the education sector for both new builds and refurbishments. She has been involved in a diverse range of projects for nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. Olympia aspires to create spaces that enhance learning and teaching environments.

    She has also been involved in the RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme (South East) mentoring students from the local universities.

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  • Nathaniel Seall
    Architectural Assistant and CAD Manager

    RIBA Part II - BA (Hons) MArch (with Architectural Pedagogy)

    Nathaniel first joined the HMY team in 2008 as an Architectural Assistant and is currently taking his Part III examinations to become a fully qualified Architect. He is also the CAD Manager for the Practice as well as Assistant BIM Manager.

    As well as helping the whole team with CAD and IT training, queries and development, Nathaniel has been involved in many different projects, working with clients, contractors and other consultants at all stages of the project lifecycle. In the last few years he has been involved in a number of refurbishment, conservation and restoration projects on locally significant Listed buildings.

    Alongside his work at HMY, Nathaniel is also a Studio Tutor and regular Guest Critic on the Architecture degree course at Kent School of Architecture and Planning.

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  • Chris Settle
    Architectural Assistant

    RIBA Part I - BA (Hons)

    Chris recently joined the HMY team as an Architectural Assistant and is working towards his RIBA Part II qualification.

    Previously Chris was employed by the Canterbury School of Architecture where he established and supported resources specialising in digital fabrication, motion tracking and virtual reality.

    He has been assisting the Canterbury team with many projects since joining HMY and has been involved with a range of RIBA stages, developing his knowledge and skills throughout.

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  • Ryan Croall
    Architectural Assistant

    RIBA Part I – BA (Hons)

    Ryan has recently joined the HMY team as an Architectural Assistant. He is assisting the Dover team on a variety of projects, developing his skills and technical knowledge to gain professional experience that will help him towards becoming a fully qualified Architect in the future.

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  • Julie Brown
    Practice Secretary


    Julie has worked in the construction industry since leaving school and joined HMY in 1990. She now assists the Practice Administrator with the many and varied aspects of Practice Management, including assisting the technical staff when required and overseeing our Constructionline presence. Julie is responsible for managing Frameworks and assists the Partners in submitting bid documents as well as collating information for benchmarking and Professional Indemnity Insurance renewals.

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  • Ella Cocker
    Office Assistant/Project Support

    BA Hons Fashion Design

    Ella joined HMY in 2018 and ensures there is always support for the team. She is responsible for answering the telephones, typing, filing, CPD co-ordination and Document Control. She also uses her design skills when helping to prepare marketing material and administering the Image Library for the Practice.

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  • Bryn Warlow
    Associate

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

    Bryn joined HMY in 2005 having studied for his degree and diploma at Portsmouth and Plymouth universities respectively and completed his Part 3 studies in 2007. He became an Associate in May 2019.

    Bryn has extensive experience in the education sector and has been the project architect for numerous successful and award-winning projects over the last 10 years for both Local Authority and Independent School clients including, most recently, Skinners Kent Primary School and The Great Hall, Kent College Canterbury.

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  • Paul Tanner
    Senior Architect

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA

    Since joining HMY in 2014 as a Senior Architect, Paul has designed and overseen the delivery of a wide range of projects including houses, apartments and mixed-use buildings in both urban and rural contexts, and more recently new rugby facilities including a clubhouse, for Dartford Borough Council.

    He works with clients from both the private and public sectors, assisting them from the initial briefing and design stage right through to completion.

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  • William Emmett
    Architect

    BA (Hons) PGDip March RIBA

    Will joined HMY in 2015 as an Architectural Assistant and gained experience on a range of educational and residential projects before successfully qualifying as an Architect in October 2017.

    He has been involved in designing several new school buildings such as a new dining hall at Lancing College and the new Great Hall at Kent College Canterbury. He is currently working on the Centenary Centre at Sevenoaks Prep School and the Southborough Hub multi-use community centre.

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  • Neil Trett
    Senior Interior Designer

    BA (Hons) Int Arch BIID

    Neil joined HMY in September 2004 and is now the Senior Interior Designer for the Practice.

    He has extensive experience of educational, health and commercial refurbishment and fit-outs, and inputs into the design of all the interior spaces and specification of interior finishes, delivering inspiring spaces whilst specifying safe, robust and easily maintained materials.

    Neil has been instrumental in the design of a variety of new and refurbished schools, colleges and universities and has also worked on a number of historic buildings including scheduled monuments and Grade 1 listed buildings, some of which have been shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards.

    Outside of work Neil has designed a range of furniture pieces that were exhibited at 100% Design and received press coverage from around the world.

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  • Shaun Lilley
    Architectural Assistant

    RIBA Part II - BA (Hons) MArch

    Shaun joined HMY in July 2018 as an Architectural Assistant and is working towards his RIBA Part III to become a fully qualified RIBA Chartered Architect. Since joining the Practice Shaun has been involved with various projects, supporting his team members, most recently on the Kent and Medway Medical School.

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  • Lauren Bason
    Architectural Assistant and Assistant Interior Designer

    RIBA Part I - BA (Hons)

    Lauren joined HMY in 2017 and achieved her RIBA Part I from UCA Canterbury. She is currently working as an Architectural Assistant and Assistant Interior Designer on a variety of projects ranging from educational, historical and healthcare, all varying in size.

    She has been involved in all aspects of the projects and has been able to combine her Interior Design knowledge with her Architectural skills to help create new and exciting designs.

    She enjoys all parts of the design process from the initial conceptual ideas, creating digital visualisations through to the dialogue with clients and contractors as the design progresses and comes to life.

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  • Thomas Taylor
    Architectural Assistant

    RIBA Part II - BA (Hons) MArch

    Thomas joined HMY in 2014 as an Architectural Assistant and is currently working towards his RIBA Part III examinations. He has been involved in multiple residential developments, assisting with the extensions at Harrietsham Primary School and Marlborough House School. He has also worked on several projects for East Kent University NHS Foundation Trust.

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  • Isobel Coomber
    Administrative Assistant

    BA (Hons) BArch

    Issie brings her previous experience as an Architect, both working in other architectural firms and as a sole practitioner, to our Canterbury office. In addition to supporting the technical staff with the administration of project work she is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the office. She also prepares and oversees the annual renewal processes for Certification on Accreditations, including STEM (Steps to Environmental Management Scheme), CHAS (Construction Health & Safety) and Quality Management Standards.

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I write to record my thanks for the very high standards maintained throughout the building of our new Science block. A build costing £3.9 million was always going to present challenges but I have been hugely impressed with the delivery of the construction as well as the fitting out. Thank you for adhering to the high standards required in all aspects and for providing such an outstanding piece of architecture.

Nick Watkiss, Headteacher at Fort Pitt Grammer School

HMY's design team have responded well to the brief set creating two well-designed buildings that will perform well, settle beautifully into this sensitive landscape and provide great facilities for staff and visitors alike. Based on recent feasibility work the buildings should be within budget and to programme....well done HMY!

Laurence Tricker, Programme and Projects Manager at Maidstone Borough Council

Good communication, a professional approach and a responsive team have resulted in two successfully completed projects.

Angela Jenkins, Bursar at Kent College Pembury

Throughout the design process HMY were attentive to the School's needs and always worked extremely closely with them. Once construction started they ably 'managed' the contractor and continued to innovate and ensure that the finished product was of the very highest standard, whilst remaining within budget. The School has gained an outstanding boarding house, significantly due to the efforts of the HMY team. HMY have significant education sector experience and I have no doubt that they are capable of undertaking the most daunting and challenging of tasks in this area. They were a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending them to other clients.

James Stremes, Estates Manager at Whitgift School
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