Hayhurst & Co. Architects

Hayhurst & Co. Architects


  • Practice: Hayhurst & Co. Architects
  • Website: hayhurstand.co.uk/
  • Firm Location: London, England
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2004

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Nick Hayhurst

Nick trained at Edinburgh College of Art and the Architectural Association where he was a recipient of the Future Practice Prize and an honours nominee. He was a scholar at the British School at Rome (Boas Scholar, 2003) and completed his professional training at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Nick founded Tyler Hayhurst in 2004 and later reformed his practice as Hayhurst and Co. in 2009 where he has led a series of pioneering education and residential projects.

Nick has taught and lectured widely and is a Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton where he specialises in design theory and practice. He is currently the subject lead for Future Practice: exploring evolving forms of architectural and design practice. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. Nick has sat on RIBA Council, was one of the author’s of the RIBA’s publication ‘Tomorrow’s Architect’, and is a member of the RIBA Visiting Board where he has chaired the validation of schools of architecture in the UK and overseas. Nick is an External Examiner at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and the Macintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

Nick has lectured widely on the work of the practice at schools of architecture and professional institutions around the UK and regularly contributes to journal articles and the professional press. He has been appointed as an Expert Witness on design related matters and was appointed Chair of Southwark Design Review Panel in 2018 and Chair of Brighton and Hove Place Review Panel in 2019. He also sits on the Croydon Place Review Panel and has been a judge for the RIBA, AJ Retrofit and Civic Trust Awards.

Jonathan Nicholls

Jonathan graduated from the Architectural Association in 2003 and completed his professional qualifications at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is a founding member of Hayhurst and Co. and became a Director in 2013. Jonathan is registered with the ARB and is a Corporate member of the RIBA.

He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nottingham from 2005-2008 and has been a visiting critic at schools of architecture in the UK and in India. Outside of the office he has had articles published in AD, Architects Journal and Blueprint magazines and he has contributed to events and public discussions on the themes of demographic profiling, local cultures, and the effects of behaviour patterns on design performance.

He is an author of the Chandigarh Catalogues; a Graham Foundation funded research project documenting the Indian city of Chandigarh, which was exhibited at the RIBA in 2009, and he is the initiator of Postcode Portraits, an Arts Council funded project that investigates the effects of social classification on the British landscape.

Jonathan leads the technical and material, research and development within the practice and is behind many of the practice’s innovative material approaches to design.

Practice Ideology

Hayhurst and Co. is an award-winning London-based architectural studio established in 2004 by Nick Hayhurst and Jonathan Nicholls. Through their diverse portfolio, they have established a reputation for designing environments that are sensitive and sustainable, innovative and humane, and refined and delightful. They are interested in designing environments that enable and support communities, and spaces that respond inventively and pragmatically to patterns of life and physical contexts. There isn’t a ‘look’ to their projects: each design is unique and tailored to respond to the people their projects are for, the site the space will sit in and the budget available.

They are interested in landscape and materiality, and nature and domesticity and they have explored these themes through projects at every scale. From the design of a window to sit in, to the refurbishment of a space for a community, to the design of a new school and to the masterplan of part of a city.

They work collaboratively with their clients and have been commissioned by a variety of public and private sector, third sector and individuals. They have an excellent record of delivering complex briefs within cost and programme constraints. They have worked with both traditional and design and build procurement routes through all RIBA stages, have led design teams and carried out the role of Lead Consultant and Contract Administration on small bespoke projects as well as complex and multi-million pound, multi-phased schemes.

Their completed projects have won RIBA Awards in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 including the RIBA London Best Small Projects of the Year in 2012, the NLA Best Education Building in 2013, the AJ Retrofit Best Education building in 2014 and the International Architectural Review Schools Award in 2015.

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