Hopkins Architects

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The Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre, opened in 1985, was one of Hopkins' earliest buildings and shows the firm's distinctive use of a suspended, high-tech, fabric roof

Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP (formerly Michael Hopkins and Partners) is a prominent British architectural firm established in 1976 by Sir Michael and Lady Patricia Hopkins. The practice has won many awards for its work and has twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, including in 2011 for the 2012 London Velodrome and in 2006 for Evelina Children's Hospital. The founders were awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal in 1994 and Michael Hopkins was awarded the CBE and knighted for services to architecture.

The practice is known for its attention to detail, innovative approach to construction, honest expression of materials and its energy-efficient designs. Its first building outside of the UK was the headquarters for GEK in Athens in 2003, followed by Tokyo's Shin-Marunouchi Tower in 2007. In addition to its London base in Marylebone the practice has an office in Dubai as well as a presence in China. In the United States the practice has completed the Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University, Kroon Hall for the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University and a series of projects at Rice University including McMurtry College and Duncan College.

Current work includes a new ultra-green Living Planet Centre for WWF-UK in Woking, UK, a new central library for the University of East London, a major new public hospital in La Spezia, Italy, and several projects for Bryanston School in Dorset, UK, among others.

One of Hopkins' projects, the expansion and renovation of the MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai which is to receive a world-class status when complete.

Key early buildings[edit]

Selected Buildings[edit]


Former collaborators[edit]

Former Hopkins staff who have gone on to make their mark elsewhere in architecture include Chris Wilkinson and Bill Dunster. Former directors John Pringle and Ian Sharratt went on to set up their own practice Pringle Richards Sharratt.


Buildings by Hopkins appear in two James Bond films. The interior of the IBM Building at Bedfont Lakes serves as the location for Elliot Carver's media party in Hamburg in Tomorrow Never Dies. In the following film, The World Is Not Enough, Portcullis House makes a fleeting appearance in the boat chase down the Thames. On 22 October 2006 the practice's Westminster Underground Station was closed for the day to allow filming for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to take place for a scene where Harry takes the tube with Arthur Weasley to go to a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic.[1]


  1. ^ BBC News: Harry Potter rides on London Tube 22 October 2006

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