Hopkins Architects

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LocationLondon, Dubai

Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins and Partners) is a prominent British architectural firm established by architects Sir Michael and Patricia, Lady Hopkins.


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

The practice was established in 1976 by Michael and Patty Hopkins and is now run by five Principals.[1] The practice has won many awards for its work and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize three times, including in 2011[2] for the London 2012 Velodrome, in 2006[3] for Evelina Children's Hospital and in 2001[4] for Portcullis House and Westminster Underground Station. The founders were awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal in 1994[5] and Michael Hopkins was appointed a CBE and knighted for services to architecture.

The practice's first building outside of the United Kingdom was the headquarters for GEK in Athens in 2003, followed by Tokyo's Shin-Marunouchi Tower in 2007. It has now designed buildings on four continents, with projects completed or under development in the UK, the US, Italy, Greece, Turkey, India, Japan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Hopkins maintain their headquarters in Marylebone, London and operate an additional Design Studio in Dubai. In addition, they operate Project Offices in Munich, Shanghai and Tokyo.

Current work includes the new Richard A and Susan F Smith Campus Center at Harvard University in Massachusetts, USA,[6] the Peninsula London Hotel,[7] and the Engineering and Science Library at University of Nottingham, also in the United Kingdom.

Notable buildings[edit]

Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium at Gahunje, the home ground of Pune Warriors India from 2012–2013
Wellcome Trust building, London
Hopkins House, Hampstead (1976)


  • 2015 British Council for Offices: Innovation Award for "WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre"
  • 2015 BREEAM Award: Highly Commended for "WWF-UK's Living Planet Centre"
  • 2014 Building Magazine: Sustainable Project of the Year for "Brent Civic Centre"
  • 2014 British Council for Offices: Corporate Workplace, London Regional Award for "Brent Civic Centre"
The London 2012 Velodrome, one of the Practice's most well-known works
  • 2013 ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for "London 2012 Velodrome"
  • 2012 Design Museum: Architecture Design of the Year Award for "London 2012 Velodrome"
  • 2012 BCIA Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award for "UCH Macmillan Cancer Centre"
  • 2012 Elle Decoration: British Design Awards, First Place for "London 2012 Velodrome"
  • 2011 AJ100 Building of the Year Award for "London 2012 Velodrome"
  • 2011 Stirling Prize People's Choice Award for "London 2012 Velodrome"
  • 2010 AIA COTE (Committee on the Environment) Top Ten Award for "Kroon Hall"
  • 2010 AJ100 Building of the Year Award for "Kroon Hall"
  • 2009 British Council for Offices: Best Commercial Workplace Award for "Butterfield Park Innovation Centre"
  • 2008 British Council for Offices: Best of the Best Award for "Lawn Tennis Association: National Tennis Centre"
  • 2008 Building Magazine Sustainable Architect of the Year Award
  • 2006 Building Better Healthcare Awards: Best NHS Hospital Design for "Evelina Children's Hospital"
  • 2005 Time Out Magazine: London Eating & Drinking Awards, Best in category for "Inn the Park"
  • 2003 Royal Fine Art Commission Trust: Aggiornamento Award for "Manchester Art Gallery"
  • 2000 Royal Fine Art Commission Trust: Millennium Building of the Year Award for "Westminster Underground Station"

Former collaborators[edit]

Former Hopkins staff include Chris Wilkinson, Bill Dunster, John Pringle and Ian Sharratt (who went on to set up Pringle Richards Sharratt), and Edward Williams and Laura Carrara-Cagni (who went on to set up Edward Williams Architects).[citation needed]


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.[41]

As one of the main venues during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the interior and exterior of the 2012 London Velodrome featured prominently during track cycling events on many major networks throughout the world.


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  10. ^ "Brent Civic Centre". RIBA. Archived from the original on 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  11. ^ "Building the Living Planet Centre". WWF UK. Archived from the original on 2015-09-09.
  12. ^ "The Library & Learning Centres - Stratford LLC". University of East London.
  13. ^ "St George's Theatre". The Theatres Trust.
  14. ^ "IPL 2015 Venues: Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium". Indiatoday.
  15. ^ "University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre opens". Macmillan Cancer Support. Archived from the original on 2015-09-29.
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  20. ^ "The Hostry & Refectory, Norwich Cathedral". Snelling Business Systems. Archived from the original on 2014-02-26.
  21. ^ "Newton and Arkwright". Nottingham Trent University.
  22. ^ "Kroon Hall". Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.
  23. ^ "Architectural triumph of DIFC's open-gate policy". The National.
  24. ^ "National Winner / Joint Regional Winner : The LTA's National Tennis Centre". British Council for Offices.
  25. ^ "Wellcome Collection announces 300 000 visits in first year". Wellcome Collection. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
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  27. ^ "Wellcome Trust: Gibbs Building". Wellcome Trust.
  28. ^ "The Refectory - a place to meet and dine". Norwich Cathedral.
  29. ^ "The Architectural design of Portcullis House". Parliament.uk.
  30. ^ "Station Architecture". Transport for London.
  31. ^ "Forum History". The Forum.
  32. ^ "Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham". Educate Sustainability. Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  33. ^ "Events Centre in Edinburgh". Detail.
  34. ^ "Queen's Building". Emmanuel College. Archived from the original on 2017-07-03. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
  35. ^ "The Research and Conservation of Art Centre". Victoria and Albert Museum Conservation Journal.
  36. ^ "Inland Revenue offices". AJ Buildings Library.
  37. ^ "New opera house". Glyndebourne.
  38. ^ "Bracken House". London Architecture Guide. Archived from the original on 2016-02-04.
  39. ^ "Landmarks: The Mound Stand, Lord's". The Independent.
  40. ^ "The Brits who Built the Modern World: Hopkins House". RIBA.
  41. ^ BBC News: Harry Potter rides on London Tube 22 October 2006

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