Christopher Hampson
BA (Hons) DipArch (Manc) MSc Proj Man & Prop Dev RIBA ARB
Founder Director

Christopher qualified as an architect in 1982, initially working at award winning architectural practice Sheppard Robson and then as an Associate Director at Jestico + Whiles. Following further qualification with a Masters Degree in Project Management and Property Development, Christopher established architectural practice in 1991, working on residential, historical and interior projects. In 2001 he established Hampson Williams Architecture. Since 2008 Christopher has served on the RIBA Council and recently held the Chair of London RIBA from 2014-2016. In 2012 he sat on the RIBA Housing Group making recommendations on the London Housing Plan and has been a judge on the RIBA awards. Most recently he has been invited to host the 2017 RIBA Yorkshire Awards.

Robert Kimble
BSc (Hons) Dip Arch MARB RIBA FCIM
Founder Director

Robert has had success over a number of years as a Partner / Managing Director of several of the premier architectural practices in London working both in the UK and overseas.
Robert has extensive experience of designing – urban/master planning and architecture – and procuring large scale developments across a broad range of market sectors including aviation, commerce, education, health, hospitality, sports & leisure, retailing and surface transport.
He is the joint Director of HWK Architects with Christopher Hampson.

Tristram Dodwell 
BA (Hons) MA
Associate Director

Tristram has worked for Hampson Williams since its inception 16 years ago and offers a broad range of experience and skills to the company.  He has a degree in Architectural History, History, Politics and Philosophy and a Master in Multimedia Design and Production. He has depth experience of running projects on site, from developer driven residential developments, to Alms Houses for Charitable Providers. He is very client focused and has experience engaging with both individuals, with high personal expectations, and boards of Trustees with more divergent demands.  He has also worked closely with the wider community in local politics and social issues, canvassing opinions, channeling energies and galvanising collective action.

Elena Thatcher
BA (Hons) DipArch MArch RIBA ARB
Associate Director

Originally from North Norfolk, Elena attended the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, studying for her MArch in a unit specialising in interactive architecture. Since 2012 Elena has also run her own design studio, which frequently builds small scale commissions and collaborates with other arts professions, most recently with theatre designers on an interactive installation for the National Trust. Elena has taught undergraduate architectural design at The University of Nottingham and been a member of the jury panel for the March course at the Bartlett, UCL. She is currently part of the RIBA Ambassador Programme teaching architecture in Primary Schools. Elena has worked at Hampson Williams, where she is currently an Associate Director, since 2007 on a variety of award winning buildings.

Andrea Chiarelli
MArch (Hons) ARB
Associate Director

Born in 1987, he studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara, where he graduated with honours developing a research work about complex urban strategy and innovative co-living/co-working practices for urban development. In 2013 he started his own architectural firm, working and researching on urban and architectural design fields, collaborating with academic groups and other professionals. In 2015 he was Adjunct Professor at the Design Course of the third year at the Faculty of Architecture in Ferrara. In 2015 he moved to London, where he started working at the award-winning architectural firm Hampson Williams Architecture, where he is currently an Associate Director. He still runs his own firm in Italy, working on different projects and competitions. Speaker in many conferences and talks, his work is published in academic and professional magazines.

Monica Knight
Dip Arch.,  B. Sc. Arch.,  Grad. Dipl. Cons.(AA)  ARB
Heritage Consultant

Principal: Dunne Associates Architects, specialising in architecture and heritage consultancy.

Following training and early practice in Dublin, Monica relocated to the UK in 1984. This led to employment with major practices Sheppard Robson and Sidell Gibson, working on significant projects  such as TSB Scotland headquarters , George Street, Edinburgh: Grand Buildings, Trafalgar Square: Governor’s House, Laurence Pountney Hill, City of London. Following post graduate studies in Building Conservation, she has acted as Architect and Heritage Consultant to Giles Quarme & Associates, Peter Brooks Architects,  Elden Minns Architects and Hampson Williams Architecture, preparing Statements of Significance,  Heritage Impact Assessments and Method Statements /Schedules of  Repair to listed buildings. Monica is a member of the Technical Team of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, answering technical and planning queries from the public and fellow professionals on their Technical Help Line. She works part time as inspecting architect to The Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, assisting their conservation and architectural services.

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