Hyde architects

Kristian Alexander Hyde

BA[Hons] DIP[Arch] RIBA

Director of Hyde + Hyde Architects. Unit leader at the Welsh School of Architecture, visiting critic at the University of Portsmouth and University of Bath.

He graduated with a first class honours in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth in 2000. He then travelled to the USA and Canada studying Art, Philosophy and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati and went on to work for Anshen + Allen in San Francisco.

His work has won numerous awards and has been published in various broadsheets, academic journals and has been exhibited at the RIBA in London.


Kay Hyde

BA[Hons] DIP[Arch] RIBA

Graduated with a first class honours degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth and University of Plymouth.

After graduating she joined Hampshire County Council, where she worked as a project architect on numerous schools and educational buildings. She then travelled to the United States to Study Architecture & Dance in Cincinnati and work in San Francisco to return in 2006 to work in London and later for John Pardey Architects in Lymington.

In 2006 Kay set up Hyde + Hyde Architects with her husband Kristian; a progressive award winning architecture practice based in South Wales, with work across the UK.


Claire de Jong

Project Coordinator

Claire's career began as sales ledger assistant for ECS International, a French computer company back in 1990.

In 1996, having gained experience in varying roles including credit control, recruitment and merchandising, Claire enjoyed five years working for global record label Decca Music Group in Finance & Business as Executive assistant to the Vice President.

After a career break to raise a family in 2004 Claire became a director with her partner within the automotive industry. With the sale of the company in 2010, she joined Hyde + Hyde Architects to pursue a long term passion for architecture.


David John

Office Manager

David John joined us in 2007 and brings with him 35 years of accountancy and a wealth of financial and project management experience.

Born in South Wales in 1950. After a commercial apprenticeship with Atlas Sprinkler studying ONC/HNC at Swansea College, he joined British Leyland and carried out positions covering financial costing, Investment Analysis, Business Planning and Forecasting.

At 40yrs of age John joined Alcoa Manufacturing as management Accountant in South Wales, covering all their Capital Investment of £4m, Cost Control of £17m and Financial Planning.

John took a sabbatical last year to fulfil a lifetime dream of sailing across the Atlantic.


James Kenyon

BA[Hons] MArch PGCert RIBA

James graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2009, receiving a commendation for his final year thesis project and the Sir HK Stephenson Travel Scholarship for MArch dissertation.

He has worked for award winning practices in the UK and internationally, including 12 months working on post Tsunami reconstruction projects in Sri Lanka. Most recently he played a pivotal role in the establishment of a new design led practice in Oxford.

His interest lies in research-based design, which is conceptually driven and responsive to context beyond just the aesthetic. His work has been published in the Architects Journal and exhibited at the RIAI in Dublin.


David Schnabel

BSc[Hons] MArch PGDip

David graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, receiving a commendation for both his design thesis project and dissertation. Before completing his MArch and joining Hyde + Hyde, David obtained his BSc from the WSA and travelled to the USA to work for a practice in New York City.

David is particularly fascinated by research based and philosophically influenced Architecture. His final year project studied how the often harsh and capricious weather on the forsaken post-clearance coastline of western Scotland amplified the beauty and romance of a landscape of isolation.

In his spare time, David can usually be found outdoors honing his adventure and landscape photography.