Studio

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About

Purpose

Our architecture is the inevitable conclusion of a long process - to make physical the emotion and lived experience of our clients’ lives.

That involves a belief that aesthetic and functional beauty is born from a close relationship with nature. Our design approach has always been to create and make with heart but with minimum impact to our planet.

We’re here to make the best buildings we can, not the most.

Process

We work fast but practice a slow architecture that has great impact.

Meaningful buildings take time so we keep our heads down, thinking, making, constructing. We never compromise.

Our work is the result of close relationships with our clients. Listening and translating allows us to craft a highly detailed and bespoke architecture, authentic and real. Weaving teaching, research with the latest technology into a rich studio culture that creates space for the exceptional.

 
 

People

We have a deep understanding of architecture evidenced in our awards and experience. We employ this understanding in every new project we work on and every new sector we work in.

Since our founding in 2006, we have had the immense pleasure of working with discerning clients from around the world in many different sectors. They have allowed us the time to go deep into crafting a poetic and rigorous architecture full of authentic built meaning, bespoke to circumstance.

 
 
Kristian Hyde Director/ Architect BA [Hons] DIP [Arch] RIBA  Kristian graduated with a first class honours in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth in 2000. He then travelled to the USA and Canada to study Art, Philosophy and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. He later went on to work for Anshen + Allen, an international architecture practice in San Francisco.  Kristian has received high-profiled recognition for his work across national and global platforms. From winning numerous awards, to publication in various broadsheets and academic journals to exhibiting in the RIBA in London.  Outside of the studio, Kristian practices his role as visiting critic to the University of Cardiff, Bath and Falmouth. Furthering his devotion to helping aspiring young architects across the UK.

Kristian HydeDirector/ Architect BA [Hons] DIP [Arch] RIBA

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

Kristian has received high-profiled recognition for his work across national and global platforms. From winning numerous awards, to publication in various broadsheets and academic journals to exhibiting in the RIBA in London.

Outside of the studio, Kristian practices his role as visiting critic to the University of Cardiff, Bath and Falmouth. Furthering his devotion to helping aspiring young architects across the UK.

Kay Hyde Director/ Architect BA [Hons] DIP [Arch] RIBA  Kay graduated with a first class honours degree in Architecture from the University of Portsmouth and University of Plymouth.  After graduating, Kay 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 and Dance in Cincinnati and latterly worked in San Francisco. Upon her return to the UK, Kay worked 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.

Kay HydeDirector/ Architect BA [Hons] DIP [Arch] RIBA

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

After graduating, Kay 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 and Dance in Cincinnati and latterly worked in San Francisco. Upon her return to the UK, Kay worked 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 a 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 and 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, Claire joined Hyde + Hyde Architects to pursue a long term passion for architecture.

Claire de JongProject Coordinator

Claire's career began as a 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 and 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, Claire joined Hyde + Hyde Architects to pursue a long term passion for architecture.


 
 
Alister Webb Part 2 Architectural Assistant BSc [Hons] MArch [Hons]  Recently graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Alister has returned to the studio as our innovative Part 2 Architectural Assistant. His masters thesis investigated the use of plants in remediating contamination in a post-industrial landscape.  Architecture has taken Alister to Zambia where he made an impact working a hospital construction project with Orkidstudio. His fascination for mechanical craft was homed during this experience and has remained an integral part of his character. Alister teaches us as much about technology as we teach him – a mutual exchange.  Outside of architecture, Alister and his long board go hand in hand. Through design, craft and movement – Alister glides wherever the path takes him.

Alister WebbPart 2 Architectural Assistant BSc [Hons] MArch [Hons]

Recently graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture, Alister has returned to the studio as our innovative Part 2 Architectural Assistant. His masters thesis investigated the use of plants in remediating contamination in a post-industrial landscape.

Architecture has taken Alister to Zambia where he made an impact working a hospital construction project with Orkidstudio. His fascination for mechanical craft was homed during this experience and has remained an integral part of his character. Alister teaches us as much about technology as we teach him – a mutual exchange.

Outside of architecture, Alister and his long board go hand in hand. Through design, craft and movement – Alister glides wherever the path takes him.

Stephanie Wilson Design Editor BA [Hons]  Stephanie graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in 2015. During her undergraduate study, Stephanie directed her focus towards exploring the relationship between landscape and architecture through philosophical enquiry.  Prior to joining Hyde + Hyde in 2017, Stephanie completed an Art and Design Foundation, for which she was awarded a distinction for her exhibition response to the Rietveld Schröder House.  When she’s not writing and editing architectural pieces, Stephanie can be found running across Europe’s coastal paths and city streets as she continues to raise money for global charities and causes.

Stephanie WilsonDesign Editor BA [Hons]

Stephanie graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in 2015. During her undergraduate study, Stephanie directed her focus towards exploring the relationship between landscape and architecture through philosophical enquiry.

Prior to joining Hyde + Hyde in 2017, Stephanie completed an Art and Design Foundation, for which she was awarded a distinction for her exhibition response to the Rietveld Schröder House.

When she’s not writing and editing architectural pieces, Stephanie can be found running across Europe’s coastal paths and city streets as she continues to raise money for global charities and causes.

Hannah Cummings  Part 1 Architectural Assistant BA [Hons]  Hannah graduated in 2018 with a BA in Architecture from the University of Plymouth. She received an award for her final design project; a bird rescue centre located on the banks of the river Plym.  Having grown up among the dreaming spires of Oxford, Hannah was able to further her passion for historical architecture by working for a conservation based practice specialising in listed buildings and monuments around Wales. She now applies this knowledge to a modern setting, working on crafted buildings at Hyde + Hyde.  Hannah explores her love for adventure through charity work. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro through her involvement with the Raise and Give society committee and the rest, is to be continued.

Hannah Cummings
Part 1 Architectural Assistant BA [Hons]

Hannah graduated in 2018 with a BA in Architecture from the University of Plymouth. She received an award for her final design project; a bird rescue centre located on the banks of the river Plym.

Having grown up among the dreaming spires of Oxford, Hannah was able to further her passion for historical architecture by working for a conservation based practice specialising in listed buildings and monuments around Wales. She now applies this knowledge to a modern setting, working on crafted buildings at Hyde + Hyde.

Hannah explores her love for adventure through charity work. She has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro through her involvement with the Raise and Give society committee and the rest, is to be continued.

 

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Recognition

Awards

2018

All Wales Building Excellence Award

2017

  • Sunday Times British Homes Awards Shortlist

  • RIBA Welsh Architecture Award

    RIBA Welsh Building of the Year Award

  • Stephen Lawrence Prize Shortlisted

2016

  • Nordic Built Cities Awards Shortlisted

  • Faroe Islands Housing Awards Shortlisted

2015

  • RIBA National Architecture Award

  • RIBA Welsh Architecture Award

  • RSAW Award

2013

  • RIBA Welsh Architecture Award

  • Sunday Times Best Homes In Britain

2010

  • Best Contemporary House in Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards

Exhibitions

2016

  • Nordic Built Cities - Copenhagen

  • Vertical Housing – Faroe Islands

2012

  • Adain Avion – Cultural Olympiad

2008

  • Marking Space @ Mission Gallery

2002

  • RIBA Portland Place London

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Commitment

Environmental + Social Responsibility

Designed with Innovation and Sustainability

Cosmologist Carl Sagan once said:

“Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”

With these truths in mind, our buildings are designed with innovation and sustainability woven in, but it's not enough. We need to think hard and act fast, to put in motion real change and measurable action.

What we do as we make and construct buildings inevitably has an impact on the environment. As the construction industry is the primary source of CO2 emissions, we are working hard daily, through our research and studio culture to understand this impact.

We’re making a commitment

The following is our commitment - the things that we are currently working on in the studio to reduce our impact on planet earth:

— Our energy supply for our studio is 100% renewable, sourced from solar, wind and hydro energy.

— The ocean is the planet’s life support system. That's why we support the great work of Surfers Against Sewage in their plight to save our oceans. We are also members of the 250 Club, a powerful network of leaders, driving forward a movement for change.

— Giving back, our commitment to ‘Make Bank’ helps address the issues of creative poverty. By creating and donating kits for young people, The Make Bank strives for “equal access to the creative industries”.

Low impact construction

We are making a conscious effort to move away from traditional forms of construction and build from structural wood.

Wood is one of the few building materials that extracts carbon from the atmosphere rather than adding to it and, with the aid of new technology, it’s becoming even more efficient and adaptable. Our timber is sourced from sustainable forests, a renewable source that provides both a natural and scalable form of carbon sequestration.

We don’t have all the answers, but we are motivated to learn, pivot and change our approach to be the best we can be in our relationship with planet earth.

Like our work, there can be no compromise.