“The work shows a remarkable architectural intelligence that renders materials emotionally communicative….
it is is quirky, charming, individual, eclectic, kinetic, surprising, Picturesque, characterful, subtle, and humanising… demonstrating an enduring concern to treat each place on its own merit.”
Charles Rattray – architectural critic and journalist

Hugh Cullum Architects was founded in 1999 and has developed into a coherent team with broad collective expertise. The practice specialises in building in sensitive contexts and we have gained a reputation for considered and innovative design. Our approach to each project is unique and depends on a thorough analysis of a building’s setting in relation to the brief. Successful building should be a partnership between client, architect and builder. In this respect we believe that our skills as practitioners, thinkers and teachers give us a unique strength to make the most of this joint opportunity.


Hugh Cullum     PhD (Cantab) RIBA SCA
Hugh trained at Cambridge and went on to do a Ph.D. in architectural history before setting up Cullum and Nightingale in 1986. In 1998 Hugh was awarded a fellowship at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal to write a book on Northern Italian Baroque architecture. On his return to England he set up Hugh Cullum Architects. He has continued to be involved in teaching and research as well as acting as architectural advisor or senior assessor to a number of RIBA-led competitions. He is chairman of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area Advisory Committee, a member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association and has been elected a Brother of the Art Workers Guild. In 2013 he was added to the RIBA register of Specialist Conservation Architects.

Giles Woodcock     DipArch
Giles joined the practice in 2014 and became a director in 2016.  He has varied experience on a range of commercial and residential projects with an emphasis on sensitive interventions to historic and listed buildings. He trained at Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture and his research interests include the planning, design and construction of contemporary buildings in the context of existing or historic fabric.

Tobias Schneider     Dipl Ing Architect ARB
Tobias studied at the TU in Munich and the TU Delft before moving to the UK, where he has gained 12 years experience of working on a wide range of commercial and residential projects, with a particular emphasis on listed buildings. He joined the practice in 2018 and became a director in 2019.

Olympia Anesti     DipArch MA ARB-registered 
Olympia has a background both in construction and in theoretical research. She has particular interest in housing and public buildings and completed her Part III.

Marta Santacroce     MArch ARB-registered
Marta joined the practice in 2015 as an architectural assistant. She has experience in restoration and renovation, and excellent skills in surveying historic buildings. Marta has completed the RIBA Part III.

Malcolm Pritchard     MArch Part II
Architectural Assistant
Malcolm graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 and joined the practice the same year. He has experience in residential projects both at a large and small scale. Whilst at University Malcolm’s research focused on Architecture in the developing world with a specific interest in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Malcolm is currently undertaking his Part III.

Yasmin Ali

Christiane Ten-Hoopen     MA PhD
Christiane Ten-Hoopen has had responsibility for the office finances since 1999. In 2006 she established Bloomsbury Design (click here for BD website), the art gallery that fronts the HCA office premises where artists and designers can exhibit their works. She is also a musician and musicologist.