“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.

Marta Santacroce     MArch Roma La Sapienza University RIBA
Marta joined the practice in 2015 as an architectural assistant. She has since completed her Architectural Registration Board Part 3 in 2017, at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and is now working towards becoming a RIBA Conservation Architect.
Within the office she has worked on residential, conservation and community projects, focussing particularly on interventions to historic Churches. She was the project architect for the extension to St Peter’s Church in Petersham and is now an associate member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association.

Malcolm Pritchard     MArch Newcastle University
Malcolm joined Hugh Cullum Architects full-time in 2017 having completed his postgraduate degree in Architecture at Newcastle University. His thesis focused on sustainable development in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Since joining to HCA in 2017 as a Part II Architectural Assistant, he has been working on several high-end residential projects in London as well as the redevelopment of the Grade II listed Reliance Arcade in Brixton.
Malcolm is currently undertaking his Part III and aims to qualify as an Architect in 2019, having begun his studies in 2018. He has a keen interest in 3D modeling and graphical visualisation and enjoys working on early-stage projects.

Christine de Beer MArch University of Cape Town
Architectural Assistant
Christine joined Hugh Cullum Architects in July 2019. She previously worked primarily on heritage projects in South Africa, both on graded buildings and new builds within conservation areas, which is where her interest in working with sensitive sites developed. Prior to this she also gained experience working on medium scale mixed use buildings, residential projects and schools.
Christine graduated from the University of Cape Town. Her master’s dissertation recognised the residual space created by highways, as an opportunity to stitch together the fractured form of the post-apartheid South African City.

Yasmin Ali
Yasmin joined the practice in 2016 as part-time office administrator from a background as a personal assistant and administrator in larger companies. Her interest in poetry and music has led to her becoming an acclaimed spoken word artist. She has recently been invited to perform in Barcelona and Amsterdam and has been featured on radio.

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.