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The Schlumberger Cambridge Research Centre, opened in 1985, was one of Hopkins' earliest buildings and shows his distinctive use of a suspended, high-tech, fabric roof

Hopkins Architects (formerly Michael Hopkins and Partners) is a prominent British architectural firm established in 1976 by Michael and Patricia Hopkins. The practice has won many awards for its work and has twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, including in 2006 for Evelina Children's Hospital. The founders were awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects‏‎ Royal Gold Medal in 1994 and Michael Hopkins was awarded the CBE and knighted for services to architecture.

The practice is known for its innovative approach to construction and its energy-efficient designs. Its first building outside of the UK was a headquarters for GEK in Athens in 2003, followed by Tokyo‏‎'s Shin-Marunouchi Tower in 2007. In addition to its London base in Marylebone the practice has an office in Dubai. In the USA the practice is currently working on new buildings for Yale, Princeton, and Rice universities.

So far in 2007, Hopkins has won two major architectural competitions: the new Cyprus Cultural Centre in Nicosia‏‎,[1] and the Velopark for the London 2012 Olympic Games.[2]

Key early buildings

  • Hopkins House, Hampstead, London, England (1976)
  • Schlumberger Centre, Cambridge, England (1985)
  • Mound Stand, Lord's Cricket Ground, London (1987)
  • Glyndebourne Opera House, Lewes, East Sussex (1994)

Recent buildings

  • Inland Revenue Centre, Nottingham, England (1992-94)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London (1993)
  • Emmanuel College, Queen's Building, Cambridge (1996)
  • Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland (1999)
  • University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham (1999)
  • The Forum, Norwich, England (2001)
  • Portcullis House and Westminster Underground Station, London (2001)
  • Wellcome Trust Headquarters, London (2005)
  • Evelina Children's Hospital, London (2006)
  • National Tennis Centre In Roehampton (2007)
  • Yale University, Kroon Building, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (2008)
  • Princeton University Chemistry Building, Princeton, New Jersey, USA (2012)


Former collaborators

Former Hopkins staff who have gone on to make their mark elsewhere in architecture include Chris Wilkinson and Bill Dunster. Former directors John Pringle and Ian Sharratt went on to set up their own practice Pringle Richards Sharratt.


Buildings by Hopkins appear in two James Bond films. The interior of the IBM Building at Bedfont Lakes serves as the location for Elliot Carver's media party in Hamburg in Tomorrow Never Dies. In the following film, The World Is Not Enough, Portcullis House makes a fleeting appearance in the boat chase down the Thames. On 22 October 2006 the practice's Westminster Underground Station was closed for the day to allow filming for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to take place for a scene where Harry takes the tube with Arthur Weasley to go to a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic.[3]


  1. Cyprus Cultural Foundation: Competition Results Press Release 19 March 2007
  2. London 2012: Lasting cycling legacy at heart of VeloPark designs 12 July 2007
  3. BBC News: Harry Potter rides on London Tube 22 October 2006

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