Walker Hay Architects


About us...

Walker Hay Architects is a newly established, friendly and open-minded architecture and design practice.

The practice is committed to delivering carefully conceived buildings, which stand the test of time and make a positive contribution to their environment. We begin each project with in-depth analysis of context and develop a strategy, which arises from understanding the fundamental drivers of the brief, the parameters and the opportunities. In this way we work closely with forward-thinking clients to help them unlock the site and realise the full potential of their assets.

Our work demonstrates a collaborative, process driven approach inspired by people, light and materials. We listen carefully to the subtlety of our client’s needs, priorities and desires to create an architecture uniquely tailored to its context.

Current projects include: the new European headquarters for a software company, the renovation and extension of a mid-century property in south east London and a mountain home and artist studio in Antalya, Turkey.


James Walker Hay
BA (Hons) Architecture, DipArch, ARB

James Walker Hay graduated from the University of Brighton School of Architecture in 2001 and held senior positions at Populous and Grimshaw Architects between 2002-2017 where he built up substantial experience in the design and delivery of major public buildings including published and landmark construction projects both in the UK and overseas.

James has an in-depth understanding of the design and construction challenges of large-scale public destinations working with clients ranging from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, to the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club and Wembley Stadium. During his extensive involvement in the London 2012 Olympic Games, he worked on the design and construction of Olympic venues across London including the London Olympic Stadium.

While at Grimshaw Architects the practice successfully delivered a number of competition-winning schemes, including, in Ireland, the concept design for Royal Dublin Society Arena and The Curragh Racecourse, which James went on to lead in his project architect role.

James has a proven track record in all phases of the design process including strategic planning, concept design and detailed design development. He values ongoing conversation between client and design team and believes passionately in a collaborative approach within the field of building design.

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