Archio is an architecture company based in London and Cheltenham. We are directed by Kyle Buchanan and Mellis Haward and we specialise in housing and public buildings.
At Archio, we’ve built a culture and team that convey our values through the work that we do. This is the focus of how we run our office, rather than a fixed approach to design.
Put simply, we value:
Our projects succeed because we communicate and share these values with everyone involved. By expecting intelligent design decisions and encouraging talent at all levels, quality is carried into our work as a matter of course.
Kyle studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and The Bartlett (University College London), completing his postgraduate diploma with a distinction in 2008. His Thesis won a number of awards and was nominated for the prestigious RIBA Presidents Silver Medal.
Between 2004 and 2011 he worked for a number of award winning architecture practices in Cheltenham, London, and abroad, before joining Archio as a Director in 2011.
In addition to his work at Archio, Kyle has been involved in teaching architecture for several years, and currently teaches a unit on the post-graduate MArch Architecture course at The Bartlett (UCL).
Mellis joined Archio as a Director in 2013, and has since led on a number of housing and community projects. With expertise in Urban Design, Listed Buildings and Planning Policy, she is also a member of the Harrow and Tower Hamlets Design Panels, advising the councils on current applications and policy in the borough. Her interest in 1950s council housing has led her to volunteer for the Twentieth Century Society.
Mellis studied at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association in London. Since graduating Mellis has worked for Stirling Prize-winning FCBS, on the £50m Broadcasting Place for Leeds University (link), and on large urban design studies (link) for Gort Scott Architects.
Ione started working for Archio in 2013 and has since worked on projects at all stages of the feasibility, design and construction process, including new build housing, redevelopment of existing buildings, and private residential projects.
Ione studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and The Bartlett (University College London), graduating with a distinction in her postgraduate masters. Prior to Archio, she previously worked at practices in both the UK and USA, including Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects where she worked on international office, hotel and retail projects.
Alongside her work at Archio, Ione is currently a Design Tutor at The University of Nottingham, with a unit focus on designing within the historical and social context of cities.
Prior to joining Archio in 2015, Harry worked at Michaelis Boyd and Make Architects where his experience included bespoke residential schemes and high-profile commercial projects. As an Architectural Research Assistant for Smout Allen at University College London, he created digitally fabricated models that responded to the potential future of Los Angeles.
Harry studied at Oxford Brookes University and the Bartlett School of Architecture where he graduated with Distinction and was awarded the Bartlett Medal and Sir Andrew Taylor Prize. His Masters project was nominated for the RIBA President's Silver Medal and focussed on an interest in holistic environmental design and it’s role in shaping our surroundings.
Joining Archio in 2016, Robin has worked across a number of projects including consultation and space-planning for the Architectural Association in London, private domestic work, competitions and feasibility studies. Having previously worked at Cottrell and Vermeulen Architects, he gained valuable experience in housing and education sectors, notably working over two years on a refurbishment and addition to an existing girls school in Streatham, as well as housing for the proposed North West Cambridge development.
Robin studied at the University of Cambridge and University College London, graduating with distinction, and was awarded the Bartlett Medal for outstanding Masters students. His thesis, shortlisted for the RIBA Silver Medal, addressed place-making and community in Chicago. Across his MA degree, Robin sustained an interest in community engagement and consultation as key methodologies to drive work based around designing for the elderly and for public health.
Mike joined Archio in 2016 with five years experience working on high end residential projects across London. At Marek Wojciechowski Architects he was closely involved in the design and construction of several private residences, notably a 5,000 sqft townhouse in St. John's Wood and an 8,000 sqft dwelling in Hampstead. He has also worked on a number of award winning schemes while at Allies and Morrison, including the redevelopment of the Westgate Centre in Oxford and the realisation of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.
Mike studied architecture at the University of Sheffield, obtaining a first class honours degree and a nomination to represent the school in the RIBA's Presidents Medals competition. He went on to complete his masters at the Bartlett, University College London, graduating with distinction for his work on housing and the use of plastics as an alternative building material.
Rosie joined Archio in 2016, following six years at Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture where she worked on a wide range of projects and competitions within the education, housing and private residential sectors. Her involvement with award-winning projects at Brentwood School gave her valuable experience working with Listed Buildings and innovative brick construction.
Rosie studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, London Metropolitan and the University of Westminster, graduating with a distinction in her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice. Whilst studying, Rosie pursued her interest in new models of housing by undertaking design-based research related to co-operative housing for an active older generation.
Since 2014, Rosie has been a design tutor at the University of Nottingham, focusing on designing within the historical and social context of cities.
Jenna joined Archio in 2016 as Studio Manager. She supports the practice by overseeing work schedules and making sure that resources are used as effectively as possible to meet clients’ needs. She is also responsible for maintaining accurate accounts and financial systems.
Prior to joining Archio, Jenna worked in the travel sector creating and organising bespoke trips to Morocco and Japan. Jenna studied at the University of Leeds obtaining a degree in History of Art with a focus on non-western culture, architecture and artistic practices.
Bath & Stratford Homes
Dolphins Hall Trust
J M W Barnard
London Community Land Trust
Red Oak Capital Partners
Ruskin Mill Educational Trust
The Architectural Association
The Cundall Partnership
The Woodland Trust