Archio creates housing and public projects that benefit the local community, both in city boroughs and rural settlements. Using innovative technologies and public engagement, the studio designs good-looking buildings that work hard for their occupants. Founded on an ambition to deliver best practice, the team has received awards for the process behind the architecture as well as for the buildings themselves. 

Archio is socially engaged and believes that outstanding architecture can deliver solutions to some of the biggest problems facing society. Working with local authorities and community groups, the team listen and respond to the everyday issues facing people and their neighbourhoods.

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“I have been a resident on Brasted Close for nearly 11 years, and have been very impressed by the designs put forward by Archio who have listened to residents’ concerns every step of the way. It is an amazing opportunity to be part of the steering committee of such a pioneering project. The final design is very impressive, it feels spacious, without being over bearing to the surrounding estate.” 

Katy Milner, Brasted Close Resident

"Through careful negotiation with the planners, the architect has achieved a scheme which draws on the historic morphology and detail of the village, interpreting traditional form and fenestration to create a unique and innovative response."

RIBA Judges citation for Temple Cloud



Kyle Buchanan

Kyle Buchanan

Kyle is a passionate and skilled Architect, who was named RIBA South West Project Architect of the Year 2018. He is a member of the RIBA Expert Advisory Group for Housing and of the Kingston and Sutton Design Review panels run by Design South East. 

Kyle founded Archio in 2011, having previously worked for a number of well-respected practices, including Sergison Bates, and Glenn Howells. Kyle's enthusiasm for craft and making drives the attention to detail in Archio’s built work.

Kyle has a particular interest working with communities and is currently a member of the Tower Hamlets Self Build Association, established to liaise with the local authority over the release of public land for self-build housing. He has previously been a board member of Abney Park Trust in Hackney, which is engaged in the delivery of a new community facility, funded by a Heritage Lottery grant. Kyle is an RIBA Conservation Registrant.

Mellis Haward

Mellis Haward

Mellis joined Archio as a Director in 2013, having previously worked at FCBS, Ash Sakula, Levitt Bernstein and Gort Scott. She has since led on a number of housing and community projects.

With her expertise in Urban Design, Listed Buildings and Planning Policy, she is also a member of the Harrow, Hounslow 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 oversees the internal management of Archio, with a focus on structured resourcing and wellbeing of the team. 

Mike Slade

Mike Slade

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.

James Purkiss

James Purkiss

James joined Archio in 2019 with nine years practice experience. James graduated from the Bartlett, University College London, with a first class honours degree and a nomination for the RIBA Bronze Medal. He went on to complete his post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge where he pursued a specialism in environmental design. His research into primary school expansions, which included collaborations with an education charity and a live project for a primary school pavilion, culminated in a presentation to the Department for Education.

He pursued his interest in socially engaged and participatory design for public buildings during six years at Walters & Cohen where, as a project architect, he lead a number of large school projects in the UK and China.

A passionate teacher, James has run workshops with primary school pupils and tree-house building sessions at a local youth centre. He has been an invited critic at a number of architecture schools and is a studio tutor at Nottingham University.

Eleanor Connolly

Eleanor Connolly

Ellie joined Archio in 2018 as an Architectural Assistant, following graduation from Nottingham with a first class honours degree, and having received a Masters from the Royal College of Art.

Prior to joining Archio, Ellie gained professional experience at Hawkins Brown, AY Architects and as a studio design tutor at Nottingham University.

With her involvement of running Youth Design Workshops for The Archer Academy, Ellie leads Archio’s mentoring and social value workshop programmes.

Tom Budd

Tom Budd

Tom joined Archio as an Architectural Assistant in 2018, having been studying and practising architecture in London over the last 8 years.

On graduation from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, Tom was awarded the Bartlett School of Architecture Medal, in recognition of this his final thesis which redesigned the traditional English village for the future of Britain’s rural Landscape.

Whilst working for Foster and Partner’s, Tom worked on the Norman Foster Foundation’s Droneport project, a concept for using drones as a fast paced medical delivery network in remote regions of Africa.

Tom brings excellent visualization skills to Archio, and currently teaches undergraduate students computing and concept visualization, at the Bartlett.

Jenny Bobroff

Jenny Bobroff

Jenny joined Archio as Studio Manager in 2015. She supports the practice by helping to oversee work schedules and resourcing, as well as managing the bookkeeping and invoicing systems. 

Prior to joining Archio, Jenny worked in a variety of project and communications roles within local and central government. She has a degree from the University of Bristol and post-graduate qualifications in journalism and public relations.  


Selected Clients

AS Construction
Bath & Stratford Homes
Be First (Barking and Dagenham)
Bloomsbury Festival
Bonne Bouche
Dolphins Hall Trust
Eagle Construction
HOC Construction
J M W Barnard
London Community Land Trust
Mountgrange Heritage
OR Properties
Red Oak Capital Partners
Ruskin Mill Educational Trust
The Architectural Association
The Cundall Partnership
The Woodland Trust
Wimbart Developments



London Community Land Trust

Short-listed, NLA New London Award (Housing)

Short-listed, Housing Design Awards


Temple Gardens

Winner, RIBA South West Project Architect of the Year

Winner, RIBA South West Regional Award

Short-listed, AJ Housing Project of the Year (up to £10 million)

Short-listed, British Homes Awards Small Development of the Year


Winner, Archiboo Web Awards, Best Written Content


Suffolk Square

Commendation, Civic Award

Short-listed, Archiboo Web Awards, Best Written Content

Short-listed, BD Young Architect of the Year Award


Flower Kiosk

Short-listed, Wood Awards


Flower Kiosk

Short-listed, Galvanizing Awards

Runner-up, AJ Small Projects Awards


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