Sophie Hicks Architects was formed in 1990 by Sophie Hicks while she was a student at the Architectural Association in London. It has evolved continuously.
The practice started by designing private houses. We learned to listen to clients and to understand their needs and that attention to detail is key to producing a successful piece of architecture.
In the 1990’s and 2000’s, as shopping for luxury goods became a kind of religion, Sophie Hicks Architects was commissioned to give architectural brand identity to fashion companies. We created Westbourne House with Paul Smith, his eccentric “shop in a house”. For Chloe, we developed a store concept, with signature plywood walls, and used it to design over one hundred stores worldwide. We worked closely with Yohji Yamamoto and designed his flagship store in Paris. For Acne Studios, we created a new-build flagship store in Seoul.
Our approach is first to understand each fashion company’s identity and then to translate it into an architectural environment which embodies the evolving character of the brand. We defined the concept at the start of each project and then use it as a reference throughout the architectural process. This method of working now informs all our projects.
In parallel, Sophie Hicks has acquired three sites in London, all in conservation areas, with the intention of building a contemporary house on each of them. The first, a small house in Regent Square, was completed in 2014. The second, in Earls Court Square, completes in 2018. The third, a larger house in Holland Park, has obtained planning permission. New-build, contemporary houses are relatively rare in central London.
Sophie Hicks Architects has a long-standing involvement with the art world, a reflection of Sophie Hicks’s personal interest in art. We have been commissioned to design a number of museum exhibitions, including “Sensation, Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection” and “Picasso, Painter and Sculptor in Clay” at the Royal Academy in London.