Formed in 1912 by Harold Hooper the practice is currently owned by Architect Craig Driver together with ten Architectural and Administrative supporting staff. The practice has historically worked in a wide variety of sectors, including small and large scale residential developments for national and local developers, Ipswich Town FC development / enabling works, small and medium size commercial projects, RFCA/ATC/ TA modernisation and maintenance works. The practice has an established reputation in the area, for high quality design solutions on difficult sites with testing brief / budgetry constraints.

Hoopers are established as a Limited Company and recognised as Architects. Craig Driver RIBA became a director in 2006, since then the practice has specialised in the Education sector with Craig’s previous County Council design-led experience. The Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia is the practice’s main Educational client. Over the last ten years there has been an emphasis on the practices design capabilities and further specialist experience with Historic Buildings and within the Healthcare sector.

Recently, the practice has worked on a number of large scale NHS refurbishment projects. It has completed two number adaptive housing schemes for severely disabled children and there are also a large number of bespoke residential schemes at planning stages in desirable locations around East Anglia and the Suffolk Coastal area.

The team consist of three Architects, an Architectural Technologist/historic building specialist, Part I and II architectural assistants, business manager and support staff with a mix of experience from across the country.

Hoopers Architects are often chosen as architects for their creativity, imagination and drive to challenge the norm and to deliver a considered, contextual and contemporary approach.


Hoopers operate throughout East Anglia to provide a full and effective service. We pride ourselves on the ability to work to a format to suit our client’s requirements. The practice has always worked in a 3D environment operating CAD software on Mac work stations, which is one of only four BIM capable/accredited packages. Recent, self funded and motivated, investment into the practices BIM capabilities have been undertaken. The practices drawing expertise has been applied to a current project to explore the extent to which we are capable of providing and shown that we are currently capable of providing a service between BIM levels 1 & 2. With the support of BIM ready consultants, client’s and suitable projects we find ourselves in a position ready to progress to a level where we could fully co-ordinate, advise and deliver a 3D model based service for the planning, design, construction and management of a building. We are continually developing new techniques to provide a professional visualisation and presentation service using a wide variety of skills by-hand and using Artlantis Studio, Indesign and Photoshop Software.


Craig Driver BA(hons) Dip Arch RIBA ARB Director

Jamie Alston BA(hons) MArch ARB Architect

Ross Warren BA(hons) Dip Arch ARB Architect

Matt Kennington BSc(hons) MSc ACIAT AssocIHBC Architectural Technologist

Aaron Padmore BA(hons) Dip Arch Architectural Assistant Part II

Kaja Sandura BA(hons) Architectural Assistant Part I

Hansel Chan BA(hons) Architectural Assistant Part I

Angela Cattermole Office Manager


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