About


Hoopers is a practice in the centre of Ipswich originally formed in 1912 by architect Harold Ridley Hooper. The practice is more than a long-established architectural outfit with experience in professional practice. It is a collection of skilled architects and designers carefully striking a balance between craftsmanship and commercial enterprise who contribute to the delivery of a project.

Led by Craig Driver, former Suffolk County Council project architect, Hoopers are building a client base who share our vision for creatively-led, low energy, beautiful buildings and spaces, who want to enjoy the process of design and enrich society. Hoopers have also put together ambitious people, clients and organisations who are looking to get things built with an awareness for today’s urban, social and environmental challenges.

Our portfolio and skills extends across a wide variety of sectors and scales from residential, education, healthcare, sports stadiums, office design, community workshops and historic buildings.

We have a mix of clients with a particular enthusiasm for architecture and placemaking and together we think about the integration of health and wellbeing, workplace and culture in urban, suburban or countryside environments. Our clients include the Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Land Group, Breckland Bridge, Active Urban Property Group, Ipswich Town Football Club, Edison House Group, Ipswich Building Society, and some of the largest UK housebuilders. Our aim is to work with public and private sector clients alongside communities to create better places for everyone to live in.


Craig Driver BA(hons) DipArch RIBA Director Architect 

Jamie Alston BA(hons) MArch ARB Architect

Ross Warren BA(hons) DipArch ARB Architect

Philip Morphy BA(hons) DipArch RIBA Architect/Heritage Consultant

Aaron Padmore BA(hons) DipArch Architectural Assistant Part II

Kaja Sandura BA(hons) Architectural Assistant Part I

George Coleman BA(hons) Architectural Assistant Part I

Angela Cattermole Office Manager