Award-winning architect Nick Hayhurst leads the practice Hayhurst & Co. and runs the RIBA 3 course at the University of Brighton.
Nick's practice is regularly listed for architectural awards with a portfolio of national and international commissions. His work has examined the use of demographic data to inform strategies of materials usage, the potential of temporary materials and the modulation of pre-formed constructional systems.
Nick Hayhurst joined the university in 2004. He has led undergraduate and post-graduate design studios and been Course Leader for both the post-graduate MArch (RIBA Part 2) and PG Dip (RIBA Part 3) courses. Hayhurst was part of the programme’s course development group in the 2012 Periodic Review and has represented the University at the Standing Conference of Heads of School of Architecture (SCHOSA).
Hayhurst has also taught architectural design at Oxford Brookes University and been an invited guest critic at a number of leading UK schools of architecture including the Architectural Association, the Royal College of Art, London Metropolitan University and University of Nottingham. Since 2002, has sat on the RIBA Validation Panel for schools of architecture in the UK.
Graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 1999 and the Architectural Association in 2004, Hayhurst was awarded the AA Enid Caldicott Bursary, was a scholar at the British School at Rome (Boas Scholarship, 2003) and was an honours nominee for his final year Diploma Project. In 2006, he completed his Diploma professional practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
He started practising in 2004 and in 2009 reformed his practice as ‘Hayhurst & Co’ www.hayhurstand.co.uk. He runs his studio from London’s East End where his interests in material intervention and design language are now explored and developed in realised building projects. He is part of a growing generation of architects developing their craft by material, spatial and programmatic adaptations and extensions to existing buildings. His work is concerned with the analysis of interiority, context and inventive use of materials.
Research in design
Hayhurst’s design-based research at the Architectural Association focused on the possible relationships between demographics and material intervention. Focusing on concepts and rationalisations of material application and later becoming concerned with longevity, programmatic flexibility and the appropriateness of material mis-use, his work looked at how such interventions could be influenced by new on-line consumer-orientated demographic data and GIS systems. Hayhurst’s work led to the construction of a series of post-code mappings and the publication of two articles in the Royal College of Art magazine Pollen ‘Chinese Take Away Architecture’ (October 2002 with Jonathan Nicholls and Joseph Grima) and ‘What’s The Point?’ (February 2003). His final design work at the AA looked specifically at the use of temporary materials in post-industrial, occupationally re-structured conurbations in Northern England for which he won first prize for his Future Practice Essay ‘Chips ‘n’ Gravy: Generic Specificity and the Urban Engineer ’and was nominated for AA honours.
Research in private practice
In private practice since graduation from the AA, Hayhurst now runs his design studio from London’s East End. Working with a number of collaborators and full-time staff, Hayhurst’s ‘language of intervention’ has been developed in a number of commissions for private clients, local government organisations and brand-focused multi-national companies.
Whilst working with Environmental Designers IDEO, Hayhurst worked in multi-disciplinary design teams with multi-national companies such as ‘Prada’, ‘Proctor and Gamble’ and ‘W.Gore‘ on complex briefs to challenge the norms of consumer-orientated space design taking responsibility for developing methods of pre-fabricated and pre-pack construction. Developing the skills exercised working with IDEO, Hayhurst has recently worked with the London Borough of Croydon in establishing an exemplar feasibility report for the borough’s Primary Capital Programme expansion plan.
Hayhurst’s has continued his interest in temporary materials and the modulation of pre-formed constructional systems in commissions for the charity ‘Cardboard Citizens’ (a theatre group working with the homeless) to design a new mobile Cardboard Theatre and a number of school design projects. With his private commissions, Hayhurst has used basement tanking as formwork for external concrete walls and suspended timber installations have been carefully crafted to articulate programme and sculpt light in a fashion photographers studio in Spitalfields. In 2009 Hayhurst’s practice won an NLA award for ‘Tray House’ – a residential project in East London.
Since 2008, Hayhurst has been a member of the Advisory Board to the RIBA’s 'Building Futures' think tank.
In 2012, he won a RIBA National Award and RIBA London Best Small Project for Hairy House and in 2013 won a RIBA National Award for his extension to Hayes Primary School. Hayes Primary School went on to win the New London Architecture award for Best Education Building and 2013 Overall Winner: Best Building in London. Hayhurst was awarded 2nd place in 2012 YAYA (Yong Architect of the Year Award).
Nick Hayhurst was awarded the runner-up prize in the RIBA’s 2006 Maggie’s Centre Competition, 2nd place in the 2007 Competition for Cypress Infant’s Children’s Centre in London and was awarded an NLA award for ‘Tray House’ in East London. His practice has completed a studio and home for a celebrity fashion photographer in London’s Spitalfields and in 2009 was appointed to Croydon Council’s panel of architects for work on their Primary Capital Programme’s expansion projects.
His work has been published in numerous professional journals, the national press and international design magazines.
Nick Hayhurst is an architect registered with the ARB and is a Chartered member of the RIBA. He has been an RIBA Council member, sat on the institute’s Building Futures Advisory Group, since 2012, has sat on the Southwark Design Review Panel and was a judge for the 2013 RIBA Awards.