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Edward Williams

Managing Director

Edward established Edward Williams Architects to deliver contemporary, sustainable, architectural designs for exceptional clients. As Director, Edward leads on all significant projects and brings his design and project management expertise to private and public sector clients. Edward avoids being ‘pigeon-holed’ by industry sector or architectural style and achieves excellence for all projects. Whether small or large, all designs are developed from a detailed understanding of the brief and the end-users’ needs developed in close consultation with the client and their team. Creative structural and architectural solutions are achieved through collaborating with leading engineers and construction consultants. Fascinated by the honest expression and elegant detailing of beautiful materials leads naturally to innovative and authentic architecture and high quality environments.

For twenty years Edward worked at Hopkins Architects where he was an equity partner. Edward was involved with many of the award-winning buildings produced at the office during this time and led and managed internal architectural teams and external design teams for projects and clients in the UK, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Projects included Goodwood Racecourse Hospitality Tents, Ickworth House West Wing for the National Trust, Wellcome Collection for The Wellcome Trust, Cyprus Cultural Centre, Princeton University Frick Chemistry Laboratory, University College London Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospital master plan and Women’s Cancer Research Laboratory, Inland Revenue Centre, UCL Neuroscience Centre, Lady Sarah Cohen House, Wildscreen World and Glyndebourne Opera House.

Edward is a Partner of Trephoil, a design and finance lead real estate development, management and investment company based in the UK and with a broad international reach. Trephoil provides unique development solutions, tailored services and innovative partnership structures which create value to both site owners and financial investors.

Edward is a graduate of Jesus College Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University and is active within the architectural profession. He has lectured on architecture and urbanism, been a visiting critic at The Bartlett and his articles have been published in the Architects’ Journal. As a Governor of Bedales Schools for 8 years, Edward was the Chair of the Buildings Committee and oversaw a successful re-development programme for the senior school. He is also a member of The Worshipful Company of Skinners and the United Oxford and Cambridge Club.

Edward is a committed champion for better buildings, communities and the environment through his involvement in the Royal Institute of British Architects where he is a Board Director and Trustee. Edward supports the RIBA’s objective of providing the profession with the standards, training, support and recognition through his role as RIBA Honorary Librarian, member of the RIBA British Architectural Library committee and Founding Board Member of the American Friends of the British Architectural Library.


Macmillan Cancer Centre, UCLH, London, UK
2012, E C Harris on behalf of UCLH (Hopkins Architects)

2012, MDC (Hopkins Architects)

Frick Chemistry Laboratory, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA
2010, Princeton University (Hopkins Architects)

Cyprus Cultural Centre, Nicosia
2007, Cyprus Cultural Foundation (Hopkins Architects)

Wellcome Collection, London, UK
2007, The Wellcome Trust (Hopkins Architects)

Wigmore Hall Feasibility Study
2007, Wigmore Hall (Hopkins Architects)

Dubai World Trade Centre, United Arab Emirates
2006, Dubai World Trade Centre (Hopkins Architects)

West Wing Ickworth House, Suffolk,UK
2006, The National Trust (Hopkins Architects)

Goodwood Race Course, Sussex, UK
2003, Goodwood Racecourse Ltd (Hopkins Architects)

Glydebourne Rehearsal Stage
2003, Glydebourne Productions (Hopkins Architects)

Wildescreen Bristol, Harbourside Bristol, UK
2000, At Bristol Ltd (Hopkins Architects)

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, UK
1999, University of Nottingham (Hopkins Architects)

Greene King Brewery, Bury St Edmunds, UK
1999,Greene King plc (Hopkins Architects)

Glyndebourne Opera House, East Sussex, UK
1994, Glyndebourne Productions (Hopkins Architects)