HAT Projects are award-winning architects and enablers for built environment projects. We have a reputation for fresh and imaginative thinking, a collaborative working approach, and a rigorous attention to detail. Our buildings are distinctive and widely praised.

Our focus is on projects that make a difference – that respond to real needs, allow organizations to thrive sustainably, and create better and more beautiful public environments for all who experience them. We are practical as well as ambitious, and seek to maximize the value that good design can bring, both financial and social.

Our architectural output is enriched by our work as design advisers, community enablers, and self-builders. We work locally and nationally, from large to small projects.

Approach

Our approach is always bespoke to the particular project, while underpinned by some key principles:

  • Developing a shared language with our clients and teams – understanding the project’s mission and values as the key to developing appropriate and inspiring design.
  • De-mystifying the process – being clear about what happens at each stage
  • Posing questions and bringing fresh ideas
  • Working hard for our clients’ interests – budget, performance, long term value
  • Meeting deadlines without cutting corners

We are known for our design intelligence and technical rigour, as well as our team leadership to ensure that structure, building services, acoustics and lighting are fully integrated. We have an excellent track record of delivering award-winning buildings on time and on budget.

Services

Architecture
We provide a complete architectural service from feasibility reports and concept studies to full technical design, overseeing construction, and handover support. We focus on cultural and community projects, workspace, housing and private new-build homes.

Enabling
We work as design advisers, project managers and enablers for co-design or public participation and consultation. We can provide a valuable expert opinion, particularly at the early stages of projects, and work impartially to consult on community priorities, develop a design brief, or advise on the selection of architects and other consultants.

Feasibility studies
The earliest stages of a project are the most critical and require holistic thinking that encompasses business planning, spatial analysis, and planning policy, as well as the creativity that reveals unexpected opportunities. As well as full feasibility studies, we offer quick capacity studies, condition appraisals of existing buildings, and planning advice to inform site purchases.

Building and prototyping
We also design & self-build small projects for locally based clients or community partners, working with an established group of local fabricators and trades. We have our own workshop facilities for prototyping, pre-fabrication and mock-ups, which we use to develop the detailing for some of our larger projects, as well as for model-making.

People

Hana Loftus, Director

Hana trained in architecture but also worked within theatre, cultural planning and research prior to co-founding HAT Projects in 2007. She has a particular commitment to public and civic projects and expertise in brief-setting, co-design and planning policy. She leads HAT Projects’ work on community enabling, housing and client-side services.

Hana is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council Cabe and a member of the South East Design Review panel, as well as an Enabler with The Glass-House Community Led Design. She also sits on the advisory board to Colchester Borough Council on cultural development, and is a trustee of Dance East and Roman River Music. Hana writes for publications including Building Design magazine, Architecture Today and Icon, as well as frequent guest lecturing across the UK.

Tom Grieve, Director

Tom co-founded HAT Projects after holding senior roles within some of the UK's leading architecture practices. He has a particular passion for, and expertise with arts and cultural projects, to which he brings a rigorous analysis alongside a creative energy and attention to every detail.

Tom is a trustee of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and a parent governor at his local primary school. Prior to forming HAT Projects, Tom was an Associate at Haworth Tompkins where he worked on a range of building types for high profile clients including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Theatre Royal Bath. Tom was subsequently the project architect at Tony Fretton Architects on the new British Embassy in Warsaw.

Robin Alderton

Robin is our practice administrator and has worked for HAT since 2014. Aside from his exceptional rigour at organising our affairs, he is a talented musician and member of Dead Rat Orchestra, with whom he has recorded and toured internationally.

Noah Carter

Noah studied at Kent School of Architecture, where he was nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medals for his diploma and degree final projects, as well as coordinating the guest lecture series. He is a talented designer and has also been involved in book design, film-making and photography for art galleries, as well as exhibiting in the UK and overseas.

Rebecca Kalbfell

Rebecca studied Modern Languages before joining HAT in 2014, and has worked with us alongside progressing her architectural studies at the Cass. She is an energetic and capable project runner, recently delivering the Silver End installation, as well as working on several of our private residential projects and leading on our BIM integration.

Helena McCarthy

Helena joined HAT after studying in Denmark and Ireland, and working on a range of projects as well as volunteering with Arkitekter Uden Graenser on the renewal of a West Bank village. Since joining HAT she has worked on projects with the V&A and High House Production Park, and is currently coordinating our work at the Science Museum.

Selected Clients

Press

2017

Hana Loftus interviewed in Architects' Journal about HAT Projects' involvement in Upper and Lower Fosters. Read

'Space Traveller' - book review by Hana Loftus, Architecture Today.
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2016

A piece on Alison and Peter Smithson's Economist Plaza by Tom Grieve and Hana Loftus is included in 50 Architects 50 Buildings, published by Batsford in conjunction with the Twentieth Century Society.
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HAT Projects featured in New Architects 3, published by Merrell in association with the Architecture Foundation.
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2015

'A Defiant Standard Bearer' - Gasworks featured in Architects' Journal by Catherine Slessor.
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'Gasworks' - Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks talking to Louisa Elderton for Flash Art.
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'The Architecture of Utility' - An essay by Hana Loftus on High House Artists' Studios is published in Studios for Artists: Concepts and Concrete a collaboration between Acme Studios and Central Saint Martins, by Black Dog Publishing.
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'Buildings Gallery' - Gasworks featured in RIBA Journal by Eleanor Young.
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'Artist collective stands it's ground in up-and-coming Vauxhall' - Gasworks discussed in Design Curial by Veronica Simpson.
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'Blank Canvas' - Gasworks featured in Wallpaper* by Ali Morris.
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'London's art transplant' - Gasworks discussed in Financial Times by Gareth Harris.
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'The Bilbao Effect: Britain plays to the gallery' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Blueprint by James Pallister.
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'Excellent Ordinary' - High House Artists' Studios included in an essay by Jay Merrick, Architects' Journal. [pdf]

2014

'And the Winner is...' - article by Hana Loftus, Architecture Today. [pdf]

'Rebel Architecture' - television review by Hana Loftus, Icon. [pdf]

'Fishing black' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Exe Magazine by Nadege Mevel. [pdf]

'Assemble: Yardhouse' - article by Hana Loftus, Architecture Today. [pdf]

CABE Chair Pam Alexander admires the work of HAT Projects in an interview with the Architect's Journal. [pdf]

'Women with designs on awards' - RADAR Magazine, Jay Merrick. [pdf]

2013

'Looking for New England' - article by Hana Loftus, Architecture Today. [pdf]

'YAYA Hooray for young hopefuls' - cover of Building Design. [link]

'YAYA list proves Britain's got talent' - Building Design. [pdf]

'YAYA 2013 Shortlist: HAT Projects' - Building Design. [link]

'ACME Artists' Studios, HAT Projects' - High House Artist's Studios featured in RIBA Journal by Eleanor Young. [pdf]

Home is where the art is' - High House Artists' Studios discussed in Building Design by Robert Bevan. [pdf]

Jerwood Gallery featured on the cover of Architects' Journal and public section of the RIBA awards issue. [pdf]

'Little Black Book' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Nick Wakeman's column, Stella Magazine. [pdf]

'Spaces-in-between: the city becoming' - article by Hana Loftus, Icon. [pdf]

'Rural Composition' - Stoke Cottage featured in Brick Bulletin. [pdf]

'The Future of Architecture' - HAT Projects mentioned in Vice Magazine, Eddie Blake. [link]

2012

'Adjaye Libraries' - article by Hana Loftus, Icon. [pdf]

'Museo Domestico' - Sir Paul Smith photgraphs Jerwood Gallery for Interni. [pdf]

'Beside the seaside' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Brick Bulletin. [pdf]

'Casa Garoza' - article by Hana Loftus, Icon. [pdf]

'Sea Life: Southend Pier Cultural Centre by White Arkitektur' - article by Hana Loftus, Architecture Today. [pdf]

'Inspiration' - Tom and Hana write about Alison and Peter Smithson's Economist Plaza, Building Design. [pdf]

'Jerwood Gallery, Hastings' - article in Icon, by Will Wiles. [pdf]

'Jerwood Gallery, Hastings' - featured in Blueprint, by Owen Pritchard. [pdf]

'Dark Horse' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Architects' Journal, by James Pallister. [pdf]

'Making Waves' - Jerwood Gallery featured in RIBA Journal, by Eleanor Young. [pdf]

'Something for the weekend' - Jerwood Gallery listed in Harper's Bazaar. [pdf]

'Culture wars: architecture, art and regenerating seaside towns' - Jerwood Gallery discussed in Architecture Today, by Fred Gray. [pdf]

'On the beach' - Jerwood Gallery featured in The Spectator, by Andrew Lambirth. [pdf]

'Seaside Treasure' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Detail Daily. [pdf]

'Week in Pictures' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Architects' Journal. [pdf]

'Jerwood Gallery' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Art Quarterly. [pdf]

'Fisherman's Friend' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Building Design, by Oliver Wainwright. [pdf]

'Widening the Net' - Jerwood Gallery featured in The Sunday Times, by Hugh Pearman. [pdf]

'Dark arts on the beach' - Jerwood Gallery featured in The Independent on Sunday, by Jay Merrick. [pdf]

'A happy end to the battle of Hastings' - Jerwood Gallery reviewed in The Observer, by Rowan Moore. [pdf]

Jerwood Gallery listed in The Observer's 'The New Review'. [pdf]

2011

'Revisiting the Idea Stores' - article by Hana Loftus, Architects' Journal. [pdf]

'Shimmering seascape' - Jerwood Gallery discussed in Building Design by Amanda Birch. [pdf]

'Adding that extra polish' - Jerwood Gallery featured in RIBA Journal, by Eleanor Young. [pdf]

'Regenerated by art?' - Jerwood Gallery featured in Country Life, by Michael Hall. [pdf]

'Meet Britain's brightest young architects' - HAT Projects featured in The Observer, by Rowan Moore. [link] [pdf]

Awards

2017

Hopton Yard shortlisted for the Housing Design Awards. Read more

2015

HAT Projects named as one of five winning schemes in a competition for Pocket, creating a design for compact and affordable two-bedroom apartments in London. [pdf]

Shortlisted for the Museum of Science and Industry, Special Exhibitions Gallery, Manchester.

2014

HAT Projects named RIBA East Emerging Architect of the Year and High House Artists' Studios also wins RIBA East Regional Award. Read more

Hana Loftus shortlisted for Emerging Woman in Architecture Award by Architects' Journal. Read more

Shortlisted for Goldsmiths University Gallery, London.

2013

HAT Projects runners-up for Young Architects of the Year Award. [pdf]

Jerwood Gallery wins RIBA National Award, RIBA South East Regional Award and Civic Trust Award.

2012

Jerwood Gallery included in The Observer's top 10 buildings of 2012. Read more

Jerwood Gallery wins Sussex Heritage Trust's Public & Community Award.

2011

Hana Loftus runner-up for inaugural Architects Journal Writing Prize.