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Hugh Petter


Hugh graduated with Distinction from Portsmouth School of Architecture in 1990 and won Rome Scholarships in 1990 and 1991.  The following year he helped establish the Foundation Course at The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, where he served as Senior Tutor for six years.  Hugh has sat on the Executive Committee and served as vice chairman of the Georgian Group; been a member of the RIBA Planning Group; is an elected brother of the Art Workers’ Guild and past Chairman of the Trustees; a trustee of The Prince’s Foundation, and the external examiner for the Master’s course in Conservation at the College of Estate Management in Reading.


Hugh is an architect and master-planner with a specialist knowledge of traditional architecture and contextual urban design. Hugh became a director of ADAM Architecture in 1997 and enjoys worldwide recognition for his diverse project portfolio which includes new town and country houses of all scales: conversion, renovation, and extensions to listed buildings of all grades; commercial, retail, sports venue and tertiary education projects, and masterplans for mixed use developments for private, institutional, and local authority landowners.  Beyond securing the planning consents, Hugh has extensive experience of acting as the coordinating architect, working with the development team to deliver these master-planned developments to a very high standard.   For over twenty years he as been both the master-planner and coordinating architect for Nansledan, a major urban extension to Newquay, for the Duchy of Cornwall.  Other recent award winning projects include a new entrance and forecourt at The Oval for Surrey County Cricket Club; the restoration of the Grade I Listed Chettle House in Dorset; a major new country house in Guernsey, and the new Levine Building at Trinity College in Oxford.

Hugh has won several prizes for his architectural projects, most recently: Best Residential (large scheme) Award at the 2023 OxPropFest Awards for Park View; Oxford Preservation Trust Award 2023 for the Levine Building, Trinity College, Oxford; The Georgian Group Award 2022, for New Building in a Georgian Context for the Levine Building, Trinity College, Oxford; National Urban Design Award 2021 for Nansledan, Newquay; and the RIBA South West Regional Award 2021 for Nansledan, Newquay

Hugh has published numerous articles and essays on architectural and urban subjects and is a visiting tutor to several colleges across the UK and overseas.  A monograph, Living Tradition, The Architecture and Urbanism of Hugh Petter, celebrating his unusually broad experience, is published by Triglyph Books.

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