About us

HomeStudio is a design-led architecture studio specialising in creating and improving private homes

Our aim is to provide a high quality, personalized service to homeowners and private clients to help form and improve their homes and create beautiful places.

Each and every one of our projects is unique and our flexible approach is designed to accommodate all differences and nuances.

We understand that all architecture must work for the end-user. In our case this is always the client.

We work closely with our clients and strive to fully understand their requirements and tastes to enable us to produce the ultimate design solution every time.

We also realise that each of our clients will have varying experience of the design and construction process and different requirements as to the level of input they will want from us, so we tailor our service accordingly, to provide a suitable level of assistance.

The HomeStudio team has come together with a shared desire to create well-considered, relevant and high-quality residential architecture.

With a broad spectrum of skills and a common aim to get the utmost out of a design brief for our clients, our small team has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to ensure that every aspect of our client’s project is considered to achieve the best results within the constraints and opportunities that exist for each one.

As a subsidiary of Cooley Architects Ltd, HomeStudio is able to benefit from the resources and experience of a larger, established practice, without the additional overheads and whilst also maintaining the personal touch that we consider to be essential for the type of work we love.

With four regional hubs and the benefits of digital inter-communication between each of them, we are able to effectively and efficiently provide a service to many parts of the UK and Ireland, although we currently cover London and the South East the South West and Yorkshire.

People

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Ralph Cooley

Managing Director

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Managing Director

Ralph Cooley

BA (hons) Dip Arch RIBA

Ralph studied architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Cincinnatti. He worked for a number of years in Germany and the USA before settling in London in 1999 to start his first practice. In 2005 he merged that business with an established Leeds based office and became the London director of Ramsden and Partners Architects. He held that role until 2010 where he grew his client base in the developer led residential sector. He formed Cooley Architects in 2010.

Ralph has a strong understanding of the Residential and Student Residential sectors and is a design focused architect who uses a creative approach to problem solving in a commercial environment.

He lives in East London with his wife and two young children who occupy most of his spare time.

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Alex Horsfall

Director

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Director

Alex Horsfall

BA (Hons), Dip Arch

Alex studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University and London Southbank University. Graduating in 2000 he worked for a number of years in North and East London, gaining valuable experience in the commercial and retail sectors. He then moved to a medium sized practice in Farringdon, where (as an Associate and Technical manager) he was primarily involved in the design and running of small private residential jobs, with further involvement in a number of luxury hotel developments.

In 2011 Alex set up as self-employed, directing his energy towards smaller-scale residential projects, which is the type of work he is particularly excited about.

He now lives in his home-town of Frome with his wife and two daughters and from where he looks after our South-Western jobs.

Alex has a keen interest in residential design in general, architectural detailing and materials. With experience of designing in a range styles, depending on the specific context of a project (although tending more towards contemporary design) he employs a thorough, logical and technical approach to the design process, whilst always considering the specific requirements as defined by the needs and wishes of the building’s end users.

As well as architecture, Alex has a keen interest in music, motorsport, swimming in very cold water and the Universe.

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Jason Hayter

Associate Director

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Associate Director

Jason Hayter

BA (hons) Dip Arch MA (Kyoto)

Jason has been collaborating with Cooley Architects since 2009 and is now a key part of HomeStudio. He has previous experience of managing projects on a large scale with site experience for both health and apartment buildings, and is presently concentrated on the feasibility and planning stages.

He also brings to the design process experience from living and working in Germany, Japan and China, offering a broad perspective on urban living and often asks himself if the design would intrigue and inspire a nine year old, making regular visits to schools to discuss the subject.

Jason has a passionate interest in World Cinema and enjoys sitting in cafes with a notebook and pen

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Alexander Dewick-Tew

Associate

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Associate

Alexander Dewick-Tew

BA (hons) MArch PG (Cert) ARB

Alex studied architecture at Lincoln and Sheffield before completing his Part 3 at UWE Bristol. Having worked at several practices in London, he has over seven years of professional experience across a range of project scales and sectors including residential, healthcare, retail and performing arts. Residential architecture is Alex’s preferred sector with over four years of practical and project running experience working on smaller scale developer led housing.

His experience in practice has developed his passion for working collaboratively with stakeholders to resolve and communicate often complex spatial and detailing solutions. The more complex and nuanced the problem, the more Alex, enjoys finding a solution.

Alex enjoys spending time with friends and socialising with a beer in hand. Otherwise he enjoys being outside, exploring cities and landscapes, and in his garden, planting and watching things grow.

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Florin Ungureanu

Part II Architectural Assistant

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Part II Architectural Assistant

Florin Ungureanu

Florin has gained his Part I and Part II degree at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff where he is currently also studying for his Part III diploma.

Since he has moved from his native city, Bucharest, he has lived in Cardiff, London and The Hague, studying and working in different practices.

His main experience is on housing projects, having worked on small and medium size proposals. In The Hague he has taken part in some exciting projects across the Netherlands.

He is passionate about both the creative and technological aspect of architecture, his dissertation being on new methodologies for seismic retrofitting of Romanian heritage buildings.

In his free time he likes playing tennis, cycling, climbing or meeting his friends. He finds the seaside as his favourite place and he didn’t miss a single summer without going to the beach.

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Emine Rustem

Office Manager

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Office Manager

Emine Rustem

Emine is our office manager responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the practice.

Born and raised in London, Emine is a keen photographer with a love for street photography and capturing unexpected moments. Her favourite photographer is Daidō Moriyama.

Emine has extensive experience in retail management and after running a well-known footwear store she gained extensive knowledge of the construction of shoes (as well as an ever growing collection).

Emine loves to go camping and take short breaks to UK seaside towns. Brighton is her ‘happy place’.
Emine comes from a large family and loves nothing more than spending time with them.

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info@cooleyarchitects.com

020 3176 4481

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