Take a short stroll through the busy city centre of Manchester and you’ll be hard pressed to miss a building designed by Roger Stephenson and his eponymous studio.
The acclaimed studio has played a vital role in the reshaping and reconstruction of Manchester and has certainly left a distinctive mark on the city – including the multi-award-winning Chetham’s School of Music and Hallé St Peters projects, as well as work for Urban Splash, Capital & Centric and Bruntwood, to name a few.
Establishing the practice in 1979, after moving through BDP and Michael Hyde & Associates, Roger has recently taken a step back (insisting he will never retire!) to allow two of its long-standing team members, Keith Hamilton and Justin Risley, to lead the firm into a new era, rebranding to stephenson hamilton risley STUDIO in 2021. Between them, Keith and Justin have played a major role in many of the practice’s recent hero projects, including the upcoming Leonardo Hotel Manchester and Birmingham’s Exchange Square.
Roger chairs our very own Mixology North judging panel each year, has acted as a chairman for the RIBA Awards, and, in 2001, was awarded an OBE for services in architecture.