About Stephen Hill Architects  


A design led architectural practice based in Sheffield. We offer a wealth of experience gained from designing many different types of projects from individual houses to university campus masterplans.


The practice’s approach is to place the user at the heart of the design process. We work closely with our clients to fully understand their needs and aspirations and to find the best solution to deliver these within their budget. We are used to handling large complex design problems and have the proven skills in delivering award winning projects. We apply the same analytical thinking and fresh approach whatever the scale of the project.

Our designs are sustainable and work in harmony with their surroundings and the climate. Our focus is always on user’s experience of the building; how its internal spaces work and feel, the relationship between interior and the external environment through daylight and views.

We design and deliver high quality buildings that are pleasure to live, work or study within. 




We are able to provide full architectural services from project inception through to completion of the project on site. We are well versed in different forms procurement and able to tailor our services to suit the particular circumstances.

The practice is particularly skilled in complex feasibility studies. We are used to working closely with multi-stakeholder clients, such as universities, to help them develop the project brief. From the earliest stages of design we use computer generated models to help clients visualise how a project can be realised on a potential site and its relationship to its wider context. This is invaluable in testing a site’s capacity and negotiating with planning authorities.

We have specialist expertise in education design. Our experience encompasses award winning university buildings, secondary and primary schools and campus masterplans.


Stephen Hill Architect

Stephen Hill - Director

BSc (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Stephen is an award winning architect with a wealth of experience. He has led the design and delivery of a wide range of different types of building. Following a career working at a senior level in major practices he founded Stephen Hill Architects in 2012.

Stephen has particular expertise in the design of educational buildings. Prior to setting up his own practice he led the RIBA award winning £100m expansion of the University of York campus and Stephen Hill Architects continues to work with the University. Stephen also led the design of a number of schools and now acts as a Design Advisor for the government’s Education Funding Agency.

Before setting up his own practice Stephen was an Architect Director for renowned international practice BDP. Whilst there he led the design of many of prestigious projects including; schools, universities, court buildings, offices, fire stations and an ice centre.

After qualifying at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, Stephen worked with successful London based practice, Michael Squire Associates. He was project architect for high quality residential developments and also worked on a several high quality commercial office projects. Following this he moved to Lisbon to work with a leading Portuguese practice, Sua Kay Arquitectos, where he led the design of  a number of high specification office buildings.

As a highly qualified and experienced practitioner Stephen is a RIBA Client Advisor. He has also been an external examiner for Leeds Beckett University

Ian Flack Architect



Ian Flack - Associate

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Ian is an experienced, practicing chartered architect and has worked with Stephen Hill Architects on a number of projects. He has particular expertise of building design in the education, public safety, transport and domestic sectors. He has worked for large and small architects’ practices, and been involved in the design of a wide variety of building types ranging from relatively small works on listed buildings to large award winning schemes on challenging sites.

Ian has a comprehensive understanding of both traditional and modern construction methods. He is listed on the RIBA’s conservation register, is a Civic Trust Awards assessor, and an examiner for the final “Part 3” RIBA professional examinations. He is used to working closely with clients, contractors, consultants and local authority bodies, and making presentations to large and small groups.

Ian studied architecture at the University of Sheffield, graduating in 2000, after which he joined BDP; one of Europe’s largest design practices. Whilst at BDP Ian was made an associate, acted as design team leader on a number of complex multi-disciplinary projects and was a Quality Assurance (QA) auditor.

In 2012 Ian joined Hayes and Partners working on high-end residential commissions and works to traditional and listed buildings. From 2013 Ian ran his own practice, Ian Flack Architects. In June 2018 he became an Associate at Stephen Hill Architects.