Simon Henley


 Simon Henley

Simon Henley

Henley Halebrown , Principal and author

Simon Henley studied at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded the Reilly Medal, and at the University of Oregon, USA where one summer he drove 13,500 miles in search of great architecture and discovered the work of Louis Kahn.

In 1995, Simon Henley founded Henley Halebrown, a Shoreditch based 20-strong studio that he leads together with Gavin Hale-Brown. Henley Halebrown was made “Public Building Architect of the Year” in 2011.  This reflects the studio’s aspiration to treat almost every commission as a piece of “public architecture”.

More recently, Henley Halebrown completed London’s first co-housing project that was widely published both in the UK and internationally.  2017 saw the completion of the studio’s first building as part of their masterplan for the University of Roehampton. This year the practice has completed an adaptive reuse co-working scheme for the Benyon Estate in North London.

Henley combines practice with teaching, writing and research, and is the author of The Architecture of Parking (Thames & Hudson, 2007), which won the ‘RIBA International Book Award for Construction’ in 2008, and Redefining Brutalism (RIBA Publications, 2017). He is a postgraduate MArch unit master at Kingston University, London where he has also recently embarked on a PhD.

Henley Halebrown is also a winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018 shortlisting for Chadwick Hall for the University of Roehampton. 

Henley is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Academy of Urbanism Academician and Brother of the Art Workers Guild.

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