Simon Fraser


Simon was born and raised in Hong Kong and currently lives in London, splitting his time between our offices in London, Dubai and Tokyo.


He studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and the Architectural Association in London. He first joined Hopkins Architects in 1990 and in 1992 won a Leverhulme Fellowship for postgraduate study at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. Afterwards, he worked for the Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa in Tokyo before returning to Hopkins Architects in 1994. In 2000 he was a finalist for The Young Architect of the Year Award.


His early work with the practice includes Tottenham Court Road Station and Offices, Portcullis House and The Wellcome Trust's headquarters in London. He also designed our Jubilee Campus for the University of Nottingham and subsequently the campus' extension with projects for the National College for School Leadership and the new Business School.


Simon led the practice's efforts to establish an international presence in the early 2000s beginning with the design for GEK's headquarters in Athens and Shin-Marunouchi Tower in Tokyo. He founded our busy Dubai design studio in 2004 and has since led large multi-disciplinary teams on a number of projects in the Middle East and Asia. These include Gate Village, a dynamic mixed-use neighbourhood of 10 office buildings featuring art galleries, restaurants and offices and also The Dubai World Trade Centre Masterplan, a development of one million square metres which is now nearing completion.


He is currently working on a major new office tower and theatre complex in central Tokyo, a large residential masterplan in Istanbul which is now under construction and the Thematic Districts for The Dubai World Expo 2020.