Claire Harper is an architect and researcher with a particular interest in the design and procurement of new housing. She has previously worked for architectural practices in The Netherlands, London and the North East. Prior to setting up Harper Perry, Claire worked at Studio Partington where she worked on a number of estate renewal and urban infill projects through the design and consultation processes. She has worked with local authority clients, housebuilders, smaller developers, and has also designed and delivered smaller projects for private clients and administered traditional building contracts.
In 2014 Claire Harper completed a Ph.D on density in new urban housing which was shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding PhD Thesis in 2015. This continues to form the basis of her research into the role of design and designers in housing development and delivery.
Claire Harper is an experienced design tutor in architecture, teaching for six years at the University of Westminster and currently is a Lecturer at the Architecture Planning and Landscape school at Newcastle University.
James Perry is a qualified town planner and architect with over 15 years experience in professional practice. Before founding Harper Perry in 2016, James was a Project Architect at Levitt Bernstein and before that at PCKO where he led development of a strategic estate and neighbourhood plan for Kings Crescent in Hackney, and the design and delivery of a large housing development in East London, for Peabody.
James has a range of experience working for both the public and private sector, having worked for the London Borough of Hackney in the strategic planning team. James enjoys working at the urban scale balancing planning and urban design completing recent projects like a new residential design guide for Hull and a recent compeition winning masterplan for two riverside sites in Hull City centre.
He is an experienced designer and planner and has successfully led consultant teams and built up good working relationships in the process. James is interested in urban design, and the effects of development on local communities. He is an obsessive illustrator and will draw for money.