1999 — 2015. Today. Meet the team. Awards/LSA. Contact.

As our name might suggest, ArkleBoyce is the architectural practice of long time collaborators James Arkle & Graham Boyce. A young but experienced studio.

This is our journey. How we got to where we are today.


(James) Arkle meets (Graham) Boyce at Newcastle University

and (Graham) Boyce meets (James) Arkle.

Graham is appointed president for the Newcastle Society of Architects.

James’ Thesis ‘Rethinking Education - Venice IUAV'’ exhibited by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

James joins Faulkner Browns Architects and works on a £200m Masterplan for Doncaster Civic and Cultural Quarter and a competition winning proposal for Queens Club in West Kensington.

James becomes Associate at Cartwright Pickard Architects and delivers Doncaster’s £20m Civic Office and recieves RIBA Regional Award and BCO Award Shortlisted for Best Corporate Workplace in The North.

Graham joins Fletcher Priest Architects and delivers Watermark Place, a £160m, multi award winning scheme on the banks of the river Thames.

Graham becomes Associate at Seven Architecture and delivers a 111 bedroom student conversion of Grade II listed Algenon Firth.

James sets up Arkle Architects delivering Office, Retail and Residential Projects throughout the UK.



Since 2015, ArkleBoyce (we) have delivered design-led, client-focused architectural solutions for a whole range of clients. From one-off private residencies to commercial developments. Masterplans to urban regenerations.

It’s not the size of a project that inspires us, but the opportunity to create something special.

Everyone brings something unique to the table. Want to join the team?

James Arkle. Partner

James studied architecture at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and has since worked at several award winning architectural studios. These include FaulknerBrowns and Cartwright Pickard, where he was an associate, before establishing his own studio Arkle Architects in 2013 and subsequently ArkleBoyce in 2014.

James is passionate about design and enjoys working closely with clients. He also plays a key role in the managerial and organisational aspects of the office. James is the past co-chair of the Leeds Society of Architects (Leeds branch of the RIBA).

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Graham Boyce. Partner

Graham studied at The University of Newcastle upon Tyne and helped establish ArkleBoyce in 2014 having spent 5 years in London working for Fletcher Priest. As an associate at a national practice he was responsible for running a number of large mixed use schemes and sensitive conservation projects.

Within the studio Graham leads on large complex schemes and is passionate about seeing projects through from start to completion. Graham has been active within the RIBA for over 10 years, previously with the London Region, co-chair of the Leeds Society of Architects and is now a National Council Member.

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Richard Copperwheat. Associate

Richard graduated from the Leeds School of Architecture in 2011 after successfully achieving a BA(Hons), a Post Graduate Diploma, and Masters in Architecture.

Richard joined ArkleBoyce in 2015 after leaving Cartwright Pickard Architects where he played a key role in the delivery of a £12m student residential project in Sheffield. Richard is a key member of the team and has taken lead on design and delivery of residential schemes across the UK.

Kate Holt. Associate

Kate graduated from Liverpool University in 2011 and from London Metropolitan University in 2015 where her thesis project was awarded the courses History & Theory Essay Prize

Kate joined Arkle Boyce from Michaelis Boyd Associates, where she was responsible for the delivery of both high end residential schemes as well as the £20m renovation of a Grade 2* listed hotel in central Manchester. Prior to this, Kate worked for DSDHA, Haverstock Associates, and as a British Pavilion Steward at the Venice Biennale in 2012. Kate is also a RIBA Conservation Registrant.

Paul Hansell. Associate

Paul studied at Leeds school of Architecture and his specialisms include Building Information Modelling (BIM) & CGI visualisations.

Paul has been involved in multiple large building projects in his career including retail, healthcare, commercial, residential and mixed-use. His interests lie in modern construction technologies and sustainable design.

Tom Harden. Architect

Tom studied both a BA and Masters in architecture at The University of Sheffield, and completed his professional training at London Metropolitan Univerisity.

Tom joined ArkleBoyce having previously worked at Penoyre & Prasad and Bennetts Assocates Architects, and has worked in a variety of sectors including higher education, healthcare, workplaces and schools, as well as on listed buildings.

Jack Rowlinson. Architect

Jack graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 after achieving a Bachelor of Science award in Architecture and Environmental Design, and from University of Westminster in 2016 where he was awarded a Masters in Architecture.

After graduating he joined Chris Dyson Architects in London where he gained experience with conservation, retrofit and new-build projects across the high-end residential and commercial sectors.

Jessica Abbott. Architectural Assistant

Jessica graduated from the University of Bath in 2017 after receiving a BSc(Hons) in Architecture, and from the MSA in 2020 with a MArch, winning the Hays Collaborative prize in her final year.

Jessica has a strong interest in how contemporary architecture responds the historic and natural environment, in particular how it can enhance an areas sense of place.

Frances Hedgley. Architectural Assistant

Frances graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2020 after achieving a BA(Hons) in Architecture.

Throughout her studies, Frances has developed a keen interest in residential projects, particularly in how the design of the home can affect mindset and health. Frances is also fascinated by the renovation of existing architecture to positively impact the environment it serves.

Lara Miller. Architectural Assistant

Lara graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2019, achieving a BA(Hons) Architecture (International) .

Lara's final design project won the external examiners prize and was also shortlisted for the RIBA Bronze Medal, RIBA North East & Yorkshire Student Award and the Architects Journal student prize.

John McGrath. Architectural Assistant

John studied Interior Architecture at Northumbria University, graduating in 2017 and won a national award at the Free Range Degree Show that year. Last year John completed a Postgraduate Degree in Interior Architecture granting him Riba Part 1 exemption.

John has a particular interest in existing buildings and their history and how these buildings can be restored in a respectful way that is representative of today.

Laura Mills. Office Manager

Laura ensures the smooth running of the studio. She works closely with the team and is responsible for all elements of the day-to-day operation management of the practice.

Leeds Society of Architects. Co-Chairs 2017

For us, architecture isn’t just about the buildings we create, but about the bigger picture and how we cultivate great spaces in our region.

Co-Chairing the Leeds Society of Architects is both an honour and an opportunity for us to maintain, protect and inspire great architecture on our doorstep.

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