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New Scotland Yard, Chapman Taylor's first design project in 1959

Chapman Taylor is a global practice of award-winning architects, masterplanners and interior designers, based in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.[1]

The practice has completed over 3,000 projects and won over 300 design awards over its history, including the UK Queen's Award.[2]

It specialises in Residential, Retail, Leisure, Hospitality, Transportation and Workplace design, and the combination of these uses into large-scale mixed-use environments.


The practice was established in the United Kingdom in 1959[3] and its first project was the design and delivery of New Scotland Yard[4] which became the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police. During the 1970s Chapman Taylor was part of the dramatic expansion of the retail sector in the UK.

In the 1980’s the practice was involved in several major London masterplanning schemes, including Millbank Estate, for the Crown Estate Commissioners, a 27-acre Central London site that was planned and built over an 18-year period and the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, a project that has helped ensure the continued growth of London as a major world city.[5]

In the early 1990s, the practice started designing many projects outside the UK and opened its first design studios in mainland Europe. The second decade of the 21st century saw greater international expansion to encompass projects and offices across Europe, Asia, Central and Southern America, and the Middle East.[6]

Founding partner Bob Chapman died in 2017.[7] In 2019, founding partner Jane Durham died.[8]

Major projects[edit]

Responsible Design[edit]

Chapman Taylor’s responsible approach extends beyond environmental sustainability; considering the wider socio-economic implications of projects, including the effect on the physical and mental well-being of those who inhabit and use its spaces. There is an available breakdown of sustainable projects and certifications, including BREEAM.[21]


The company operates from 15 regional design studios across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East,[3] in London, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Bristol, Brussels, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Hyderabad, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, New Delhi, Prague, Shanghai, and Warsaw.[22]


In May 2021, Chapman Taylor was awarded a contract for designing a 'masterplan' for Shusha (Azerbaijani: Şuşa), or Shushi (Armenian: Շուշի), a city in Azerbaijan.[23] Shusha had recently been returned to Azerbaijan after the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War. This drew criticism from those in support of Armenia - two U.K. lawmakers, Baroness Cox and Tim Loughton, allegedly wrote a letter to Chapman Taylor's board urging them to abandon the contract, stating "[the agreement] would make you complicit in the falsification and erasure of history", adding that Chapman Taylor could find themselves in breach of the British Architects Act 1997, and that "various large Armenian diasporas throughout the world, many of whom are based in global locations where your firm has offices, are prepared to take appropriate, legal and very public action".[24][25]


  1. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-28). "Contact". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  2. ^ "Queen's Award for Chapman Taylor architects on 50th anniversary (UK)". Europe Real Estate. 27 April 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Profile". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  4. ^ Jamie Barras (2009-03-18), New Scotland Yard SW1, retrieved 2022-04-28
  5. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-28). "Chapman Taylor: Our London origins". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  6. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-27). "People". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  7. ^ "Chapman Taylor co-founder Bob Chapman dies". The Architects’ Journal. 2017-01-09. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  8. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-28). "Jane Durham, Chapman Taylor Founding Partner, 1930 -…". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  9. ^ Peter Coleman (2006), Shopping Environments: Evolution, Planning and Design, Elsevier Ltd, p. 151, ISBN 978-0-7506-6001-3
  10. ^ Peter Coleman (2006), Shopping Environments: Evolution, Planning and Design, Elsevier Ltd, pp. 232–233, ISBN 978-0-7506-6001-3
  11. ^ "MediaCityUK, Manchester, UK". Chapman Taylor.
  12. ^ Lowe, Tom (3 November 2021). "Landsec snaps up majority stake in Media City". Building. UK. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Global Harbor Shanghai, Shanghai, China". Chapman Taylor.
  14. ^ "Liverpool Waters, Liverpool, UK". Chapman Taylor.
  15. ^ Butler, Ben (6 October 2021). "Development Funding Secured for Salford Quay's Anchorage Gateway". insidermedia.com. Insider Media Limited. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  16. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-27). "St Pancras International". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  17. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-28). "Kampus". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  18. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-27). "Port Baku Tower". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  19. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-27). "BOB.Düsseldorf Airport City". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  20. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-27). "The Flow Building". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  21. ^ Road, One Darnley (2022-04-28). "Responsible Design". Chapman Taylor. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  22. ^ "Designer Outlet Warsaw Opens in Poland". rli.uk.com. UK: Paramount Publications Ltd. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  23. ^ "Where is Shusha, Azerbaijan on Map Lat Long Coordinates". www.latlong.net. Retrieved 2022-06-07.
  24. ^ "BaronessCoxNews and timloughton have written to Chapman Taylor Architects, criticising their work for Azerbaijan, which has engaged in cultural genocide in Shushi, Artsakh, Manchester, UK". Twitter.
  25. ^ "Revealed: the UK's business links to Nagorno-Karabakh". Open Democracy.

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