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About Us

About us

bubble architects was established in 2009. We have over 30 years’ experience in designing new and refurbished buildings in the residential and commercial sectors. We are passionate about what we do and believe the best solutions are achieved by working closely with our clients. Our aim is simple: to deliver well designed, cost effective and sustainable solutions that fit the needs and resources of our clients.

Patricia HickeyFOUNDER: Patricia Hickey

Over the past 25 years Patricia Hickey has worked as an Architect and Sustainability Coach in Germany and throughout the UK.

Patricia began her career in Germany at small design practices. She moved to London in 2002 where she joined one of UK’s leading commercial practices, 3DReid. There she established a strong background in residential and retail schemes for the UK market.

She has led major developments and social housing schemes, including a 535-unit-residential-led mixed-use scheme, through planning and construction stage.

Since setting up bubble architects, she focuses on delivering high quality housing schemes in UK. Her core skills include the ability to deliver complex schemes to tight deadlines and on budget.

Patricia qualified at the Universities Carolo Wilhelmina Brunswick, Technical University Berlin and Westminster University London. She has a particular interest and expertise in sustainability.

She is a licenced BRE Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and External Examiner at Kingston University, School of Art, London.

MichaelFOUNDER: Michael Hickey

Michael Hickey established bubble architects with Patricia at the end of 2009 to focus on producing well designed and commercially successful residential led proposals.

Educated at the DIT in Dublin, Ireland, Michael originally qualified as an Architectural Technologist and came to London in 1983, where he has worked for a number of top 10 UK practices.

After several years of site experience, Michael studied architecture at London MET and qualified as an Architect. Prior to setting up bubble architects, he was the design lead and coach, at 3DReid – one of UK’s leading commercial practices, for several years. He was responsible for developing a wide variety of schemes including high end residential projects in Park Lane and Mayfair London. His last scheme at that practice was nominated for `best new Office Building’ in Central London by the British Council of Offices.

With 35 years experience, Michael combines an understanding of the commercial aspects of the development industry together with an awareness of the planning framework within which they will be developed. As both a qualified Architectural Technologist and Architect, he enjoys the combination of conceptual as well as technical design development.


Ian Sang joined the bubble team in 2014.

Ian is originally from Glasgow but trained in Manchester, where he briefly worked and in Edinburgh. He headed to London way back in 1975 to specialize in housing design, which he has done ever since in both public and private sectors.

Most recently he was technical director at Sprunt Architects where he was responsible for monitoring and ensuring the technical accuracy and quality of all the output from three architectural design teams and one landscape design team.

If you would like to know more about Ian’s work and experience please visit his website


Nabil joined bubble in 2015

Born and raised in London, Nabil studied architecture at the University of Portsmouth and De Montfort University in Leicester before returning to pursue his career in practice. Since joining bubble architects he has contributed to the design development of a range of schemes through various stages, from concept to detailed design stage.

SalomeSalomé Ripoll

Salome joined bubble architects in October 2016

Born in Balaguer (Spain), Salomé moved to Barcelona where she graduated in Architecture at Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona. Before moving to London, Salomé worked at Barcelona´s Public Space Department gaining knowledge in urban spaces and furniture. She combined it with being a Teaching Assistant at the Structure´s Department at her University. Salome joined bubble architects in October 2016. She is Senior Architect leading several residential projects.

Francesco Bonomo

Born in Milan Francesco completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the Master’s Degree in Sustainable
Architecture at IUAV (Architectural University of Venice). He worked for various Italian firms where he was involved in different types of projects at different architectural scales including residential, office and commercial buildings. Francesco joined Bubble Architects in October 2018 when he moved to London.

Xabier Del Arco Zumarraga

Born in Durango (Spain), Xabier moved to Barcelona where he completed a Master´s Degree in Architecture and in Urbanism at the Technical Superior Architecture School of Barcelona. He worked there in several firms on sectors including residential, healthcare and urban design.

He moved then to London and extended his experience working on some educational projects while continue being involved in various sizes of residential projects through all the stages. Xabier is a great addition to the team.

Ashriya Gurung

Born in Nepal, since moving to the UK, Ashriya has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of West of England in Bristol. Before joining the bubble team in February 2021, she has worked at architects’ practices between semesters where she would assist in making models and drawings for projects involving residential, church buildings, and office conversion. After completing her studies, she joined bubble architects and is now working on a range of projects, primarily residential through different design stages.



minnieMinnie is our office dog. She is a cockapoo and keeps us happy.

Butcher and Charles

Ahmwaah Charles: “Bubble Architects worked with us on our first big development as a company and have been an invaluable part of the team. Not just from a technical point of view but also offering the support and commitment that was required for such a pivotal point in the company\’s history. We are beyond happy with their work and will retain them for future projects.”

Chiltern Properties Ltd

Ms Fran Mahoon: “We would recommend Bubble Architects without hesitation. Their flair for design is fantastic. Technical detail is just what a client needs – when it’s comes to relying on an architect to organise the tendering process and allied building documents with contractors, as well as first rate planning skills. A pleasure to have as part of a team.”

Croft Capital

Mr Stewart Braddock: “Croft Capital have retained Bubble Architects on numerous projects and will continue to do so as they deliver the optimum solution with creativity. They also are very reliable to maximise the potential in each property”

Mr and Mrs K

“Bubble architects have refurbished our home in North London. Their design advice was invaluable. It was a great pleasure working with Michael and Patricia through to construction. We are very happy with the results and anybody that visits our home admires the new interior. We couldn’t be more happy with bubble architects.”

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