Meet our team

Tom Hughes — (+44) 0775 195 800

Tom is an all rounder, our Director with a strong interest in technology, culture and community. A formative architectural experience came during time spent in Chile, where he discovered a deep appreciation of both the poetics and materiality of building.

After finishing his architectural studies with a specialism in building reuse, Tom joined the in-house architectural practice at English Heritage. A PhD followed, in the practice and theory of designing, building, and buying houses made of steel. Tom is also Director of Sneinton Alchemy, a community interest company working to support his (and 2hD’s) home neighbourhood.

At 2hD, Tom runs the Nottingham office, dealing with practice management, job running and community engagement.

Thibaut Devulder — (+47) 94 98 40 98

Our Oslo-based Director Thibaut interweaves architectural design skills, engineering lateral thinking and a sharp eye for human needs in a wide range of design projects — from self-build housing and visual arts to bridge design and permaculture.

Thibaut originally studied construction engineering in France, before coming to Nottingham in 1999 to explore the bioclimatic design of lightweight architecture in his PhD research. He is a regular visiting lecturer and tutor in several architecture schools in the UK.

At 2hD, Thibaut is managing our Norwegian office in Oslo. He is also our chief of all things technical — from computer modelling wizardry to sheep’s wool insulation — and our visualisation maestro.

Thibaut is also part of the Ooo-Ya-Tsu art collective.

Chris Heuvel — (+44) 0759 823 9263

Chris joined 2hD in 2015 as a Director, bringing a specialism in architectural project and practice management. Keen to build on our distinctive ethos, he is undertaking a DArch study at Nottingham Trent University into community engagement in architectural practice.

Chris has over 30 years of experience in several different kinds of architectural practice, and possesses additional qualifications in town planning, management and education. He also promotes ‘design technology’ – the integration of elegant detailing within an overall architectural vision. He is Fellow Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

At 2hD, Chris is taking on design review and quality management oversight. He has also set up an office in his home town of Norwich.


Alina Hughes

Former 2hD Director Alina hails from Bucharest, Romania, but has lived in the UK since 1991. She has experience in a wide range of architectural practice, from small scale conservation work to multi-million commercial projects. Recently, Alina has focussed on architectural education and research, having designed and run a new architecture degree at Nottingham Trent University. She is also past president of the Nottingham and Derby Society of Architects. Since leaving 2hD in 2015 to pursue new creative directions (particularly in the theatre), Alina has retained a strong association with the practice.

Awards & Prizes

2014 — RIBA East Midlands Awardsshortlisted, for our low energy house in a conservation area in Maplebeck, UK.

2013 — Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), awarded the DICReAM grant, for our Ooo-Ya-Tsu art performance, in France.

2011 — World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awardsshortlisted for our inflatable pavilion at the Lille Métropole Museum of Modern Art, in France.

2011 — RIBA East Midlands Awardswinner in the Out of Region category, for our inflatable event space in Lille, France.

2011 — RIBA East Midlands Awards, shortlisted in the Special Projects category, for our Jewish Memorial in Nottingham, UK.

2011 — Cardiff Bay Public Places competition, shortlisted in collaboration with Tristan Hessing, of Stand Assembly.

2011 — Structures on the Edge competition, shortlisted for our Stranded installation on the Lincolnshire coast, UK

2009 —RIBA East Midlands AwardsHighly Commended for our design of a Studio for an artist in Wickham Market, UK.

2008 — Business in the Community Award from the Sneinton Business Forum for our long-term community involvement in Sneinton.

2001 — Great East Midlands Landmark competition, winner for our design of the Sky Vault landmark.

Legal stuff

RIBA chartered member

RIBA chartered member

2hD is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with the UK Companies House since 2003 (Nº 04964870).

Our head office is located in Nottingham, UK. We are setup and insured to take on architectural and design projects in most countries in the world.

Director Chris Heuvel is registered with the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) and is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).


2hD also has a branch established in Oslo, Norway since 2011 ( 997 447 727). We are fully certified to work as architects in Norway, both for architectural design and to act as responsible applicant on our projects.

In France, we have practiced as architects registered under the Conseil Régional de l’Ordre des Architectes d’Aquitaine.

Protecting your data

You can read about how we use and take care of your private data in our data protection policy and our privacy policy.

2hD in the press

We have got quite an extensive cover of our projects in the international press. See some of the recent ones on our Workshop blog: