About Stephen Hodder

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Stephen Hodder – Education and Early Career

Chairman Stephen Hodder received his education at the University of Manchester's School of Architecture, obtaining a Distinction in his architecture degree. After graduating in 1981, he joined the Building Design Partnership, and one year later, he gained membership to the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Design Awards and Accomplishments

Stephen Hodder began his architecture practice in 1983, and formed Hodder Associates in 1992, a company that has won more than 40 awards, including the Royal Fine Art Commission/Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for its design for Lancashire's Colne Swimming Pool. Stephen also won a competition which gave him the chance to work on the extension of the Grade I Listed Arne Jacobsen's St Catherine's College in Oxford. This led to a client relationship was has flourished for two decades. Perhaps one of Hodder Associates' greatest achievements came in 1996 when the practice received one of the most important awards in British Architecture for one building, the Stirling Prize for Architecture. This was awarded for the design of the Centenary Building at the University of Salford. Hodder Associates has worked on many key projects across the residential, commercial, cultural and leisure sectors as well as the higher and further education sector.

Professional Achievements

In his professional life, Stephen Hodder has been Chairman of RIBA's North West Region and President of the Manchester Society of Architects, as well as a member of the committee for the RIBA Awards. He is also a former member of the Conservation Register Steering Group and the Education Committee and is currently acting as RIBA's President, having been Vice President for Membership, Nations and Regions in the past.

As well as writing and lecturing widely, Stephen has also been a visiting examiner for many architecture schools and from 2002 – 2005, he was a visiting professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture. More recently, he has been appointed to the post of visiting professor at the Belfast School of Architecture. He is a regular assessor for various architectural awards and competitions and sits on Places Matter!'s Design Review Panel. Formerly, he was on CABE's Design Review Panel and he was even awarded an MBE for his services to architecture in the 1998 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

In 2006, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his national, international and regional contributions to architecture from Manchester Metropolitan University and in the same year, he also won the “Architect of the Year” Roses Design Award. In 2013, he was given an Honorary Fellowship for his contributions to architecture from the University of Central Lancashire.

Stephen Hodder - Projects


Stephen Hodder and his team at Hodder & Partners are currently involved in many interesting key projects across several sectors. This long established, award winning architect practice have created impressive designs across the educational, residential, commercial, leisure and cultural sectors.

Some of the most notable of the company's recent projects include: