Julian and Cari-Jane Hakes began their working collaboration having won their first commission in 1995, both aged 22. They set up their first design studio in a spare student room and fielded clients and phonecalls from a payphone in the corridor. In their final term at Cambridge University they won an open international RIBA design competition for 150 sustainable urban homes, prompting them to set up in architectural practice in 2000. Their first completed project, the Wycoller Visitor Centre, Lancashire, was won through an open RIBA competition in 2001 and received an RIBA award in 2002. Recent competition wins include Mobius Bridge in Bristol, the Bridge of Hope in Liverpool and a new 350-seat chapel and auditorium in London. Hakes Associates collaborates with a number of leading engineering practices and is currently working on commissions for two 300m pedestrian and cycle bridges along the Charles River in Boston in the US, and two 500m highway bridges in Al Khiran in Kuwait. They have both taught and lectured at Cambridge University for five years and are visiting critics for a number of London schools of architecture.