Debby Kuypers


Royal Academy Shop

Debby Kuypers MA Dip Arch RIBA FRSA

I’m a registered Architect with 25 years experience.

Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands , I moved to the UK in 1988 and attended the School of Architecture at Edinburgh University.

After graduating with distinction, I pursued my architectural career in London, working with internationally acclaimed practices Skidmore Owings and Merrill Inc., Benson + Forsyth and Stanton Williams.

During my 7 years at Benson + Forsyth, I played a key role in the Museum of Scotland and National Gallery of Ireland. Both projects were short-listed for the Stirling Prize.

For the Museum of Scotland I was the senior project architect for the fit out and integrated Exhibition Design.

During my time at Stanton Williams, I was the project architect for Selfridges Manchester Exchange Square and Selfridges Birmingham Menswear and Beauty.

Whilst at Stanton Williams I worked closely with Alan Farlie and in 2003, Alan and I founded RFK Architects Ltd.

Our mutual experience in both museum and retail design is evident in all our projects.

Over the years I’ve built a strong portfolio of retail projects, from luxury to high street, department stores to independent concept stores, in the UK as well as the Netherlands, Spain and United States.

Our clients include (amongst others) Selfridges, de Bijenkorf, Harrods, Fenwick, John Lewis and Boots. I’ve also led museum enterprise projects (shops) for the V+A, the Royal Academy, the British Museum and Kings College Cambridge.

As well as the obvious creative and technical abilities required to be an architect, I have also developed the necessary skills to be as company director, practice leader and employer.

I’m organised, a good communicator and financially astute.

In 2014 I made the UK’s Power Part Time Top 50 list – when my daughter was a year old. I’ve now returned to working full time, but actively encourage flexible working within our practice.

In addition to my work at RFK Architects, I’ve been a Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University since 2005, where I tutor the MA Interiors – Retail Design Module.

I’m also Vice – Chair of Governors at Coleridge Primary School.


Museum of Scotland


National Gallery of Ireland


Selfridges Birmingham and Manchester