Spencer is fascinated with views and orientation, light and space. Before starting any project he immerses himself in the local environment, culture and landscape; these factors all influence his creative thinking.

He becomes deeply connected with each space or building he works on, observing its orientation and how daylight affects it. He sketches by hand to explore and develop designs, and has a holistic approach to architecture, interiors, furniture and landscape.

Spencer’s early training at technical school, where he practised woodwork, metalwork and technical drawing, turned him into a fine draughtsman and gave him a love of raw materials. He delights in the integrity of noble materials and loves to work with marble, oak and stone using hand-crafted finishes and interesting natural or historic materials. Functionality is never compromised, yet he pushes boundaries with detail, always upgrading and raising the benchmark. He excels in attention to detail, and works with teams of specialist craftsmen using traditional techniques alongside cutting-edge technology.

Spencer trained at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association School of Architecture and founded Spencer Fung Architects in 1990. Projects include: luxury world-class hotels, spas, restaurants, retail spaces, work studios, barn conversions, homes, offices, yachts, private jets. Clients include: The Berkeley Hotel, The Royal Opera House, Netjets, Bamford, General Trading Company, Daylesford and Marie-Chantal.

‘The way that Spencer corrals nature with architecture is deeply pleasurable to behold and inhabit. His approach to building is artistic, gentle and visceral. I am so excited by his new book, it is a real inspiration.’

Rita Konig

‘Working with Spencer on two homes and more than a few shops was a joy! His talent for discovering simplicity of form and his love of nature and materials – bamboo, lacquer, bronze, stone,  wood, leather – were always a huge part of the creative project. A courtyard with twenty five foot bamboos, sleek shop furniture, the coolest lacquer dining room tables, rich leather banquettes and well-considered lighting… Spencer brings the same unerring eye and love of craftsmanship and line to every project. He’s a master of understated beauty,
and a harnesser of nature.’

Isabel Ettedgui