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Founders, Caruso St John Architects
Adam Caruso and Peter St John founded their practice in 1990 and drew international recognition five years later when they won a commission to build the New Art Gallery in Walsall. Caruso St John Architects is now one of the most highly regarded British practices in Europe, with clients including Tate Britain, the V&A and Arts Council England. They recently completed work on Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery, a frontrunner for the 2016 Stirling Prize. The partners worked together at Arup prior to founding their own firm, and they now employ 25 staff in their London office, with a second office having opened in Zurich in 2010.
Co-founder, Skene Catling de la Peña
Together with Jaime de la Peña, Charlotte Skene Catling founded architecture firm Skene Catling de la Peña in 2003. The firm has completed projects around the world, including renovations for London private members’ clubs 5 Hertford Street and Frontline, and redesigns of retail spaces for Selfridges and Wedgwood. In 2015, the practice built Flint House, a ‘miracle house’ for Lord Rothschild in the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate. It won RIBA House of the Year, the RIBA South Award, and the RIBA South Building of the Year Award, with judges praising it as a ‘one-off’, and ‘not an object in the landscape but of the landscape’. Skene Catling has written for the Sunday Telegraph and The Architectural Review, and currently teaches at the Karlsrhue Institute of Technology in Germany.
Managing Director, Land Securities London
With responsibility for Land Securities’ £7.8 billion London property portfolio, Colette O’Shea is one of the most influential people on the capital’s development scene. She is responsible for development and asset management of over 900 million square feet of office, retail and residential space as well as ongoing developments in the City and West End. O’Shea has over 20 years’ property experience in London, and joined Land Securities from the Mercers’ Company, where she was Head of Estates. She was appointed managing director at Land Securities since 2014, before which she was head of development for the London portfolio. In the same year she was appointed president of the British Council for Offices.
Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid is known for her distinctive, futuristic work which includes the Serpentine Pavilion and the London Aquatics Centre built for the 2012 Olympic Games. Hadid's achievements are second to none: she was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004, won the Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011, and was made a dame the following year. In 2014 she was the first woman to win the top prize in the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award for the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, and in 2015 was awarded the coveted RIBA Gold Medal, again becoming the first woman to achieve that distinction. Intolerant of focus on her gender, image and ethnicity to the detriment of her work, Hadid has at times had a fractious relationship with the press, most recently over her World Cup stadium in Qatar. Hadid is also responsible for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics stadium, and has recently designed half-million-dollar 'dining pavilions' showcased at Design Miami 2015.
Architect and Principal, Adjaye/Associates
Founder and principal architect of Adjaye/Associates David Adjaye is a leading architectural talent whose projects – ranging from private homes to major arts centres – have received attention in the UK and worldwide. Tanzanian-born Adjaye is the son of a Ghanaian diplomat and moved to Britain aged nine. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1993 and set up his own practice seven years later. Adjaye's most recent projects include the Alara Concept Store in Lagos, Nigeria, and a shopping centre in Beirut. His two pioneering libraries, the Ideas Stores on Chrisp Street and in Whitechapel, helped distinguish him as a major talent over a decade ago: the former received a RIBA Building Award and was nominated for the Stirling Prize.
Founder and Principal, Eric Parry Architects
Eric Parry is the architect behind the 73-storey tower that looks set to become the tallest in the City of London, at 1 Underpass in the capital's financial district. Parry founded his practice in 1983 and has since been responsible for many significant cultural, residential, leisure and office developments including the Stock Exchange at 10 Paternoster Square and a highly complex renewal project at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Parry spent his early childhood in Kuwait, where his father was chief medical officer, before moving to the UK, and he studied at Newcastle University and the Royal College of Art.
Architect and Chairman, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
From his early creation of the Pompidou Centre in Paris with Renzo Piano, through to the now listed Lloyd's of London building, and from Heathrow's Terminal 5 to the Millennium Dome, Richard Rogers is one of the most radical and renowned architects of our time. His practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners employs 200 people and has delivered projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australasia, notably being chosen in 2006 as the architect of Tower 3 of the new World Trade Center in New York. A long-term campaigner for social and environmental responsibility in architecture, Rogers also acts in an advisory role to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. Over the course of his career, Rogers has won a RIBA Gold Medal, the Pritzker Prize and the Stirling Prize, but a more unusual accolade came in 2015 when he was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men.
Interior Designer and Interior Architect
Interior designer Martin Brudnizki has created such world-famous restaurant interiors as The Ivy, Annabel's, Scott's, Hix, and, more recently, the opulent Sexy Fish, which famously features a pair of bronze mermaids by Damien Hirst. Born in Stockholm, Brudnizki moved to London in 1990 to study, and founded his own studio ten years later. MBDS, the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, now has a practice in New York as well as London and employs over 70 people. In 2015 Brudnizki, described as 'one of the best restaurant and hotel designers of his generation' by Wallpaper*, launched his own furniture, lighting and interior accessories range, And Objects.
Founder, Studio Myerscough and Supergroup London
Prolific designer Morag Myerscough established her multidisciplinary Studio Myerscough in 1993 and went on to found Supergroup London – a creative team of five – with Luke Morgan in 2010. Her distinctive designs, notable for their bold use of colour, type and graphics, range from furniture to works such as the eye-catching Temple of Agape on London's South Bank, and she often collaborates on projects such as the Kentish Town Health Centre built by AHMM architects, which was nominated for the Stirling Prize. Brought up in Holloway, Myerscough studied Graphic Design at Central St Martins, then an MA at the Royal College of Art from which she graduated in 1988. She has won numerous design plaudits including a RIBA award and is set to design the Design Museum's new permanent exhibition.
Director, Reiach and Hall
Edinburgh-based architecture practice Reiach and Hall was established in 1965 by Alan Reiach and Eric Hall, and has been winning awards for its refined and elegant buildings over three generations of management. Director Neil Gillespie has spent most of his career with the practice, overseeing its diverse portfolio of residential, civic, commercial, leisure and healthcare projects both in Edinburgh, 'where looks are everything', and further afield. In 2015 the firm's Maggie's Cancer Centre in Lanarkshire won the RIBA Award for Scotland, the RIAS Award, and a nomination for the Stirling Prize. For the last three years Reiach and Hall has been named Architectural Practice of the Year by the Scottish Design Awards. Gillespie, who cites the 1950s as his favourite period for architecture, studied at Edinburgh College of Art. In 2015 he sat on the selection panel for RIBA's Gold Medal, awarded to Zaha Hadid.
Graphic Designer and Dean, Royal College of Art School of Communications
Perhaps the best known graphic designer of his generation, Neville Brody rose to prominence as art director at The Face and then Arena in the '80s and '90s, and remains an influential figure today as head of the Royal College of Art's Communication, Art and Design department. One of the founding members of FontShop, the first font reseller in digital type history, Brody has designed a number of well-known and widely used typefaces, and was responsible for design makeovers for the Guardian and Observer. In 1994 Brody founded Research Studios, which has today opened branches in places as far-flung as Paris, Tokyo, Barcelona and New York, working with clients from Kenzo and Dom Pérignon to Paramount and The Times, for which it created a new font, Times Modern, the newspaper's first new typeface since Times New Roman in 1932.
Designer and Co-founding Director, PriestmanGoode
Paul Priestman is a co-founder of PriestmanGoode, the industrial design agency specialising in transport design and working predominantly in aviation with clients such as United Airlines, Lufthansa and Airbus. The London-based practice, founded 25 years ago, employs 50 staff and is currently undertaking a project with TFL to redesign the tube trains for the Bakerloo, Central, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines. The son of an architect and a textile designer, Priestman left school with one O-Level, but Central St Martins waived its usual entry requirements to allow him to study industrial design. He says he 'gets depressed when things that look good don't work' and speaks on design and creative thinking around the world.
Interior Designer
Leading London designer and dealer Rose Uniacke creates refined, understated interiors which have included the Jo Malone headquarters and the Beckham family's Holland Park home. She originally trained as a furniture restorer and now designs and deals in lighting and furniture from her Pimlico showroom. 'Queen of serene' Uniacke likes to incorporate light, air and space into her interiors, and won the prestigious Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award in 2013. She cites her own home, which she shares with film producer husband David Heyman, as being the interior design project of which she is most proud.Visit roseuniacke.com
Founding Partner, AHMM
Simon Allford is a founding partner at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris – or AHMM – the firm that won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2015 for its transformation of Burntwood School in South London. The project was praised for its 'superb integration of artwork, landscaping and engineering', and for 'the wonderful working relationship between the headteacher and the architect: a true partnership of equals'. Since it was established in the late '80s, AHMM has grown from its four founders to a staff of over 300, and its portfolio showcases a hugely diverse range of projects that include arts, education, healthcare, office and residential buildings.
Architect and Principal, David Chipperfield Architects
For 30 years David Chipperfield Architects has been producing a diverse and distinguished body of work, including cultural, commercial, leisure and residential projects, under its leader and founder Sir David Chipperfield. With practices now in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai as well as London, DCA has received over 100 awards and citations internationally. It has recently been making its mark in New York as the firm chosen to redesign the Metropolitan Museum's wing for Modern and Contemporary Art as well as The Bryant, a new 37-storey residential tower due to open in 2017. Sir David is a vocal advocate for the development of a better UK planning culture, and in 2011 received the RIBA Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in recognition of a lifetime's work. He was appointed Knight Bachelor in the same year.
Designer, Campaigner and Chairman of University of the Arts London
Sir John Sorrell set up design consultancy Newell and Sorrell with his wife Frances in 1976 and together they led the agency to become one of Europe's largest, working with clients such as British Airways, Boots and Marks & Spencer, by the time of its merger with Interbrand in 1997. The couple also established the Sorrell Foundation in 1999 with the aim to foster creativity in young people. Sir John has gone on to influence the UK's design industry in numerous other ways as the brains behind the London Design Festival and the Creative Industries Federation, a membership organisation for the public arts, cultural education and creative industries. He was appointed chair of the University of the Arts London in 2013.
Chief Design Officer, Apple
As Apple's chief design officer, Sir Jonathan 'Jony' Ive is responsible for such era-defining designs as the iPod, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad, and oversees the Apple Industrial Design Group and its human interface software teams. The notoriously private Ive, who was listed as one of TIME's 100 most influential people in 2013, is the son of a silversmith, and his father fostered his early experiments in product design in his workshop at Middlesex Polytechnic. After studying Industrial Design at Newcastle Polytechnic, Ive began work at a design agency in London before joining Apple in 1992, working with 'closest friend' Steve Jobs to turn the company into a global giant at the forefront of technological innovation. Ive has recently defended his u-turn on introducing an electronic stylus, an instrument Steve Jobs vehemently decried, for the iPad.
Senior Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Teresa Borsuk has worked at Pollard Thomas Edwards, the architecture firm that specialises in residential developments, for over 30 years, and was made a senior partner in 2014. Her work in improving gender equality at PTE, whose staff is now made up of more than 50% women, was recognised in 2015 when she was named Woman Architect of the Year by the Architects' Journal. In 2014 Borsuk completed a £14 million residential project in Saffron Walden and a scheme of four new apartment blocks in Cambridge. Borsuk first became interested in architecture as a child when her parents moved house, and she studied at the Bartlett School, UCL.
Architect, Founder and Chairman, Foster + Partners
Norman Foster is perhaps Britain's best known living architect, and certainly its most prolific, responsible for London's Gherkin, Millennium Bridge, Wembley Stadium and City Hall, and Berlin's Reichstag amongst many other buildings. Raised in a working class Manchester family, he was inspired to pursue a career in architecture from a young age after his sketches of Mancunian buildings were noticed by a clerk at Manchester Town Hall. His large Battersea-based firm, Foster + Partners, which he founded in 1967, is a powerhouse designing typically progressive buildings worldwide. Since its inception, the practice has received more than 685 awards, with Foster himself winning the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture's equivalent of the Nobel Prize, in 1999.
One of the UK's most imaginative and versatile designers, Thomas Heatherwick was the man behind the spectacular flaming petal cauldron unveiled at the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics. He established Heatherwick Studio in 1994 and his now 180-strong team has undertaken numerous significant projects including London's new Routemaster buses, 'Seed Cathedral', Britain's pavilion for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, and a proposed garden bridge for London, an idea first conceived by Joanna Lumley. At the end of 2015 it was revealed that Heatherwick had also been commissioned to renovate the David Geffen Hall in New York's Lincoln Center, and his plans for a 'vessel' on the Hudson remain shrouded in secrecy. Heatherwick studied design at Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art, and in 2004 he became the youngest person to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.
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