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Promotions at PLP Architecture

12th August, 2013 – PLP Architecture is pleased to announce a series of promotions, including to Partner and Director level, which reflect the growth of the practice and recognise the creative and technical knowledge of our colleagues.

Promotions to Partner include:

Kevin Flanagan, MRAIC, AIA, FRSA, FRGS
Kevin has 30 years’ experience, with a reputation for award-winning designs, such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) Headquarters, and De Hoftoren and The Provinciehuis in The Hague, both designed while at KPF. He is now responsible for the design of the studio’s mixed-use projects in China and Hong Kong, and the Deloitte Headquarters, currently under construction in Amsterdam.

Alessandra Luzzatto, RIBA, Order of Architects of Province of Milan, Italy
With over 18 years of experience, Alessandra has managed and delivered complex projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, including the Aerospace City project in Qatar. With special expertise in the Gulf States, she is currently in charge of new business initiatives in the region, and leads the design teams on a number of signature buildings for Doha’s New Port, as well as a mixed-use development at New Court, Carey Street in London.

Andrei Martin
Andrei combines design, research and academic roles as a senior lecturer at the University of Westminster’s School of Architecture, and as a guest lecturer at universities in the UK, China, Korea and the USA. He has designed a range of innovative projects, including signature buildings in Abu Dhabi, Frankfurt, Milan and Ningbo, and is now designing projects in the UK, Korea and Qatar.

Robert Peebles
With more than 30 years’ experience and unrivalled curtain wall expertise, Rob is in charge of delivering the studio’s façade and cladding designs. Major projects while he was at KPF included the Heron Tower, Unilever Headquarters and the Pinnacle, while at PLP he has developed the exterior walls on the Four Seasons Abu Dhabi and The Francis Crick Institute, currently under construction in St Pancras, London.

Bernard Storch, ARB
Bernard has worked on a wide range of projects including cultural, institutional, educational, hospitality, offices and residential in Abu Dhabi, London, Moscow, Ningbo, Prague, Shanghai and Doha. His design for the Sampson and Ludgate masterplan on the South Bank is currently submitted for planning, and he is presently designing a flagship residential project in London.

Promotions to Director include:

Veanna Chan, HKIA, ARB HK
Veanna’s expertise in interior architecture draws on high-profile residential, hospitality and office projects in the UK, Hong Kong and the Middle East. This knowledge contributes to the studio’s residential projects including 66 Chiltern Street and New Court Carey Street in Westminster, and the Four Seasons hotels in London and in Abu Dhabi. She is a licensed BREEAM Assessor in accordance with The Code for Sustainable Homes.

Gavin Eldred, ARB
With his 20 years’ experience, Gavin leads the delivery of complex projects for the firm. While at KPF he was one of the leaders on the Midfield Terminal Complex for Abu Dhabi International Airport, and at PLP he has overseen the Four Seasons hotel in Abu Dhabi and is currently in charge of delivering Nova, the mixed-use project in Victoria which is currently under construction.

Amy Holtz, LEED AP
Amy heads PLP Architecture’s Sustainability Design Group. This summer she completed 1 Page Street in Westminster for Burberry’s global headquarters. The environmental design credentials for the reconfiguration and extension of this 1960s building have received a BREEAM Excellent certificate. Projects also include The Francis Crick Institute and the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences London at Heron Plaza. Amy is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Daniel Moore, ARB
Daniel contributes his comprehensive knowledge of working in London to lead major planning applications, including private residences and a hotel for Heron Plaza in the City, a new office building above the proposed Crossrail station in Farringdon, and the Ludgate and Sampson mixed-use complex on the South Bank. He is currently working on a group of residential buildings for The Goodsyard in Bishopsgate.

Karl Sharro, OEA Lebanon
Karl is an architect and urban designer and writes extensively about architecture and culture in the UK and the Middle East, including co-authoring the influential Manifesto: Towards a New Humanism in Architecture and reviewing a number of renowned buildings on BBC Radio 3. He is currently leading the design of the mixed-use development at New Court Carey Street in Westminster.

Bin Sheng
Bin brings her 17 years of knowledge of projects in China, the UK and the Middle East to help win and lead commissions in China. Significant projects include those in Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, and Wuhan, as well as a mixed-use complex with a 300-metre tall tower, which will become the new symbol of Foshan’s New Town.

The practice has also appointed 18 new Senior Associate Partners and 18 Associate partners, recognising a group of key architects, landscape architects, graphic designers, model makers and visualisers who together make a significant contribution to the creative process of the studio’s designs.

The PLP studio is currently working on projects across a range of sectors in China, Europe, South America, and throughout the Middle East, and has recently been awarded a number of new project in the region, including the design of a number of signature buildings for Doha’s new port.

Current PLP Architecture projects in London include the office development for Grosvenor above Crossrail’s station at Bond Street West, the Sampson and Ludgate masterplan comprising nine new buildings and public open space on a prominent site on the River Thames for The Carlyle Group, and Nova Victoria, central London’s last major urban redevelopment area, which is being led by Land Securities and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. PLP is responsible for the masterplan and designs for three new office buildings.

20 May 2010

PLP Architecture Practice News

Newly launched practice steams into top industry league table at 35 –

PLP Architecture (PLP), the architectural practice formed last year by the five former partners of Kohn Pederson Fox’ London office, Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, has been named the highest new entrant to annual industry league table, the AJ100.
Current project by PLP Architecture – Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Island:
Four Seasons Abu Dhabi by PLP Architecture Office
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Established just nine months ago, the practice has grown at a phenomenal pace to around 75 employees, and has scooped arguably the most important new project in the City of London, Heron International’s £500m scheme, “Four Seasons Hotel and Residences at Heron Plaza”, the first purpose built, luxury hotel constructed in Central London for 30 years.

Last month, PLP was also revealed as the architect behind designs for a second Four Seasons project, “Four Seasons Abu Dhabi, Sowwah Island”, a luxury business hotel located at the heart of Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District. The project is being developed by Mubadala Real Estate & Hospitality. Also in the Middle East, the practice is nearing completion of its large scale masterplanning project for the Qatar Foundation.

In the UK, other major projects that PLP has secured since its launch in September 2009 include a collaboration with HOK on the design of the United Kingdom Centre for Medical Research and Innovation and two Crossrail over station developments at Bond Street West, for the Grosvenor Estate, and Farringdon East, with Scott Wilson.

Speaking about the award, Fred Pilbrow, Partner at PLP commented:

“Having launched PLP during difficult economic times, I know I speak for all of the company’s partners when I say how delighted we are to be working on so many diverse and interesting projects. To have been recognised in this way so soon after the company’s launch is a tribute to the hard work of all of our team, and makes me feel truly proud. Just nine months on from the launch, the world has already changed dramatically, politically and economically, and it is exciting to think what the next nine months may bring.”

PLP Architecture Launch Office

– Lee Polisano to lead London-based team –

Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker – the former partners responsible for leading KPF’s London office – have today announced the launch of a new architectural practice: PLP Architecture

The new practice will be named PLP Architecture (PL Partnership: Polisano Leventhal Pilbrow Cook Bakker). The architects practice is operating from offices in Camden Town with an anticipated initial team of 80-100 architects.

The five departing partners, whilst at KPF, designed a number of award-winning projects including The Heron Tower, The Pinnacle and Imperial College’s Prince’s Garden redevelopment, all in London, The Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, the Endesa Headquarters in Madrid, the Danube House in Prague, Tour First (AXA) in Paris, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Headquarters and the new Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The partners of PLP Architecture
from left: Karen Cook, Ron Bakker, David Leventhal, Lee Polisano, Fred Pilbrow
PLP Architecture
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The firm will shortly announce a selection of new commissions.
Lee Polisano said: “The new practice combines the experience of twenty years of collaboration working around the world with the freedom to unleash our full creative potential. “We believe the time is right to make this change, to build on this body of work, to collaborate with the most visionary clients and talented teams and to continue the high design standards for which we are known.”

More information re PLP Architecture online soon

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Location: Carlow House, Carlow Street, London, NW1 7LH, England, UK

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About PLP Architecture
PLP Architecture was founded in 2009 by Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, the former partners who were responsible for leading KPF’s London office over the last 20 years.

Together, this team was responsible for a series of innovative designs which have been recognised by many honours. Such projects include the Heron Tower and The Pinnacle, both under construction in the City of London, the major expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport and, at a smaller scale, buildings for the Rothermere American Institute and St Anne’s College at the University of Oxford.*

PLP has established a fully operational architects studio in Carlow House, Camden Town with a team of over 70. PLP is presently working on a number of projects in the U.K. and abroad, including a mixed-use tower in the City of London for Heron International, the over-site development at Bond Street Station for Grosvenor, a hotel in Abu Dhabi for Mubadala and a large scale urban planning project for the Qatar Foundation.

*These are KPF (London) projects on which Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook, and Ron Bakker worked in the capacity of partners in charge of design and management.

London Architectural Designs

London Architecture Designs – architectural selection below:

Pinnacle House, at Royal Wharf, Newham, East London
Architecture: Mæ
Pinnacle House Royal Wharf Newham
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Pinnacle House, Royal Wharf Newham

60 Aldgate, Minories, City of London
Design: ACME, Architects
60 Aldgate, Minories London Masterplan
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60 Aldgate Building News

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