Tony is an architect and urban designer and was chairman of BDP from 2006 to 2012. Previously he chaired BDP's London studio, the architecture profession and was sector champion for education. It was in this role that he originated BDP’s vertical urban school idea, which has become one of the hallmarks of the practice’s work in education over the past decade.
His work spans projects which look to interlink learning with living to create new communities. He has led the design teams for many award winning buildings, notably the exemplar and Stirling Prize contender Hampden Gurney School in Marylebone.
Tony champions the ethos and philosophy of BDP’s founder Sir George Grenfell Baines in his commitment to humanist design and interdisciplinary working. He set the vision and ethos for BDP as ‘Creating Places for People’ with the view that designing integrated and interrelated activities that draw people together in urban places is the way forward to a truly sustainable culture; socially, environmentally and economically.
What is your biggest personal influence?
Scandinavian design has been a major influence in my architectural career. At the commencement of my life as an architect I worked with Ralph Erskine on the Byker Housing Project In Newcastle upon Tyne, re-housing and renewing a community of 12,000 people working in the shipyards of Tyneside. Byker was awarded Grade II listed status in 2007.