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Next Generation Leadership at BDP

Our practice leadership group has remained very steady for the last five years and, in advance of a number of colleagues nearing retirement, we have taken steps to introduce the next generation of leaders by appointing seven new Principals to the Board effective from 1 January 2017. We are delighted to welcome Ged Couser (architect), Nick Edwards (landscape architect), Rob Ferry (building services engineer), James Hepburn (building services engineer), Alistair Kell (Information Technology), Adrian Price (architect) and John Roycroft (civil and structural engineer) to the leadership of the practice and we are confident that their governance and direction will enhance its continuing good health. In addition Ruth Atkinson and Michael Cambden have both been appointed architect directors.

Appointments from 1 March 2017

Benedict Zucchi: Architecture Profession Chair
Benedict is an inspirational designer and has been responsible for a broad portfolio of exceptional projects across a number of work sectors. He is currently leading the National Children’s Hospital of Ireland project in Dublin, the largest, most complex capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland.

Andrew Swain-Smith: Building Services Engineering Chair
Andrew previously led the education sector for our BSE group, collaborating with both in-house architects and with other leading architectural practices to design award winning educational facilities throughout the UK. He drives a people friendly engineering ethos across the team. 

Graham McClements: Chair of BDP South
The Chair of BDP South has overall responsibility of both Bristol and London studios. Graham has previously held the role of Architecture Profession Chair and also Head of Workplace when he led one of our largest interdisciplinary projects, a new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters for AstraZeneca.

Mark Simpson: Head of Workplace Sector
Mark has 30 years of experience in all aspects of the office and workplace sector and has established strong contacts across a broad range of blue-chip client groups. In the workplace sector Mark will champion the very highest standards of design in the delivery of world class projects.

Peter Jenkins: Head of Transport Sector
Peter is widely experienced in rail related transportation work including acting as lead architect on major, completed rail station projects such as Piccadilly and Victoria stations in Manchester. It is to be expected that our partnership with Nippon Koei will increase the significance of this sector for the practice over the coming years

Kathryn Tombling and Stephen Marshall: Heads of Housing Sector
Kathryn (London Housing) and Steve (Non-London Housing) will work together to promote the practice’s substantial portfolio of project completions and develop a new workstream of quality housing projects both within the UK and across our international network of studios.

Keith Papa: Head of Science, Research and Technology Sector
Keith will take the practice lead in this area of work which is gaining traction across the practice lifting our profile and reputation in this field. We intend to further develop our portfolio within the sector and promote our design and delivery skills to a new range of client groups.

These are exciting times for us and I wish all of those taking on board new practice leadership responsibilities every success. We are now embarking upon a new and more ambitious international development plan that will not only strengthen and consolidate the practice’s current international studio network but will lead to the establishment of more BDP studios outside the UK. In over 30 years of experience in the practice, I can honestly say that there has never been a more exciting time to be part of our continuous collective.

John McManus Chief Executive