Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Internal affairs

  • Comment
astragal

What is going on at Foster and Partners? The inevitable rumourmill product doing the rounds of architects' Christmas parties includes why exactly Ken Shuttleworth is leaving after 30 years, during which time the firm has joined the top half-dozen in the premier league of international practices. Shuttleworth says the parting is amicable and there seems no reason to doubt this; he is leaving to consider future options, essentially whether to work for another big firm (cf Robin Partington, who left Foster's to become design supremo at Hamilton Associates), or to set up on his own. At 51 he is young enough to do it. Another interesting story about the practice concerns Norman Foster himself, and more specifically the house in the south of France that he has had designed by the firm.The house is magnificent and no expense spared, I am told, but has been hit by a rather significant hitch: the boss was unhappy about aspects of the design, leading to delays and consequent impact on the Fosters' holiday arrangements.

Far-fetched as it may sound, this may result in Norman suing his own firm for compensation!

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.