Marcus Lee, a former figurehead of Flacq and an instrumental figure in the practice’s decision to merge with Arup Associates (AA), is to leave the company
Less than a year after the eyebrow-raising move (AJ online 18.03.10), the ex-Richard Rogers Partnership (RRP) architect has now decided to join the London office of Glenn Howells Architects (GHA).
The news comes just weeks after Arup announced it was making 670 UK-based staff redundant. However, inside sources say that AA, the group’s architectural arm, was barely affected by the cuts and that Lee’s decision was not based on ‘a lack of work’.
Lee, who will work alongside director Reinhold Schmaderer at GHA, said: ‘I’ve always admired the work of Glenn Howells Architects – it is a compelling challenge and opportunity.’
Fellow Flacq founders James Finestone, Hal Currey and Kim Quazi will remain as directors at AA.
Currey said: ‘There is no bad feeling and we are sorry to see him go. I’ve had a long working relationship with Lee since our days at RRP. Yet we were aware when we came in that it might not work out for everyone.’
Glenn Howells added: ‘Marcus brings many complementary skills to the practice and joins at a particularly exciting time. As well as working on many commercial and residential schemes in London, we will welcome his contribution to larger infrastructure and masterplanning projects we are working on.’
Meanwhile, Shane Lincoln, the ex-design director and development manager for Sellar Property Group, has joined Mossessian & Partners.
Lincoln, who oversaw the developments of Renzo Piano’s Shard and London Bridge Place, joins the Shoreditch-based practice as managing director.
An ex-associate and design manager at Gensler, Lincoln said he was ‘delighted to be returning to his architectural roots’.