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Nord's Pert to head Down Under

Alan Pert, director of Glasgow and London-based Nord Architecture Ltd, is to take up a full-time position as director of the Melbourne School of Design

His Australia move comes less than six months after a high-profile switch from University of Strathclyde to join Christopher Platt at the Glasgow School of Art (GSA). Currently on a leave of absence from the the school, Pert’s research-related work there is expected to end in December.

On the back of his appointment, Pert told the AJ that the 11-strong practice is looking to set up a new office next year in Melbourne.

With Pert on the other side of the world, ‘a group of long-standing senior architects’ is expected to take ‘on the role of associate directors’ in the UK and the firm is set to announce ‘an exciting new senior appointment in October’.

The Glaswegian told the AJ: ‘There is a perception that the practice is just me, but there are people here with eight or nine years’ experience. So this is not the same as packing my suitcases and disappearing. This is an opportunity to grow the practice with the support of the university.’

Pert will join Caroline Bos of UN Studio, John Wardell of John Wardell Architects and Donald Bates of LAB Architecture at the university.

Due to start his four-year stint in October, Pert, who split acrimoniously with Nord LLP co-founder Robin Lee in early 2011 (AJ 19.04.11), added: ‘It is going to be a challenge especially as I have a young family. But people do it all the time and it is not a stumbling block to the university.’

It is understood that Scottish Development International is supporting the plans.

 

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