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The KPF 'breakaway five' unveil new practice name

Five former partners of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s (KPF) London office, who walked away following a failed management buyout, have re-emerged as PLP Architecture

Last week the AJ revealed that Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Fred Pilbrow, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker – the leading figureheads of KPF’s UK outpost – had decided to set up on their own after an unsuccessful bid to take full ownership of the company’s London office.

The new practice will be named PLP Architecture (PL Partnership: Polisano Leventhal Pilbrow Cook Bakker) and will operate from offices in Camden Town. The outfit claims it will have an ‘anticipated initial team of 80-100 architects.’

Lee Polisano said: ‘The new practice combines the experience of 20 years of collaboration working around the world with the freedom to unleash our full creative potential.

‘We believe the time is right to make this change, to build on this body of work, to collaborate with the most visionary clients and talented teams and to continue the high design standards for which we are known.’

While at KPF, the five partners were responsible for a number of high-profile projects including The Heron Tower, The Pinnacle and Imperial College’s Prince’s Garden redevelopment, all in London as well as the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford, the Endesa Headquarters in Madrid, the Danube House in Prague and the new Abu Dhabi International Airport.

The firm told the AJ it would ‘shortly [be] announcing a selection of new commissions’.

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