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Grimshaw chief to speak about practice's New York work

Grimshaw chief Andrew Whalley is to set out the role the London-headquartered practice has played in changing the landscape of New York over the past decade.

Whalley, deputy chairman of Grimshaw, will address the American Institute of Architects London Chapter on 8 November inside the studio’s Clerkenwell office.

He will tell attendees of Grimshaw’s meteoric progression in the Big Apple since opening a two-person office there in 2001.

In 2011 the practice was described in the New York Times as the foreign firm that had made the biggest impact on residents’ lives since September 2001.

Whalley will say: ‘One of the reasons for The Wall Street Journal’s conclusion is that our body of work is markedly different from most international firms, who are principally engaged with large-scale commercial buildings.

‘We have largely worked in the public sector and with institutional clients. Many of these opportunities have come out of Mayor Bloomberg’s initiatives to improve the design quality of public buildings and the city’s infrastructure.’

Grimshaw won the competition for the Fulton Street Transit Center, part of the post-September 11 reconstruction of lower Manhattan.

Its other work in the city has included sidewalk ventilation grates, bus shelters, newsagent stands and public toilets.

Grimshaw is also working on the Via Verde public housing scheme with local practice Dattner Architects, and is assisting New York University with a masterplan for its West Village campus.

In 2010 the practice moved offices from Tribeca to a building in Chelsea with views of the Hudson River and Empire State Building.

Whalley will say: ‘Being a British firm in the US has created new opportunities. Alongside the transport and infrastructure projects we are known for in the UK, we have succeeded in winning a range of arts and cultural projects.’

Tickets to the event are free. Visit the AIA UK website for more information

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