Long-standing Aedas UK deputy chair Peter Oborn is to exit the AJ100 practice after nearly 29 years with the company
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Oborn, who is currently UK deputy chair and was formerly joint managing director, said it was ‘time for a new challenge.’
However the Heriot-Watt-trained architect, who is also the vice president of International Relations at the RIBA would not confirm whether he was planning to set up his own practice when he officially stands down at the end of the year.
Oborn, the director behind Aedas’ recently completed Holland Park School in west London, said: ‘I’m very pleased to have been involved in such an exciting period in the practices’ history but feel it is time for a new challenge. I am exploring a number of avenues that will capitalise on my international experience together with my interest in research and innovation.’
The news of Oborn’s departure comes just weeks after Aedas Architects filed new trading figures which showed it had turned around a £373,000 loss in 2010 into an operating profit of £585,000 in 2011. The practice has predicted ‘a pipeline of new instructions throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia’ would keep Aedas’ 2012 turnover at a similar level to the last 12 months.
Speaking about Oborn’s decision, UK managing director, Malcolm Ellis said: ‘Peter has been an active participant in the development of the practice over the years and he will be missed.’