Former Grimshaw managing partner Christopher Nash has retired after 30 years working for the company
Nash – who led the practice’s recently completed restoration of the Cutty Sark Museum in Greenwhich – announced he was leaving to work with business consultancy Colander in a statement issued -last night (6 September).
Nash stepped down from his role as managing partner three years ago to concentrate on the Cutty Sark project, a spokesperson for the company explained.
He said: ‘I am happy to announce my retirement from the partnership to sail my own boat, professionally speaking, for the next period in my career.
Grimshaw has been central to my life for most of my career
‘As an original partner I enjoyed helping the firm grow both in scale and in reputation, and I am proud to have been intrinsically involved with some excellent works of architecture along the way. Grimshaw has been central to my life for most of my career.
‘A strong new management team is now in place to take the firm further and I feel my job there is complete. I wish the team every further success due to them in the future. I am moving on.’
He added: ‘I have reached a stage where I would like to offer my particular combination of skills and experience to a wider group of professionals and work at a smaller scale. As part of this plan I have agreed to join the panel of consultants on the Colander team, headed by Caroline Cole, with whom I have worked over several years.
‘I offer my experience to help other aspiring firms of architects avoid some of the pitfalls and maybe, along the way, help design some good buildings and practices, while continuing to enjoy life. I very much hope that our professional paths will cross again in the future.’
Studio founder Nicholas Grimshaw praised Nash for his ‘instrumental’ role in the ‘design and delivery of many of our best buildings’.
‘Chris has also played a fundamental role in guiding the development and growth of the practice as Managing Director and, having overseen the transition to a Limited Liability Partnership, as Managing Partner, through a period that has seen us set up new offices in New York and Melbourne, as well as relocating within London,’ said Grimshaw.
He added: ‘The Partners wish to acknowledge the tremendous contribution Chris has made to architecture and to our practice, and to express our gratitude for the legacy he leaves at Grimshaw.’