James Burland, design director of multi-disciplinary Arup Associates, is to leave the practice he has run for more than five years on 1 January 2000. He will remain as a consultant to the practice, involved in specific projects, particularly the City of Manchester Stadium. The remaining seven directors are discussing a new structure for the practice.
Burland told the AJ, 'The practice has grown to 120 and will continue to grow. I don't want to drift into being a manager.' He says he will 'take a bit of office space' and 'look at a different way of practising architecture. I still want to pursue a multi-professional approach to design.'
When Burland took the helm at a then-struggling Arup Associates, he imposed a new structure. Now, he says: 'I am very keen that the project leadership should get together and form their own structure that suits them.' Burland, who has always played down his role as the head of the practice, says: 'It has to be a co-operative, rather than a one-man band.'