Elsie Owusu has instructed her lawyers over her recent departure from Feilden + Mawson
Owusu, who had been a partner at the AJ120 practice for nearly 10 years before her exit, is seeking ‘substantial damages’ from the limited liability partnership over what she alleges was her ‘unfair and discriminatory dismissal’.
Last week Kensington-based solicitors Hansen Palomares wrote a letter before action to Feilden + Mawson, warning its partners that she was intending to issue proceedings in the Employment Tribunal to seek compensation.
According to the letter, which has been seen by the AJ, Owusu believes she was overlooked for a role as equity partner even though it had been conditionally promised in her heads of terms in January 2006.
When approached, Owusu declined to comment.
Robert Todd, managing partner at Feilden + Mawson, said: ‘I can confirm that Elsie is no longer a partner with Feilden + Mawson, but is continuing with her own practice, Elsie Owusu Architects Limited, which she always ran alongside her work with Feilden + Mawson. We wish her well.
‘We do not wish to comment any further.’
Owusu, who was awarded an OBE for services to architecture in 2003, is continuing to work on her own projects in the UK and Ghana.
The architect has also set up a new venture, ArchQuestra, which is described as ‘combining the best British architecture, art and engineering to deliver projects in emerging economies’ and is already working on a new Medical Centre of Excellence in Albania.