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Careers: on the move

Tamsie Thomson
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This week’s career moves includes an appointment for London Festival of Architecture, two new recruits to Saunders Partnership Architects, and a practice on the move too

London Festival of Architecture

Tamsie Thomson has been appointed to the newly created role of director of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA).

Thomson was previously director of RIBA London, a role she had held since 2009, and oversaw a number of cultural projects and programmes supporting architecture. She has also taught architecture at the University of Brighton and worked for both the Civic Trust and Shelter.

The festival will return to London in June 2016, focusing on the theme ‘Community.’ There will be a programme of exhibitions and events organised and hosted by London’s leading architectural, cultural and academic institutions, along with architects, designers, curators and community groups.

LFA chair Patricia Brown said, ‘I am delighted that London Festival of Architecture is to have its own permanent director. This role reflects the increasingly important part the festival plays in the life of our city and its architectural community. Tamsie shares my ambition for the festival and what it can achieve. We could not have a better, more experienced champion for London’s architectural talent.’

Saunders Partnership Architects

Saunders Partnership Architects

Saunders Partnership Architects

Kyle Watts and Divesh Haurheeram

Kyle Watts and Divesh Haurheeram have joined Saunders Partnership Architects’ London office as project and graduate architects respectively.

Watts has worked at Essex County Council and for practices including Pick Everard and Robert Hutson Architects. During his career, he has worked on listed buildings, educational schemes, and for both public-sector and high-end residential clients.

Haurheeram has recently completed his master’s in architecture at Lincoln university. He has experience working on large-scale residential projects for Arkon Associates and Archers Architects.

Nigel Marcoolyn, senior associate director and head of Saunders Partnership Architects’ London office said: ‘Both Kyle and Divesh bring with them solid skills and experience that will enhance our design team and allow us to continue to provide the high-quality service that we offer to our new and existing client base.’

Practice on the move…

AHR's Shrewsbury office in Victoria House

AHR’s Shrewsbury office in Victoria House

After 60 years in operation, AHR’s Shrewsbury team has moved office to the first floor of Victoria House on the town’s Victoria Quay.

The new office is housed in a Grade II-listed building, originally built in 1806 as an armoury. It was turned into a bakery after the First World War, and was refurbished in 1995.

Bryan Hamilton, a director of AHR who heads the Shrewsbury office, helped design the space.

AHR's Shrewsbury office

AHR’s Shrewsbury office


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