This week’s career moves includes appointments at Mecanoo’s new London base and at Gensler
Elad Eisenstein has joined Dutch practice Mecanoo as Urban Design Director and will spearhead the firm’s first London office. He was previously at Arup, where he was a director leading urban design and masterplanning for UKMEA (UK, the Middle East and Africa).
He said: ’I’m excited to bring over 15 years of international experience on large scale, complex urban projects to Mecanoo. There are great challenges and opportunities in urbanism. With Mecanoo’s multi-disciplinary approach, philosophy, expertise, and interests, we can make significant contributions to this.’
Global architecture, design and planning practice Gensler has promoted Jane Clay and Richard Harrison to principals within its London office.
Clay’s promotion follows a 25-year long career working with a range of clients from the public sector, banking and education to media, advertising, publishing and technology. Through her consulting work, Jane regularly advises clients, developers, architects and designers on best practice workplace design.
Richard Harrison’s promotion marks a 16-year career with Gensler. He leads an inter-disciplinary team that delivers mixed-use developments, commercial offices, life sciences and tall buildings. His portfolio includes high profile projects across the UK and Europe such as the Highgate Shoreditch Hotel. This scheme is planned for the site currently occupied by Majestic Wine and Chariots Sauna on Shoreditch Highstreet / Fairchild Street, on the Eastern edge of the City of London.
Multi-disciplinary practice Hunters has announced that Edward Keelaghan has become its chairman. Susan Pasint-Magyar and Neil McCabe meanwhile have been promoted to managing directors, with responsibility for architecture and for building consultancy and employer’s agent respectively.
Based in Hammersmith in London, Hunters works with a range of clients including housing associations, local authorities, healthcare trusts, contractors and private developers.
Manchester-based Interior architecture and FFE (Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment) consultancy SpaceZero has appointed Marc Davies as its new director for education spaces. Davies has over 30 years’ experience in the education sector. His most recent positions include technical advisory roles with the Education Funding Agency and a co-opted member of the British Standard Institute (BSI) Committee on Education Furniture.
Paul Cunniff was also recently announced as SpaceZero’s new finance director, Simon Westwell as management accountant, and ex-headteacher Mick Quigley as its Asia Pacific consultant – all part of the firm’s growth and development plans, which include expanding in the Middle East.
Winchester architectural practice Witcher Crawford has appointed architect Annabel Hastie. She joins Witcher Crawford after ten years with Studio Four Architects in Romsey.
Hastie said: ’Most of my experience has been in commercial and public sector projects … Witcher Crawford offers a host of new opportunities.’
Witcher Crawford is an RIBA Chartered Practice founded in 2004 by Richard Witcher and Geoff Crawford. The practice works primarily in the high end residential field nationally and internationally - especially in the Channel Islands and the Carribean - from St Thomas’ Street, Winchester.