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Careers: On the move

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Who’s on the move at PRP, Henley Halebrown Rorrison, Jonathan Tuckey Design, HTA Design and tp bennett


PRP has promoted senior architects Manisha Patel and Jenny Buterchi to the board as partners. The appointments mean that women now make up half the board at the 230-strong practice.

Anne-Marie Nicholson, one of PRP’s three senior partners said: ’Manisha and Jenny are being recognised for the exceptional work they have done and continue to do for the firm.

’Half our workforce and now half of our board are women, which is testament to our way of working over many years. In a deliberate attempt to buck the industry trend, we have aimed to promote greater diversity, nurture our brightest talent and offer flexibility to work in a way that suits individual commitments.’

The board appointments follow PRP’s relaunch in 2015 which saw the introduction of a new brand, vision, and structure. The practice broke from its tradition of operating with a chairman and managing director, and now has three senior partners.

Manisha is currently leading some high-profile projects including Chobham Manor, the first of the post-Olympic sites on the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park. She is responsible for the masterplan on Portobello Square which won the Mayor’s Prize at the 2015 Housing Design Awards.

Jenny Buterchi is an expert within PRP’s specialist housing group with some 20 years’ experience in the sector. She regularly contributes at conferences, alongside managing a large portfolio of varied specialist housing projects.

Henley Halebrown Rorrison

After 20 years as a director, Ken Rorrison is retiring from Henley Halebrown Rorrison. The practice name remains unchanged, led by fellow directors Simon Henley and Gavin Hale-Brown.

Ken said: ’I have enjoyed a rewarding 20 years helping to build the practice and am proud of the buildings we have designed and the studio we have nurtured. I will always be an architect but I have decided that for me it is time to explore this subject from another perspective.’

Jonathan Tuckey Design

Jonathan Tuckey Design has appointed three new associates: Ryuta Hirayama, Nic Howett and Peter Youthed. Ryuta will be focusing on recruitment and operational matters, while Nic will be looking to diversify the portfolio of the practice through competitions and new commissions. Peter Youthed will be responsible for the presentation and communication of the work.

HTA Design

HTA Design has appointed Simon Bayliss as Managing partner, taking over from Ben Derbyshire who has moved to chairman. The practice was formed in a management buy-out of HTA Architects led by Ben in 2013.

Ben Derbyshire said: ’I have fallen on my feet with such an able group of partners and Simon Bayliss now as a brilliant managing partner among them. We all know the practice is in safe hands with him and I feel secure in stepping back to act as chairman, a role which will give me the space to pursue related ambitions, particularly my candidacy for the presidency of the RIBA.’

Simon added: ’Ben has been a tremendous guiding light for HTA in transforming both our business culture and performance over recent years, so I am delighted to have been selected by the partners to lead the practice as we continue our development.’

tp bennett

Neil Sterling, formerly of 3DReid, has joined tp bennett as a new senior director. As divisional director of 3DReid he was responsible for concept design, project delivery and developing the practice’s BIM strategy. He joins tp bennett with over 16 years’ experience of front-end design and hands-on delivery of design-led projects.

Neil has led a range of large and high-profile projects including the Basing View, Hyde Park Hayes and East India Dock masterplans, and Laing O’Rourke’s headquarters in Dartford and multiple aviation projects, including the concept design for Male International and King Khalid International airports.

In addition, Neil is a member of the RIBA’s Large Practice Group, he has lectured with the Forum for the Built Environment and BCO and is a guest lecturer on the University of Middlesex BIM Management MSc course. He will continue to represent tp bennett at these forums as part of the practice’s commitment to the future of the profession.

Neil said: ’tp bennett is working on some of the most significant projects in London and this is why it attracts architects who want to explore new ideas and approaches to the delivery of architecture. I am looking forward to working on the development of new opportunities as part of the team here.’

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