The co-founders of Nicholas Hare Architects have announced their retirement after 40 years at the practice helm
Nicholas Hare, 75, architect and founder of the London-based firm whose clients include the London Film School, Royal Opera House, and the University of Cambridge, said they had been planning the move since September.
His wife Sophie Hare, a former partner in the practice, will also retire.
Nicholas Hare said: ‘We have been very fortunate in the clients, consultants and builders that we have worked with over the years and I think we can take some pride in what we have achieved together.
‘I’ve very much enjoyed working in a partnership. The nice thing about our job is making buildings you hope people are pleased with, but it is also about working with all sorts of different people making different projects. What we will miss is the people.’
Hare added that he was looking forward to a ‘sense of freedom’ and that retirement would give him time to develop ideas he has been generating for large-scale public sculptures.
The practice became a limited liability partnership (LLP) in 2004 with the aim of making succession more straightforward.
It will now be managed by the remaining partners: Paul Baxter, Carol Lelliott, Jayne Bird, James Eades, John Leonard and Philip Dring.
The practice was recently selected to design a new business school for Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and was also one of the winners in the Old Street Roundabout competition.