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Ex-Fosters partner joins Useful Simple Trust

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Designer and strategic planner Alistair Lenczner has joined consultancy Useful Simple Trust after leaving Foster + Partners earlier this year.

Lenczner worked on projects including the new Wembley Stadium and the Millau Viaduct in France during his 16 years at Fosters.

From this week, he becomes Useful Simple Trust’s director for both its Useful Simple Projects and Expedition Engineering divisions.

Useful Simple Trust chair Chris Wise said Lenczner had a ‘rare, proven, design talent’ that would be a boon to the organisiation – which is an employee benefit trust.

‘I’m expecting him to challenge us a lot,’ he said.

‘We know him as a man of great insight, which will help the trust raise its design game in engineering and also its emerging strategic capability in infrastructure and planning.

‘I’m really excited at the creative possibilities of planting Alistair in our fertile cross-disciplinary practice.’

Lenczner will work on a range of projects at Useful Simple Trust, ranging from innovative engineering structures to forward-thinking urban and infrastructure planning.

In addition to Wembley and the Millau Viaduct, Lenczner also worked on the development of the Slussen Masterplan in central Stockholm and proposals for the Inner Thames Estuary Airport during his time at Fosters.

His Arup projects included the Louvre Museum expansion and the new Padre Pio Church in Italy.

Previous story (AJ 03.06.14)

Fosters partner steps down

A designer and strategic planner who worked on projects including the new Wembley Stadium and the Millau Viaduct in France is stepping down after 16 years with Foster + Partners

Partner Alistair Lenczner originally joined the AJ100-topping practice as its first engineer/designer in 1998.

During his career he played an instrumental role in providing cross-discipline design input on a number of major projects including the Slussen Masterplan in Stockholm, the Haramain High Speed railway stations in Saudi Arabia and the Thames Hub proposal.

He was made a partner in 2007 and has most recently been involved in competitions for the Sheikh Zayed National Stadium in Abu Dhabi and Casablanca Stadium in Morocco.

‘With Alistair now pursuing fresh challenges, we wish him all the very best for the future and thank him for his contribution to the practice over the years,’ the company said in a statement. 

Back in January, Mouzhan Majidi, chief executive at Foster + Partners, left the practice after 27 years following a management reshuffle.

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