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FCBS partner Jo Wright jumps ship for Arup Associates

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A key partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), Jo Wright, has left the company after 27 years to take over the helm at Arup Associates

Wright, who was managing partner of the Bath office for seven years and featured in the AJ’s first Women in Architecture issue in 2012, is set to become practice leader at Arup Associates in April.

Nigel Tonks, leader of buildings, London for Arup, said he was ‘delighted’ by the appointment. He said: ‘With her exceptional experience and tremendous passion for design and total architecture, I am confident Jo will support the growth of the business and ensure that Arup Associates continues to deliver award winning work for our clients.’

Wright, who had been a Partner with FCBS since 1995, admitted she was ‘thrilled’ to be joining the practice and was ‘looking forward to building on Arup’s rich architectural heritage and my own experience of innovative sustainability’.

Earlier today it was announced that four post-war offices designed by Arup Asscoiates had been listed (see Fourteen post-war offices listed).

Peter Clegg, senior partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, said: ‘Jo was one of the longest serving members of the practice.

‘She had been with the practice since 1987 and was responsible for many of our most significant award winning buildings. We are very sorry to see her go and wish her well in the very prestigious and interesting new job she has moved to.’

It is understood Arup Associates’ current director Declan O’Carroll will remain among the practice’s leadership but will become a business leader for the UK, Middle East and Africa.

Q&A with Jo Wright [January 2012]

First project The Lantern Centre, Ringwood

Design Ethos Contextual, sustainable, integrated, socially responsible

Biggest misconception That we’re less capable than men in dealing with big projects

Advice to aspiring female architects It’s a great career if you’re committed, focused and energetic

Why women leave They are tired of juggling children and practice and feel they cannot give 100 per cent in both roles

On sexism We’ll only be beyond it when attendees at the BCO dinner are 50 per cent women (I’d guess it’s currently 15 per cent)

Place of study University of Bath

Your projects The Hive, Worcester, the Leventis Gallery, Cyprus

Your clients National Trust, Woodland Trust, Grosvenor Estate, ING, Swire Property, Galliford Try, Kier, various universities

FCBS' The Hive library in Worcester

FCBS’ The Hive library in Worcester

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