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Grimshaw appoints first female managing partner

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Architect Kirsten Lees has been appointed as the first female managing partner at Grimshaw’s London office

Having been unanimously elected by the office’s partners, she replaces Mark Middleton, who is stepping down after six years in the role.

Lees, who was shortlisted for an AJ Women in Architecture award in 2014, has design experience in a number of areas, including arts, sports, masterplanning and energy.

She is also a member of the Equilibrium Network‘s steering group, working to support senior women working in the built environment sector.

A statement from the practice said: ‘Kirsten’s focus for her tenure will include championing design quality, diversity of sectors and staff, and culture, to ensure the studio truly reflects the organisation now and in the future.’

Notable projects Lees has worked on include Caixa Galicia Art Foundation, La Coruña, Spain, University of Bangor Arts and Innovation Centre, Wimbledon Master Plan and No1 Court, the Hammersmith town centre masterplan and Bath Rugby Stadium.

Under Middleton’s tenure the company grew its head count by 46 per cent, net revenue by 78 per cent and profit by 61 per cent.

The managing partner term lasts for three years, with holders of the post allowed to serve a maximum of two terms.

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  • Many congratulations to Kirsten. A well deserved recognition of her contribution to Grimshaw over the years and to the undoubted leadership skills that she will bring to the practice going forward

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  • Fantastic news Kirsten! Such a good choice. A real role model for the profession.

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