1. Chair Jonathan Rose, BArch (Hons), DipArch, RIBA, Principal, Design and Planning at AECOM.com
Jonathan is an architect and Principal at AECOM Design & Planning in London and a Masterplanning Practice Leader. Current major urban development masterplans include at Old Oak Common in London for the OPDC, North West & West Cambridge for the University of Cambridge and the competition winning masterplan for Milan Expo Regeneration for Lendlease. His contribution to the practice’s long standing masterplan design work in London and UK include context-sensitive work such as at Hackney Wick and Brixton Central and for the Universities of Glasgow and Greenwich.
Jonathan has over 25 years of experience working successfully with both public and private sector clients on complex major projects at urban scale, from inception through design and planning to realisation. Particularly, Jonathan recognises the importance of an inter-disciplinary, often multi-practice approach to the design of major projects, resolving complex economic and technical challenges integrated with the deeply held view that social and environmental drivers are at the root of value creation and sustainable development.
In terms of design in tropical climates, Jonathan has a strong and long-standing connection with Singapore, most recently through the Concept Masterplan for the National University of Singapore and through the masterplan and concept design for the new National Stadium and Sports Hub.
While at Arup in New York, Jonathan was the masterplan architect for the Fulton Center, developed and implemented by Grimshaw and Arup to create a major new interchange improving access as key part of the regeneration efforts in lower Manhattan. He also led design of the Award-winning Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, in which he continues his involvement as a trustee.
The recipient of several notable awards for both architecture and urban development, Jonathan has served as a judge at WAF and ULI advisory panellist and combines practice with teaching in both MArch UD in the Departments of Architecture at UCL and Cambridge University.
2. Brian Eckersley, BEng BA(Arch) CEng MIStructE. Director At Eckersley O’Callaghan Structural Engineers
Brian co-founded engineering design practice Eckersley O’Callaghan in 2004 with James O’Callaghan. He has 30 years’ experience as a structural engineer, with an approach embedded in the collaborative process with architects. Brian’s projects are wide-ranging in scale, typology and materials –from structures in concrete, steel, and timber to highlyinnovative work in glass, plastics and carbon fibre. He has a keen interest in how pragmatic and economical use of engineering and construction methods can make buildings. This has brought value to historic refurbishments, new-build developments and cutting-edge structures.
Eckersley O’Callaghan is an award-winning engineering design practice with a 90 strong team across offices in London, New York, San Francisco, Paris, and Shanghai. Motivated by meeting technical challenges with intelligent engineering design has led to the delivery of diverse architectural projects in the US and beyond. A long-standing relationship with Apple has produced landmark retails stores across the world, including those in San Francisco, New York, Boston and the new headquarters building in California.
3. Jamie Fobert RIBA, BA(Arch), Director of Jamie Fobert Architects
Jameie Fobert is a Londno-based architect and designer.
Born in Canada, Jamie studied at the University of Toronto before beginning work for David Chipperfield Architects in London. He established Jamie Fobert Architects in 1996.
Working with diverse clients—from individual homeowners to cultural organisations such as Tate, Frieze and the Museum of Contemporary Culture, Moscow, and high-quality retailers such as Selfridges, Givenchy and the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Venice—Jamie Fobert Architects has demonstrated a consistent approach to resolving client ambitions and site complexities into a tactile architecture of volume, material and light.
Winner of the BD Individual House of the Year Award 2016 and four times shortlisted for the RIBA House of the Year Award (winner 2003; shortlist 2007, 2014 and 2015), Jamie Fobert Architects has won three major public commissions for cultural organisations: the new Tate St Ives, which opened in October 2017, and additions to Kettle’s Yard Gallery, opening in February 2018 and Charleston House, which is due for completion later this year. Other current projects include private houses in London and Dublin.
4. Sanya Polescuk, DipEngArch (Zagreb), RIBA, Director at Sanya Polescuk Architects
Sanya is the principal of an award-wining RIBA Chartered Practice, well known for breathing new life into old buildings while minimising their carbon footprint. She has made the practice particularly skilled in carefully reconfiguring historic environments in a modern idiomwhilstapplying sustainable technologies and has given talks on the issue at University of Arts London and at RIBA. Sanya graduated from University of Zagreb, Croatia and went on to work with some of the top European architecture firms such as Herman Hertzberger in Amsterdam and Hopkins Architects, Ian Ritchie Architects and Will Alsop in London before setting up in practicenearly two decades ago.
Sanya Polescuk Architects received architecture awards from AJ Retrofit Award, NLA:Don’t Move Improve to Camden Design Award. The work has been featured in RIBA Journal, AJ, Architecture Today, but also Sunday Times and Independent as well as a number of internally published architecture books.
In addition to running a practice, Sanya mentors students from London University of Arts. She also chairs the first North London’s Community Land Trust and sits on the Jury for the annual AJ Retrofit Awards.