Julian Gitsham joins HASSELL
Julian Gitsham has played a key role in the design and delivery of noted buildings and projects in the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. Now he is joining HASSELL as a Principal and will be based in our London studio.
As Managing Director Rob Backhouse put it, we invited Julian to become part of the HASSELL leadership team "because he has a great body of work that demonstrates design leadership and diverse design thinking across a wide range of typologies and markets."
Here are some of the projects Julian has been involved in over a 25 year career as an architect and urban designer: the Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design in London, Broadcasting Place at Leeds Metropolitan University, Beaufort Court affordable housing in London, a masterplan for the regeneration of Salford city centre, the National Cold War building at the RAF Museum in Shropshire and Portcullis House Parliamentary Building, Westminster, London. International project experience includes the National Library of Israel, cultural waterfront projects in Abu Dhabi, and a masterplan and residential development in Cairo, Egypt.
Julian Gitsham comes to HASSELL from the UK based practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios where he has been Managing Partner and a Board member since 2007, and a partner since 2001. He spearheaded the growth of the practice's London studio.
"I was attracted to HASSELL by the depth of its design talent," Julian said. "The practice is focused on continually improving the quality of its design and the value it delivers to clients. It is an inclusive, collaborative culture with strengths across international markets and a wide range of sectors."
Julian is optimistic about the UK market as it emerges from difficult economic times. "There are significant opportunities for HASSELL to grow there through new ideas, creativity and a laser-like focus on clients and what they are trying to achieve," he said.
Julian's appointment strengthens the practice's leadership team in the UK. He will work closely with Principals Colin Hockley, Kieran Morgan and Mark Kelly. Colin and Kieran have been with HASSELL for three years. Mark Kelly recently moved to London from HASSELL in Melbourne. He has previously led a practice in the UK.
Colin Hockley, Principal at HASSELL, joined Rob Backhouse in welcoming Julian to HASSELL. "Julian is a proven leader, unlocking real value for clients through design and creativity," Colin said. "One of his great strengths is in the relationships he builds with clients."
Julian Gitsham officially joins HASSELL on Monday 14 April.
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