Grimshaw

London | Since 1980 | Employees 160

Grimshaw Architects
57 Clerkenwell Road, EC1M 5NG London, United Kingdom
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Grimshaw
Nicholas Grimshaw, Architect CBE PRA RIBA AIA

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw graduated with honours from the Architectural Association in 1965. He immediately started his own practice and won many architectural awards for his buildings in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These buildings were noted for their innovative approach to construction and detailing.

In 1980 Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners Ltd was formed continuing this tradition, winning much acclaim and more than 80 Awards for Architecture and Civic Design.

The Practice is best known in the UK for the International Railway Terminal for Eurostar trains at Waterloo and the Eden Project in Cornwall. Other significant projects are the Sainsbury Urban Quarter in Camden, London; the Financial Times building in London Docklands; the Regional Headquarters for the RAC at Bristol; the Headquarters and printing press for the Western Morning News; the Headquarters for Lloyds TSB Bank in Gresham Street and the re-development of Paddington Station, London.

The Practice is already well known in Europe having completed six projects in Germany – the Ludwig Erhard House including the Berlin Stock Exchange, Headquarters buildings for IGUS plastics, VITRA furniture, MABEG sign systems, Pfeiffer Vacuum Systems and the recently finished Frankfurt Exhibition Hall. Elsewhere in Europe the practice has completed the Ijburg Bridge in Amsterdam, the British Pavilion at Expo ’92 at Seville in Spain, the new Airside Terminal for Zurich Airport and, recently, an Art Centre in Coruna, Spain, for the Caixa Galicia Foundation.

Internationally the Practice is now recognised as GRIMSHAW and has already completed the Plant Science Center in St Louis, United States, and Southern Cross Railway Station in Melbourne, Australia, for which the Practice recently won the Lubetkin Prize. Current projects worldwide include the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Centre for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York State, The Fulton Street Transit Center close to ground zero in New York, the Museo del Acero in Mexico and the Miami Science Museum.

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has lectured in 21 countries worldwide. Lectures in recent years include ‘Structure, Space and Skin’ in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the Louis Kahn Memorial Lecture at Penn University, Philadelphia and a lecture entitled ‘Going Green – Architecture, the Environment and Eden’ at the National Building Museum in Washington DC. He is a registered architect in England, France, Germany and Spain. Following examination in 2002 he was also registered to practice architecture in the State of New York.

Sir Nicholas Grimshaw was elected a Royal Academician in 1994 and in the same year he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the AIA. He was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2002 and in December 2004 was elected President of the Royal Academy of Arts. He continues to actively lead his practice as Chairman of the Board.

The work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners is the subject of a series of books published by Phaidon in London: - ‘Architecture, Industry and Innovation’ deals with the years 1965 – 1988, ‘Structure Space and Skin’ covers 1988 – 1993 and ‘Equilibrium’ deals with the work of the Practice from 1993 – 2000.


Education, Scholarships and Memberships
1959 - 1962 Edinburgh College of Art School of Architecture
1962 - 1965 Architectural Association School of Architecture
1962 Scholarship awarded by the Architect’s Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK) for study at the Architectural Association
1963 Travel Scholarship from the Architectural Association to Sweden
1964 British Universities Travel Scholarship to the USA
1965 Diploma with Honours from the Architectural Association
1965 Bronze Medal awarded by the Societe d’Architectes Diplome par le Gouvernement (SADG) France for the Best Student Thesis at the Architectural Association
1965 Registered Architect of the Architects Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK)
1966 Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects
1988 Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers (formerly the Society of Industrial Designers and Artists)
1991 Certificate of the Ministry of Education and Science giving permission to practice architecture in Spain
1993 Hon. Doctorate of letters at the University of the South Bank, London
1993 Created Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen
1994 Elected Vice President of the Architectural Association
1994 Elected Royal Academician
1994 Hon. Fellow American Institute of Architects
1994 Elected Member of the Ordre des Architectes, Paris
1995 Elected Honorary Member Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA)
1995 AJ Centenary Medal for Contribution to Architecture
1999 Elected President of the Architectural Association
2002 University of the State of New York License to practice Architecture.
2002 Elected Honorary Fellow of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland
2002 Created Knight Bachelor by Her Majesty the Queen for Services to Architecture
2003 Prince Philip Designers Prize – Special commendation for outstanding achievement in design for business and society
2004 Elected President of the Royal Academy of Arts


Teaching
1972-73 Lecturer in Architecture, Bartlett School, University of London
1978-79 Visiting Lecturer in Architecture, Cambridge University
1996 Visiting Professor, University of the Southbank, London

Publications
1980 'Energetic Architecture', RIBA JOURNAL, Issue , October
1984 ‘The Future of Industrial Building’, Royal Society of Arts
1986 ‘Reinventing the Factory’, Royal Society of Arts, London
1986 'Durability', National Structural Steel Conference, London
1988 ‘Product + Process’, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners, London
1993 ‘The Private Client and his Architect’, Royal Society of Arts
1993 ‘Structure Space and Skin: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
1988-1993 ’Phaidon Press
1996 ‘Architecture Industry and Innovation: The Early Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
1965-1988’, Phaidon Press
1998 ‘Fusion: An Exhibition of Industrial Design’, Art Books International
2000 ‘Equilibrium: The Work of Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners
1993 - 2000 ’Phaidon Press
2003 ‘The Architecture of Eden’ Publ. By Eden Project Books/Transworld

Principal Projects
1967 Service Tower, Student Hostel, London*
1968 Apartments, 125 Park Road, London*
1972 Citroën Warehouse, Runnymede*
1975 Headquarters for Editions Van de Velde, Tours, France*
1976 Factory for Herman Miller, Bath*
1978 Advanced Factory Units, Winwick Quay*
1980 Headquarters for BMW, Bracknell*
1980 Factory Units, Queen’s Drive, Nottingham*
1980 Sports Hall for IBM, Winchester
1981 Furniture Factory for Vitra, Weil-am-Rhein, Germany
1982 Wiltshire Radio Station, Wootton Bassett
1982 Herman Miller Distribution Centre, Chippenham
1984 Ice Rink, Oxford
1985 Headquarters for Ladkarn, London Docklands
1988 Research Centre for Rank Xerox, Welwyn Garden City
1986 - 88 Leisure Centre, Stockbridge
1986 - 88 Superstore for Sainsbury’s, London
1986 - 88 Houses at Grand Union Walk, London
1986 - Hartspring Business Park Project, Watford
1987 Homebase Store, Brentford,
1987 - 88 Financial Times Printing Works, London Docklands
1988 North Woolwich Pumping Station, London
1989 Shopping and Leisure Project, Port East, London Docklands
1989 Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Competition Project
1990 Operations Centre for British Rail at Waterloo, London
1991 Venice Biennale, International Airport Project
1991 - 1995 Berlin Stock Exchange and Communications Centre
1992 Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners’ Offices, London
1992 British Pavilion, Expo 92, Seville
1992 IGUS Headquarters and Factory, Cologne
1992 Western Morning News, Plymouth
1993 Satellite and Piers, Heathrow Airport, London
1993 Combined Operations Centre for British Airways, Heathrow, London
1993 Channel Tunnel Railway Terminal at Waterloo, London
1992 - 1994 RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol
1991 - 1998 Ludwig Erhard Haus, Berlin
1996 - 2006 Caixa Galicia Foundation Building, La Coruña, Spain
1997 - 2006 Bath Spa, Bath
1995 - 1998 Lord’s Grand Stand, London
1997 - 2000 Ijburg Bridges, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1995 - 1998 Orange Call Centre, Darlington
1996 - 2001 The Eden Project, Cornwall
1996 - 1999 Mabeg Office Building, Soest, Germany
1996 - 2003 Zürich Airport, Zürich, Switzerland
1997 - 1999 Paddington Station, London
1996 Victoria and Albert Museum Extension, London,
1996 - 2000 Spine House, Oberkülheim, Germany
1997 - 2001 Gresham Street Office Building, London
1997 - 1999 European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford
1998 - 2007 Bijlmer Station, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1996 - 2001 National Space Science Centre, Leicester
1999 - 2001 Frankfurt Messehalle, Germany
1997 - 2001 Millennium Point Visitor and Education Centre, Birmingham
1998 - 2001 Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St Louis, USA
1999 - 2002 Advanced Technology Institute, University of Surrey
2000 - 2007 nstitute of Cancer Studies, University of London
2001 - Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer, Polytechnic Institute, New York
2002 - Fulton Street Transit Center, New York
2002 - 2006 Southern Cross Station, Melbourne, Australia
2004 - Cutty Sark Conservation project
2004 - Stansted Airport expansion
2005 - Queens Museum of Art, New York
2005 - New Academic Building, London School of Economics
2005 - University of the Southbank, Keyworth II Building
2005 - 2007 Museo del Acero, Monterrey, Mexico
2005 - National Institute for Research into Aquatic Habitats
2006 - Earthpark, Des Moines, Iowa
2006 - ExCeL Phase 2 Development, London
2006 - Garibaldi Republica, Fashion and Events building, Milan
2006 - St Botolphs, City of London
2006 - Tate Collections Centre, London
2006 - New York Housing project
2007 - Miami Science Museum
2007 - New York University strategic planning inititaive
2007 - Nyetimber Vineyard, Sussex
2007 - Pulkovo Airport, St Petersburg
2008 - The Edge, Eden Project, Cornwall

Philosophy

The practice was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980.

Grimshaw excels at the design and construction of significant buildings that are finely crafted to suit their purpose and help enrich their local communities. Over 25 years, the practice has established a reputation worldwide for rational building design and a profound understanding of the use of materials. Early industrial projects in the UK set a precedent for the criteria that would inform the practice's design approach: structure, space and skin.

The practice now operates worldwide, with offices in London, New York and Melbourne employing 160 staff. Our international portfolio covers various sectors, with substantial experience in transport projects, offices and educational facilities, the industrial sector, large-scale arts and leisure schemes and masterplanning.

Grimshaw's dedication to high quality design is paramount, whether working on low budget structures or high cost buildings with complex technical specification. The practice is committed to understanding clients' needs and working within realistic budgets and timetables. Grimshaw buildings are constructed with the greatest attention to detail and the practice remains dedicated to the aftercare of its buildings, so that they continue to satisfy clients in the years to come.

The practice believes in its responsibility for its work to contribute to worldwide environmental improvement and sustainability. In 2000, Grimshaw became the first major architectural practice to meet the ISO14001 environmental management system standard and continues to use its own environmental audit system, EVA, which empowers its staff to improve the performance of Grimshaw buildings.

The latest CAD technology is used in all our offices to design and disseminate information. The practice has highly developed business management procedures, with certification to ISO 9001 for the past five years.

Awards

Grimshaw has won over 100 design awards internationally. Here are just a selection:

2009
Camden Building Quality Award - Large Commercial Category
LSE: New Academic Building

RIBA Award
UCL Cancer Institute: Paul O'Gorman Building

American Society of Landscape Architects Honour Award
Museo Del Acero

AIA Honor Award
Horno 3 : Museo Del Acero

2008
Brunel Award
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

Architectural Practice of the Year
Building Awards

Royal Institute of Dutch Architects Building of the Year
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

RIBA European Award
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

Footbridge Awards - Long Span Aesthetics Category Finalist
Newport City Footbridge

World Architect of the Year
Building Design Architect of the Year Awards

Transport Architect of the Year
Building Design Architect of the Year Awards

Stirling Prize Runner Up
Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station

2007
Institute of Civil Engineers - George Gibby Award
Newport City Footbridge

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award: Commendation (Sustainability)
Eco-Rainforest

RICS Regeneration Award
Newport City Footbridge

RIBA International Award
Southern Cross Station

Australian Construction Achievement Award
Southern Cross Station

Lubetkin Prize
Southern Cross Station

Structural Steel Design Award
Newport City Footbridge

Civic Trust Award
Thermae Bath Spa

RAIA Victorian Architecture Medal
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Victorian Chapter William Wardell Award for New Public Architecture
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Victorian Chapter Commendation for Urban Design
Southern Cross Station

Victorian Industry Capability Award
Southern Cross Station

RAIA Walter Burley Griffin Award for Urban Design
Southern Cross Station

2006
RIBA International Award
Zurich Airport

Architectural Steel Design Award, Australian Steel Insitute
Southern Cross Station

LABC National Built In Quality Awards
The Core, Eden Project, UK

RIBA European Award
Caixa Galicia Art Foundation

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award
Fulton Street Transit Center, New York, USA

2005
British Construction Industry Awards: Finalist
Zürich Airport: Airside Centre

MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Award
Dubai Tower, competition scheme

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
Zürich Airport , Switzerland

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

2004
Royal Fine Art Commission Building of the Year
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

RIBA Award
Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant and Headquarters, West Sussex, UK

2003
Structural Steel Design Award
Millennium Point, Birmingham, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
25 Gresham Street, London, UK

RIBA Award
National Space Centre, Leicester, UK

Business Commitment to the Environment Award
Eden Project: Foundation Building and Grimshaw's environmental audit tool

Prince Philip Designer's Prize: Special Commendation
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

2002
Natural Stone Award
25 Gresham Street, London, UK

RIBA Award
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

MSH-Preis für Architektur
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

Structural Steel Design Award
National Space Centre, Leicester, UK

Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaues
Frankfurt Trade Fair Hall, Germany

World Architecture Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

2001
AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

BIAT Award for Technical Excellence
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

British Construction Industry Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

RIBA Award
The Eden Project, Cornwall, UK

Stirling Prize Runner Up
The Eden Project

2000
Structural Steel Design Award
Paddington Station Phase 1, London, UK

Concrete Society Award
European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey, UK

1999
Structural Steel Design Award
Orange Operational Facilities

RIBA Award
MABEG Office Box, Germany

Concrete Society Award
Lord's Grand Stand, London, UK

RIBA Award
Orange Operational Facilities, Darlington, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Ludwig Erhard Haus, Germany

1996
International Brunel Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

British Council for Offices Award
BA Combined Operations Centre, London, UK

Civic Trust Award
BA Combined Operations Centre, London, UK

Civic Trust Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1995
Concrete Society Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

RIBA Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

AIA London/UK Excellence in Design Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

British Construction Industry Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Financial Times Industrial Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

AJ Centenary Medal for Contribution to Architecture
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

AIA London/UK Design Excellence Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1994
Structural Steel Design Award
RAC Regional Headquarters, Bristol, UK

Mies van der Rohe Pavilion Award for European Architecture
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Royal Fine Art Commission Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

RIBA Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

RIBA Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
International Terminal Waterloo, London, UK

1993
British Construction Industry Award
Igus Factory (Phase 1), Germany

Royal Fine Art Commission Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
British Pavilion Expo '92, Seville, Spain

Structural Steel Design Award
Western Morning News Headquarters, Plymouth, UK

1992
British Construction Industry Award
British Pavilion Expo '92, Seville, Spain

1991
RIBA Award
Stockbridge Leisure Pool, UK

1990
Constructa Preis
Financial Times Printing Works, London, UK

RIBA Award
Rank Xerox Research and Development Facility, UK

1989
RIBA Award
Financial Times Print Works, London, UK

Structural Steel Design Award
Homebase Store, Brentford, UK

British Construction Industry Award
Financial Times Print Works,, London, UK

1986
RIBA Award
Herman Miller Distribution Centre, Chippeham, UK

1983
RIBA Award
Castle Park Factory Units

1980
RIBA Award
BMW GB Headquarters

RIBA Award
Advanced Factory Units

1978
RIBA Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath, UK

1977
Structural Steel Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath, UK

Financial Times Industrial Architecture Award
Herman Miller Assembly Plant, Bath

1969
Structural Steel Design Award
Student Service Tower, London, UK