LDA Design hires three studio heads to push forward growth

LDA Design has chosen three people to lead its new studios in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester during its 40th year in business.

Mark Graham has secured a project with Liverpool City Council. Image: LDA Design
Mark Graham has secured a project with Liverpool City Council. Image: LDA Design

Clare Wilks will run Bristol, Alexander Giarlis is in charge in Cambridge and Mark Graham will lead the Manchester office.

Graham joins from global design firm, IBI and has already secured a commission to masterplan The Baltic Triangle in Liverpool for client Liverpool City Council. Town centre regeneration is among his specialties as an urban designer and masterplanner and he has worked on schemes and frameworks in Rochdale, Gorton in Manchester and Dartford, and has advised on the NHS Healthy New Towns initiative. Graham is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Dundee.

Wilks is an experienced urban designer and masterplanner, with a background of working with communities in neighbourhood planning and also, as an artist working in sculpture. She joins LDA Design from Barton Wilmore and her projects include the East Midlands Hub Growth Zone at the proposed HS2 station in Nottingham and the regeneration of the Cadbury Factory in Keynsham in Somerset.

Giarlis was a senior architect with international practice, OMA in Rotterdam and Hong Kong before joining LDA Design. He focuses on people and the collective use of space and specialises in design that helps tackle the urgent challenges facing towns and cities. Key projects include Stockholm’s Norra Tornen high-rise development, the 10km² HIA Airport City in Doha and Waterfront City in Dubai. He has taught at the TU Delft and the University of Hong Kong, and is a visiting critic at various schools of architecture including the AA and the University of Cambridge.

LDA Design Managing Director, Colin Goodrum, said: "2019 is a big year for LDA Design as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. We have an ambitious strategy for growth in place and our new offices in Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester are key to this strategy. Clare, Alex and Mark will help our new offices to take root quickly and to flourish.

"Working with Liverpool City Council and the people of Liverpool on such an exciting project is the best start to the year we could have hoped for."

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