Spence is a humorous and highly creative designer who always provides effective solutions from different approaches, and a valuable partner able to turn the client’s vision into reality
Lu Junsi, Chairman, Gree Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Spence has worked with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners since 1987, working on a large number of projects at all stages both in the UK and internationally, and contributing to many more.
Currently he is leading the design team on a residential development in Qiantan in Pudong, Shanghai made up of three 12-storey towers and two 8-storey blocks, set in communal landscaped gardens and enhanced by neighbouring parkland and distant views. At a smaller scale he is also involved with the River Cafe’s second site in Mayfair, where the project builds on a relationship established with the redesign of the original cafe in 1999.
Spence was lead designer on Broadwick House and Thames Valley University before setting up Spence Associates in 1998. This small practice was successful in winning a number of competitions and building the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-On-Tees. Since returning to RSHP he has taken a leading design role on Scandicci New Civic Centre, the redevelopment of the centre of a commuter town near Florence and a mixed use development of 850,000m² for Chongqing in southwestern China.
Spence’s problem solving approach and quick witted design skills have also been put to use in his role as a design advisor for a number of architectural design panels, including as a RIBA competitions advisor and the CABE National Design Review Panel.