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Ivan Harbour

Ivan has been key in developing the design language of the practice over the past 25 years, with projects as diverse as Maggie’s London, Oxley Woods housing and Madrid Barajas Airport.

Ivan began his career on Lloyd’s of London and subsequently led the design of the European Court of Human Rights and Bordeaux Law Courts. He was made a director in 1993, a senior director in 1998 and a senior partner in 2011. In 2007 the name of the practice was changed from Richard Rogers Partnership in recognition of Ivan and Graham Stirk’s contribution. Together with Richard, they are evolving the design-led practice for the future.

Ivan has considerable experience of directing complex projects both large and small and of many different types. Each is a unique response born out of a pursuit of the best and a thorough questioning of design proposals based on a language of: context, public realm, legibility, flexibility, sustainability and teamwork.

Two of Ivan’s projects - Maggie’s West London (2009) and Terminal 4 Barajas Airport Madrid (2006) have won the most prestigious architectural award in the UK, the Stirling Prize. Projects designed and led by Ivan include: Barangaroo masterplan, Sydney, Australia; 300 New Jersey Avenue offices, Washington DC, USA; Y:Cube, self-contained and affordable starter accommodation for young people, UK;National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff; Law Courts in Antwerp and Minami Yamashiro School, Kyoto, Japan, plus a mixed-use project in Scandicci, Italy consisting of a tram station, a cultural centre, an office building and a residential block. Significantly, these projects have all been recognised by either national, European or international awards.

Ivan is currently leading the design on a 22 hectare masterplan for Barangaroo, Sydney including the design of three towers. Other live projects include a new academic building for the LSE in London and a residential building in Monte Carlo and the masterplan and two buildings within The International Quarter in Stratford, London. Ivan has also been instrumental in developing Homeshell, an innovative off-site form of construction that can be used for social housing and other building types.