Graham Stirk joined the practice in 1983, was made a director in 1988, a senior director in 1995 and a senior partner in 2011. He has been involved in the design of a number of prestigious UK and worldwide projects often on complex sites. In 2007 the name of the practice was changed in recognition of his and Ivan Harbour’s contributions.
Graham – together with Ivan Harbour and Richard Rogers – drives the design direction of the practice and is evolving the practice’s language of design, to create sustainable and thought-provoking architecture for the future. His intellectually rigorous approach to the analysis and interpretation of a client brief and site informs the process and form of architecture to create functional, flexible and elegant buildings and spaces.
Graham has brought innovative, rational and clear design leadership to many of the practice’s high profile projects including an expansion to the Lloyd’s Register Headquarters in London; 88 Wood Street, an award-winning office development; Bodegas Protos, a winery in Peñafiel, Spain, which were all shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2000, 2001 and 2009 respectively. Recent projects include The Leadenhall Building in the City of London; NEO Bankside, 229 residential units next to Tate Modern in London; One Hyde Park, a luxurious residential development in Knightsbridge; and the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at The British Museum, a new wing that supports a wide range of Museum activities.
He is currently leading the design of two airport projects in Lyon and Geneva, a residential scheme in Old Burlington Street, London and a new whisky distillery and associated facilities for The Macallan in Scotland.
In addition, Graham has contributed to the design of several key masterplanning projects including Potsdamer Platz, Berlin and Paddington Basin, London.