Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Stephen Spence

Stephen Spence – Associate Partner

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 for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, (RSHP), since 1987. He was made an Associate in 2012 and Associate Partner in 2016.

Currently, he is leading the design team on the low-rise Innotech commercial development in Guiwan, Shenzhen. This includes the ‘Landmark Building’, a public cultural facility, containing exhibition, lecture and conference facilities. The Innotech campus forms a temporary termination to the 2018 competition-winning ‘Urban Living Room’ masterplan: a scheme envisaged as a simple, yet elegant raised planted ‘sky garden’ that connects the neighbouring buildings to the local community. It contains several cultural facilities at key points along its length: a science/tech museum, exhibition and gallery space. It terminates at Qianhai Bay with an Opera House and outdoor arena.

Spence is also working on a commercial project in the historic district of Chelsea in New York where RSHP are knitting together an existing building with an adjacent new build. Other current projects include an educational campus on the outskirts of Venice, a masterplan and pedestrian bridge for the River Arno in Florence and, on a smaller scale, an art pavilion for Château La Coste in the South of France.

Spence was the lead designer on Broadwick House and Thames Valley University prior to setting up Spence Associates in 1998. This small practice was successful in winning a number of competitions, including the Infinity Bridge in Stockton-on Tees, New Wear Crossing in Sunderland and the Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate.

Since returning to RSHP, Spence has taken a lead role in design of the culturally led Scandicci new Civic Centre, the redevelopment of the centre of a commuter town near Florence, and more recently, a residential complex in Qiantan, Shanghai, which is currently under construction. Spence’s problem-solving approach and quick-witted design skills have also been deployed in his role as a design advisor on many architectural design panels. These include the RIBA Competitions Panel and the CABE National Design Review Panel.