Senior Partner & Architect, Hawkins/Brown
Roger founded HawkinsBrown with Russell Brown in 1988 and is recognised as one of the leading architects in the UK.
The practice came to prominence during the 1990’s with arts projects such as Rachel Whiteread’s studio and the Henry Moore archive and gallery. At the same time Roger worked on designs for Schools and Colleges and a string of prestigious buildings for Universities such as New Biochemistry at Oxford and Bartlett School of Architecture for UCL, which demonstrates a commitment to buildings for education.
In addition he has been the architect for major housing renewal projects for both local authorities and private developers, including refurbishment of the 1960’s Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.
Roger has completed design proposals for reorganising Parliament Square and Crossrail stations at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Liverpool Street, which are currently on site. He is currently working on Here East, which is a new mixed-use development reworking the former 2012 Press and Broadcast Centres on the Queen Elizabeth Park and has been asked by the Mayor of London to make proposals for Heathrow with the relocation of the airport.
Roger is a people person. His ability to see things from the client’s viewpoint and to get into the mindset of users is key to the way HawkinsBrown practices architecture. He is a firm believer that good architecture needs to address a social agenda and is always keen to promote user needs and aspirations. He sees an opportunity in everything and uses this to raise the ambitions of those around him.
He is a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and has been active in supporting RIBA Competitions including the Advisor to the ODA for the Olympic Velodrome. His involvement with the RIBA includes being Chairman of the RIBA Insurance Agency and member of the RIBA Validation Board. Roger lectures at architectural schools, conferences and writes for the architectural press and has lectured recently at UCL Bartlett, Sheffield University and Yale University in the USA.
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