David Summerfield is Design Director of Group 2. After graduating from Portsmouth School of Architecture he worked in Paris for Renzo Piano Building Workshop. He joined Foster + Partners in 1992, initially working on Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, and was based in Hong Kong during this period. On returning to London he became project architect for the North Greenwich Transport Interchange, and masterplans in Monaco, Gibraltar and Cuba.
He was a Project Director on the award-winning McLaren Technology Centre and was subsequently involved in two major projects in Astana, Kazakhstan – the Palace of Peace and the Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre. He was also responsible for the design of the Monaco Yacht Club. As a Partner, and following promotion to Senior Partner in 2007, he led a team working on a range of international projects. These encompass a number of hotels and resorts, including the Marina Hotel at Kaplankaya in Turkey; Banyan Tree Corniche Bay in Mauritius; the Vista Palace Hotel in Monte Carlo; and the 56m sailing super yacht Panthalassa. This work led to similar high end luxury developments ranging from a golf resort on the Chinese island of Hainan, in the South China Sea to an apartment building in Miami.
In 2008 he became leader of Group 2, with responsibility for a number of high profile commercial projects throughout the world including New York’s 80-storey Tower Two at 200 Greenwich Street, Samba Financial Group’s headquarters which forms the centrepiece of Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District and the sustainable new corporate headquarters for Banco Ciudad de Buenos Aires. Equally significant are projects that embrace infrastructure and urban renewal, notably new urban quarters in Washington DC and Buenos Aires and a number of large scale mixed-use developments in India as well as Brazil.