Gerard Evenden is Design Director of Group 5. He studied at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, graduating in 1985, and joined the practice in 1991. Early projects include Sarriko Station on the Bilbao Metro, the masterplan for Imperial College London, the ITN Headquarters and a house in Corsica. He subsequently led the design teams on Canary Wharf Underground Station in London, Expo Station in Singapore and the High Speed Rail Station in Florence, currently under construction.
He has built a number of tall buildings in North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, and worked on the design of Hearst Tower, the first LEED Gold accredited tower in Manhattan. Other award-winning, high-rise projects include Regent Place, a mixed-use development, and Deutsche Bank Place, a landmark office tower, in Sydney; The Troika, a residential development in Kuala Lumpur; and The Index, a mixed-use 80-storey tower in Dubai. Current projects include the Global Financial Centre in Shanghai and Brooklyn IV, a sustainable office tower in Sao Paolo.
Group 5 is responsible for a number of schemes in Abu Dhabi, including Central Market, a mixed-use development inspired by the traditional souk; the Sheikh Zayed National Museum; and Masdar City – a carbon-neutral, zero waste community – within which the Masdar Institute has been completed. In response to the problems of mass housing the team has developed the design of modular housing for manufacture and distribution in large numbers, and realised a prototype in Abu Dhabi. The theme of sustainability that runs through these projects is also demonstrated by the UAE Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo, constructed in China and subsequently dismantled and relocated to a permanent home in Abu Dhabi.