Paul Kalkhoven is Head of Technical Design and leads Foster + Partners’ Construction Review Group, which reviews projects in the pre-construction stages to maintain and improve technical standards. He studied architecture and town planning at the University of Technology in Delft and went on to join MacCormac, Jamieson and Prichard in London, where he was involved in University projects at Worcester College, Oxford, and the University of Bristol. He joined Foster + Partners in 1985, working on the Katharine Hamnett shop and then the terminal building at Stansted Airport. That was followed by a series of projects in Germany, including the Design Centre in Essen. A Director of Foster + Partners since 1995, he was made a Senior Partner in 2004.
He has overseen a number of commercial projects including the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Agiplan Headquarters extension in Mülheim and the Microelectronic Centre in Duisburg. Subsequently, he worked on the World Port Centre tower in Rotterdam, the competition-winning design for the Gerling Ring mixed-use development in Cologne and the France Avenue office development in Paris. He was also recently responsible for the new Vivaldi office tower for ING in Amsterdam and the fit-out of the entrance, conference and restaurant spaces at 30 St Mary Axe in London.
He has extensive experience in national educational schemes such as a series of new academy secondary school projects in Bexley, Edgware, Folkestone, Peterborough and Corby. He was also involved in the implementation of the Inner Harbour masterplan in Duisburg, the mixed-use development of the Santa Giulia masterplan in Milan and the Circle hospital project in Bath.