Grant Brooker is Design Director of Group 1, leading a team involved in a wide range of projects including cultural, residential, office, commercial and transport buildings. He studied at the Canterbury School of Architecture and joined Foster Associates in 1987. He was the project architect for the ITN Headquarters in London, overseeing the project from inception to completion, and worked on numerous projects and competitions in Europe, including the Musée de Prehistoire des Gorges du Verdon, masterplans for King’s Cross and Lyon Gerland, and railway stations in Bilbao and Helsinki.
He has been responsible for many built projects in Europe, North America, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, China and South East Asia ranging from airports to masterplans and museums. In 1992, as Director of Foster Hong Kong, he established the office there and led the design team for the new airport terminal at Chek Lap Kok. For six years he was based in Hong Kong, where his responsibilities included the redevelopment of the Kowloon-Canton Railway Station along with office and headquarters projects in Malaysia, Singapore and China.
He returned to London in 1997 and became a senior partner in 2004. As leader of Group 1 he has been responsible for a wide range of projects, including headquarters buildings for Willis, Ernst and Young, Scottish Gas and Samba Bank, Riyadh; residential towers in London; Europe’s tallest towers for Hermitage in Paris; the masterplan for the new Quartermile district in Edinburgh; the Zénith concert hall in St Etienne; the courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; airport expansion projects at Stansted and Heathrow; and most recently the Virgin Galactic Spaceport in New Mexico.