Jonathan has had a lifelong interest making things and spends any free time either designing or building, whether it is architecture, furniture, painting, models or classic cars. Architecture is but one facet of his passion for design and construction, which is why he is just at ease in a studio with a concept or on site with a craftsman.
Jonathan Parr is a joint deputy head of studio, graduating from Newcastle University in 1987 with first-class honours and joined Foster + Partners in 1992.
He was based in the Hong Kong office for many years and has worked extensively in Asia, notably Malaysia and China. He has over 25 years of project experience working on signature airports, complex mixed use, infrastructure, high-end residential, offices and luxury hotels.
His recent work have been focussed on broadening the practice's passion for designing for people, notably in the medical sector which he is exploring possibilities within Asia, Africa and America.
Jonathan’s most recent projects have included high and low rise mixed use developments in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Jakarta, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. He is currently engaged in the signature high-rise Lusail Commercial Towers in Doha, Qatar, which is currently under construction and due for completion to coincide with the World Cup events in 2022. He is also leading a major new waterside development and a bespoke crafted private residence in Hong Kong.
Masterplans and mixed use developments have been a strong component of Jonathan’s work at the practice. This includes the highly successful 2018 development in Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur which created a new destination and way of designing residential developments in a tropical environment. Jonathan also delivered the prestigious Ilham Tower in the heart of in Kuala Lumpur.
Jonathan was the lead designer and partner in charge of the innovative award winning terminal for Queen Alia International Airport, from 2007 until its opening in 2013.
After his promotion to partner in 2004 he directed high end residential, luxury hotel and mixed-use design projects in Malaysia, China and Russia, and in 2006 led the design for a number of mixed use and cultural projects in Moscow and St Petersburg, including the competition winning entry for the New Holland Island site.
In 2001, he led the design team that won the competition for the West Kowloon Cultural District Masterplan in Hong Kong, and in 2004 was the partner responsible for the design of the competition-winning entry for Beijing Terminal 3 International Airport, which he was responsible, through to its formal opening in 2008
As project director from 1998 to 2003 he was in charge of the London based design team of the Aga Khan Award winning Petronas University of Technology in Malaysia, the region’s largest academic centre for the study of civil, mechanical, chemical and electrical engineering.
Some of Jonathan’s earliest work was as a team leader for the Hong Kong International Airport, initially responsible for all the internal architectural cladding systems and their integration with the terminal building services. He later went on to lead design of the HACTL Express Cargo Centre Terminal as part of the overall airport masterplan projects. During this early period, he also spent time working in the London and Tokyo offices on competitions and projects in Japan, Korea and China, which is where his love and passion for the Far East developed.
Jonathan was made a partner in 2004, a deputy head of studio in 2010 and a senior partner in 2017.