Armstrong studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London and joined Foster + Partners in 1987. Having worked on projects in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and the USA, he plays a unique role that combines his responsibilities as a permanent member of the Design Board with close involvement in carefully selected projects that benefit from his expertise. His recent projects include CityCenterDC, 50 United Nations Plaza New York, Oceanwide Center, San Francisco and The Murray Hotel in Hong Kong. Armstrong has a keen interest in residential building trends, the ecology of the built environment and urban design across the world.
Armstrong Yakubu has been part of Foster + Partners for over thirty years and is a respected senior member of the team. He has a unique role, which combines his responsibilities as a permanent member of the Design Board with close involvement in a few, carefully selected projects that benefit from his specialist expertise.
Some of his more recent work includes his close involvement with the redevelopment of The Murray in Hong Kong. The sophisticated contemporary hotel is located in Central Hong Kong and is the city’s newest luxury hotel destination. The hotel preserves and reinvents the landmarked 1970s - former Government Headquarters - Murray Building and transforms it into a luxury 336-room hotel. This major transformation of a listed building aims to reinvent the abandoned urban quarter it is located in – stitching together the urban fabric by linking the large green spaces that surround the site.
Armstrong has been responsible for a number on a number of high-profile projects in the USA. Currently, in San Francisco, he is involved in the design of the Oceanwide Center. The 605-foot residential tower reflects the scale of San Francisco’s existing tall buildings, while the 850- foot hotel, residential and office tower rises above it as a symbol of this new vertical city quarter. Armstrong remains closely involved in the project, which at ground level, is open, accessible and transparent, providing a new ‘urban room’ for the region.
In Washington DC, Armstrong was in charge of the master planning of the CityCenterDC – transforming the 12-acre site of the former Washington DC Convention Center into a new downtown neighbourhood complete with walkable streets, alleyways, parks and squares combined with vibrant shopping and a mixed used community. Armstrong was also responsible for four of the buildings on the site which included condominium and office buildings.
He was one of the lead designers on the landmark Hearst Headquarters in New York, which combines the creative reuse of a historic stone base with a contemporary tower. The challenge in designing such a tower was to establish a creative dialogue between old and new, while honouring the belief that the quality of our surroundings has a direct influence on the quality of our lives. Allied with an acknowledgement that architecture is generated by the needs of people and through active collaboration with clients and specialists this was achieved.