Mike Jelliffe

Mike Jelliffe

Senior Partner Architect BSc (Hons), BArch (Hons), RIBA

Mike is a senior partner who has recently managed the design team for the Apple Campus project in California. He joined the practice in 1989 after working at Aldington Craig and Collinge following his graduation from Bath School of Architecture and Building Engineering in 1985. He initially worked on Stansted Airport and moved to Hong Kong in 1992 to lead the Terminal Building structure of the Chek Lap Kok Airport. In 1997 he moved back to London and has since been leading projects in London, New York and Riyadh.


Mike Jelliffe studied at the University of Bath School of Architecture and Building Engineering, graduating in 1985. He then joined Aldington Craig and Collinge architects and completed his RIBA professional registration in 1986.  He joined Foster + Partners in 1989 and was promoted to senior partner in 2017.

Mike has been heavily involved in the design and construction of Apple’s new headquarters in California, his role has been to manage the multidisciplinary team in the design and delivery of the complete project. Other recent projects he has been involved in as a lead partner on the design and fit-out of a 40-storey bank headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and the recently completed 12,000 seat SSE Hydro performance venue in Glasgow which is designed to accommodate a wide range of events – from pop concerts to grand theatrical shows.

Following a promotion to partner in 2004, he led design teams on a number of projects including a 360,000 sqft headquarters building, 3 More London Riverside, and a 650,000 sqft 7 More London Riverside – the headquarters for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which achieved BREEAM outstanding.

He was project director responsible for the design and construction of the Hearst Tower, a 42-storey office tower built above a historic landmark building for the Hearst Corporation in midtown, New York. Completed in 2006, the project has won numerous awards and is a model of sustainable office design. Following on from this he led the design team for the 78-storey, 3,000,000 sqft 200 Greenwich Street tower in New York, which is part of the World Trade Center redevelopment.

Mike joined the practice initially working on Stansted Airport, a landmark project which has since become a model for airport design around the world. He subsequently worked on the successful competition scheme for Hong Kong International Airport and moved to Hong Kong in 1992, becoming team leader responsible for the design and co-ordination of the terminal building structure. This role required involvement in all aspects of the planning of the project and integration of many complex engineering systems within the building. He was made an associate in 1994 and oversaw the project to completion. He moved back to London in 1997 and played a major role in the design and construction of a number of projects including the new Citibank European Headquarters and the HSBC World Headquarters in London.

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