Gerard Evenden

Gerard Evenden

Senior Executive Partner Head of Studio BSc, BArch (Dist), RIBA

Gerard has worked on a diverse range of projects during 26 years at Foster + Partners. Graduating from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, Gerard’s interest in innovation, materials and new building techniques, is evident in his global experience and demonstrated by award winning projects across the world. Gerard led Masdar City and has developed pioneering high-rise towers and transportation buildings. He named his children, Florence and Sydney, after two competition wins. Gerard enjoys a family life in Wiltshire.

Biography

Gerard Evenden studied architecture at the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, graduating in 1985. He joined the practice in 1991 and is now a head of studio and part of the Design Board. His current work includes Dubai Design District, a creative community within Dubai’s new D3 Design District masterplan, Capital Square Development in Cardiff, a mixed-use scheme which includes a new office for the BBC, a transport interchange and surrounding amenities, a private house development in the UK, Circular Quay Tower, the tallest office tower in Sydney and a number of significant masterplans in Thailand and Malta.

Recently his team completed the Bund Finance Center in Shanghai, a 420,000-square-metre mixed use development of eight buildings combining offices with a boutique hotel, a cultural centre and a variety of luxury retail spaces. Gerard has led the team on the design of a number of towers in North America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East, including the first LEED Gold accredited tower in New York, the Hearst Headquarters. Other award-winning, high-rise projects include Lumière Apartments and Deutsche Bank in Sydney and The Troika, a residential development in Kuala Lumpur.

Gerard has been responsible for a number of schemes in the United Arab Emirates, including the Reem Island Residences, Sheikh Zayed National Museum, The Index, World Trade Center Souk and Masdar City. In response to the problems of mass housing his team has developed the design of modular housing for manufacture and distribution in large numbers, and realised a prototype in Abu Dhabi. The theme of sustainability that runs through these projects is also demonstrated by two UAE Pavilion’s designed for the Shanghai and Milan World Expo’s, which were constructed in China and Milan respectively, and subsequently dismantled and relocated to a permanent home in Abu Dhabi.

Gerard’s experience spans contemporary interventions with old buildings as seen at the Capella Resort Sentosa, Singapore which integrates two 1880s Tanah Merah military buildings with a new hotel, villas, extensive event spaces and a spa. Other early projects include Sarriko Station on the Bilbao Metro, masterplan for Imperial College London, the ITN Headquarters and a house in Corsica. He subsequently led the design teams on Canary Wharf Underground Station in London, Expo Station in Singapore and the High-Speed Rail Station in Florence, currently under construction.

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