Giles joined Foster + Partners in 1989 and has worked on an extensive range of projects both in the UK and overseas. During his career, he has developed extensive experience of designing within historic environments, most noticeably the award winning Great Court at the British Museum. The juxtaposition of contemporary and historic design has been a constant fascination to him, and he looks to draw lessons from traditional construction techniques to see how they can inform contemporary design solutions.
Giles Robinson studied architecture at Canterbury School of Art and graduated in 1986 with a first-class honours degree. He joined Foster + Partners in 1989 and is now a senior partner. He is currently leading teams on four projects, including mixed use residential projects at 250 City Road, Islington and The One in Toronto, destined to become Canada’s tallest tower, a new hotel for Cheval Blanc in Mayfair, and the MOL Headquarters in Budapest.
In 2004, he was made a partner and led the teams responsible for the development of ME Hotel, Aldwych in London, The Oberoi Hotel in Mauritius and Fortaleza Hall and the Commons, SC Johnson which comprises two companion buildings in Wisconsin. The project continues a tradition of inspired architectural patronage on a seminal Frank Lloyd Wright campus, and is a tribute to the pioneering fifth generation S C Johnson family company.
He was a project director in 1997 and was in charge, from inception to completion in 2000 of the award winning Great Court at the British Museum, London. He then developed proposals for the Asprey stores in London and New York, leading the team to its successful completion of both projects.
Giles’ earlier work at the practice includes the Stansted Airport project and after completion, numerous competitions including the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt and Deuxieme Frejus. He also contributed to a number of educational projects such as the Cambridge Law Faculty, and the masterplan, the Alexander Fleming building and the Basic Medical Science buildings for Imperial College in London.