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. He joined Foster + Partners in 1992
Working for many years in the Hong Kong office and worked extensively in Asia, notably Malaysia and China in particular he has over 25 years of expertise and involvement within the Asian region and has extensive experience of working on signature airport projects and complex mixed-use, infrastructure scale and high-end luxury residential, office and hotel projects.
Jonathan was made a partner in 2004, a deputy head of studio in 2010 and a senior partner in 2017.
His more recent projects have included high and low rise mixed use signature developments in Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Jakarta, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong and he is currently engaged in a range of projects from a super tall mixed-use project in Wuhan to a bespoke crafted private residence in Hong Kong
Jonathan was the lead designer and partner in charge of the new innovative award winning terminal for Queen Alia International Airport, and led the designs from 2007 until its opening in 2013.
After 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 St Petersburg, including the competition winning entry for the New Holland Island site in 2006.
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.