Paul studied architecture and town planning at the University of Technology in Delft in the Netherlands and went on to join MacCormac, Jamieson and Prichard in London, to work on university projects at Worcester College, Oxford, and the Arts Faculty at the University of Bristol. He joined Foster + Partners in 1985, and has worked on a wide range of cultural, office, housing, educational and hospital projects in the UK and abroad. He now focuses on construction technology, an essential part of the practice's work and key to innovation.
Paul Kalkhoven is head of Technical Design, leading Foster + Partners’ Construction Review Group, which reviews projects in the pre-construction stages to maintain and improve technical design standards. The Group includes dedicated specification, CDM and fire safety teams. As Quality Manager he is coordinating our ISO9001 QA certification processes.
He studied architecture and town planning at the University of Technology in Delft and went on to join MacCormac, Jamieson and Prichard in London, where he was involved in University projects at Worcester College, Oxford, and the University of Bristol. He joined Foster + Partners in 1985, has been a member of the Management Board since 1995 and was promoted to senior partner in 2004.
Paul was a visiting professor at the Architecture Faculty of the Delft Technical University in 2019.
He has been involved in transport, educational and commercial projects including the Circle Hospital in Bath and a series of new City Academy schools in the UK, as well as earlier works such as including the Stansted passenger terminal, the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, and urban regeneration projects in Duisburg. Subsequently, he worked on the World Port Center tower in Rotterdam, the Drentestaete office tower in Amsterdam, the competition-winning design for the Gerling Ring mixed-use, low energy development in Cologne and the France Avenue office development in Paris. He was also responsible for the fit-out of the entrance, conference and restaurant spaces at 30 St Mary Axe in London.