Ross Palmer

Ross Palmer

Senior Partner Architect BA (Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA

Ross joined the practice in 1993 after his Diploma from Kingston University. He has led several significant infrastructure projects, from Canary Wharf Station in London, to Florence High Speed Railway Station and Jeddah Metro. His academic research buildings include the Clark Centre and Masdar Institute. His projects also include mixed use towers in Sydney; Deutsche Bank Place and Lumière Sydney and currently the buildings at Central Park. In his early years, Ross was a pro-windsurfer and is now aiming to get his three kids hooked on the sport too.


Ross Palmer is a senior partner at Foster + Partners, with extensive experience in major infrastructure, masterplanning, residential and educational projects. Having studied at Newcastle University, where he graduated in 1989 with first-class honours, he completed his diploma at Kingston University in London. Ross joined the practice in 1993, and has worked on projects around the world.

One of his early projects was the interior design of the Bilbao Metro – the signage and fit out elements specially designed to be integrated within the dramatic forms of the station cavern. He was later project architect of Canary Wharf Station - London’s busiest Underground station – the design of which maximises natural light and open spaces, enhancing orientation and a sense of clarity and calm. He went on to design and oversee the construction of Stanford University’s Clark Center, a revolutionary bio-medical research building in California – where he was based from 2001-2003, before starting working on projects in Australia. These include Deutschebank tower and subsequently Lumiere Residential, for which he relocated to Sydney for three years in 2005 to oversee its detailed design and construction. This large mixed-use development in the heart of Sydney is characterised by its two high-rise towers that overlook St Andrew’s Cathedral, introducing residential, retail and leisure facilities to the area.

In 2007, he started work on the Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, a new postgraduate university dedicated to sustainable research and emerging technologies, with super-flexible research laboratories, a ‘Class100’ clean room as well as a library, multi-use sports hall, swimming pool, and on-site student residential accommodation. Forming the first part of the wider Masdar City masterplan, residents and commuters to the city can enjoy the highest quality of life with the lowest environmental footprint.

More recently, Ross has been involved in masterplanning and infrastructure projects, devising the masterplan for Belmont racecourse, a 29-hectare site near the Central Business District in Perth, a masterplan for a luxury resort in Montenegro as well as overseeing the design of a High Speed Railway Station for Florence in Italy, which is currently under construction. Additional infrastructure projects include the design of four major transport interchange stations in Saudi Arabia for Jeddah Metro.

Current projects include the new state-of-the-art headquarters building for du in Dubai, and the Zayed National Museum being built on Saadiyat island, Abu Dhabi. He is also working on the Central Park masterplan in Sydney for Frasers Property, the construction of ‘Duo’ two significant new mixed use buildings, now nearing completion, and the competition winning design for Circular Quay Tower in Sydney for Lendlease, which when completed, will be Sydney’s highest commercial tower.

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