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Ryan Kingsnorth, ARB

Senior Associate Partner

Ryan is a Senior Associate Partner at PLP Architecture and has worked for the practice for eight years. He was a key member of the team designing Bankside Yards, the UK’s first fossil-fuel free major mixed-use development master plan situated upon the South Bank of the River Thames in London. This new arts-focused city district is centrally placed within the surrounding cultural neighbourhood. The masterplan consists of 8 buildings that he worked upon: including a luxury hotel tower, a residential tower, and a cultural building. His many responsibilities included the design of several of the buildings’ facades, their spatial form, and their internal organisation. Most recently, he had a pivotal role on the development of Arbor; a 223,000 sq ft office building with the latest Closed Cavity Façade (CCF), allowing for exceptional daylight and energy saving, whilst integrating outdoor roof space and on-floor terraces. The building achieved BREEAM excellent and a WELL Platinum score.

Within Japan, he took a key role in our Tokyo Cross Park masterplan consisting of 4 mixed-use towers on a 6.5-hectare site adjacent, and connected to, Hibiya Park. The project is the largest regeneration development in the metropolitan area of Tokyo, with a total floor area of 1.1 million square metres, including a 31-metre-tall podium and a 2-hectare public plaza. He took a lead design role on Central Tower which is the largest of the 4 proposed towers that sit upon the central axis connected to Hibiya Park. The design proposes to create a destination within Tokyo for office, retail and events through a collection of collaborative spaces at street, podium and tower levels. The design showcases a high-performance veil façade with natural ventilation which responds to the surrounding cityscape with regards to scale and orientation. An exciting and inclusive central co-creation space sits upon the 31m podium to encourage engagement with the newly proposed elevated park overlooking the city.

Other projects completed within London include Imperial College, a residential tower in West London close to White City. The 34-storey tower sits within a wider masterplan and includes a variety of living accommodation behind a high-tech façade. In South London near Vauxhall, he worked upon our Embassy Gardens project, which created a new headquarters office building for the publisher Penguin Random House on a prominent site facing the new US Embassy along the new Linear Park.

Before joining PLP Architecture, Ryan worked for Perkins+Will in London where he was involved with the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, The Stage in London, and 99 Bishopsgate in the City of London. Ryan graduated from Oxford Brookes University for his Part I ARB architecture accreditation, and subsequently completed his Part II and Part III ARB studies at the University of Westminster, London.