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03 June 2019

Arney Fender Katsalidis appoints residential expert Jonathan Clarke as Director

By AFK

Arney Fender Katsalidis appoints residential expert Jonathan Clarke as Director

Arney Fender Katsalidis appoints residential specialist as new Director to drive the strategic development of the AJ100 firm

London-based international architecture and interiors practice Arney Fender Katsalidis (AFK) has appointed Jonathan Clarke, who is a leading expert and thought leader in the residential and Build to Rent sectors. Jonathan joins the practice as Director and has extensive experience in delivering residential, hotel, workplace and retail projects worldwide.

Jonathan is a significant appointment for the fast-growing design practice. He will bring a deep understanding of both architecture and interior design to the firm and will strengthen the expertise of both disciplines across the practice. Jonathan will also help to drive the further strategic development of AFK, with particular attention to their residential and interior design expertise of the firm.

Prior to his appointment, Jonathan was a Principal and Global Sector Leader at Woods Bagot, where he helped drive strategic growth and led key residential and hotel projects, such as U+I’s Assembly Buildings in Hayes, multiple developments for Pegasus Life and the award winning Minthis Hills in Cyprus. Prior to this, Jonathan was Managing Director of Universal Design Studio, the architecture and interiors design practice founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Here, Jonathan led designs of flagship stores for Stella McCartney, department stores in Korea for Lotte and exhibition designs for clients such as the V&A museum. 

Jonathan is closely involved in academia and has held positions as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton. He is a visiting critic at selected schools of architecture and design and a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel.

Earle Arney, CEO, Arney Fender Katsalidis said:
"It is an immense pleasure to welcome Jonathan to our firm. As both an architect and interior designer, his extremely broad skill set, design flair, management rigour and strategic client approach is a timely addition to the business, particularly as we set our trajectory for the next 5 to 10 years. We are delighted and inspired to be working on the major masterplans, commercial buildings, and significant residential and hotel schemes our clients have entrusted us with. Jonathan’s appointment adds a further dimension and depth to our practice and we will build on this exciting base as we shape the future of our practice."

Jonathan Clarke added:
It is really exciting to join a practice at such a critical point of its evolution. AFK’s young, strong and energetic team is highly committed to clients and the creation of buildings, spaces and experiences which are inspiring and world class and I look forward to working with the team to help drive the direction of the practice.”

Since launching in London six years ago, Arney Fender Katsalidis has enjoyed significant growth, now employing over 90 people in the UK and Canada. Following several successful projects in Canada – including the award-winning interior design of Deloitte’s Montreal and Toronto Headquarters respectively, and Brookfield Place, Calgary –.Arney Fender Katsalidis opened a new studio in Toronto in 2017, which has grown to 20 staff.

The practice recently secured planning consent for a new commercial building at Lendlease’s International Quarter London and is working on100 Bishopsgate, a 40 storey tower in central London in collaboration with Allies and Morrison; a 80 storey residential tower in New York City; innovative workplaces throughout Canada; 8 hotels in Europe and a range of affordable and luxury residential schemes in the United Kingdom.