Robert Dawson


BA (Hons) DipArch, Dip BRS RIBA

Robert studied at the Birmingham School of Architecture and Oxford Brookes University and joined the practice in 2006. He became Associate in 2010, Associate Director in 2016 and has been recently promoted to Director. Currently Robert is leading on the design of a healthcare and research masterplan in Oxford, focused around a historic site and range of listed buildings and separately three commercial life science buildings in Cambridge, providing 25,000sq m flexible lab / office space.

Robert first joined the practice as Project Architect for the redevelopment of the former stock exchange at 60 Threadneedle Street. Completed in January 2009, the ten-storey 30,000 sq m office gained a BREEAM Excellent rating and won awards from the BCO and the RIBA. Since then, Robert has led the design and redevelopment of a boutique hotel in Mayfair, incorporating the conversion of a listed building for residential use. As Associate he led a new large private residence in the St John’s Wood Conservation Area. Completed in 2011, this contemporary villa incorporated significant sustainable features and efficient construction to provide a case study house for the owner.

Robert completed No. 8 St James’s Square in March 2015, a 10,000 sq m office development adjacent to a listed private residence by Edwin Lutyens. The project consists of finely-crafted self-supporting brick and stone façades in the heart of the St James’s Conservation Area.

He was Associate Director for 4 Pancras Square, a new 20,000 sq m office building, part of the masterplan to redevelop the King’s Cross area. A technically complex building incorporating an external weathered steel frame, the building was completed in June 2017. Robert has recently revisited St James’s Square, completing No.30 in 2021, a sensitive commercial redevelopment, retaining and extending historic facades to create new boutique workspace.

Before joining Eric Parry Architects Robert worked on numerous projects at Architecture plb and at Associated Architects, where he worked on the CBSO Centre, a new rehearsal hall for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. From 1999-2004 he was involved in a variety of educational and commercial buildings with Nicholas Hare Architects, including a new Sixth Form Centre at Alexandra Park School in Haringey, London and a new Student Services Centre building for the University of Southampton. Robert also spent two years at Architectus in Auckland and Sydney working on both educational and commercial projects

Robert Dawson
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