Robert Kennett


MA (Cantab) DipArch RIBA

Robert studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He joined Eric Parry Architects in 1989 and was made Director in 1997.

Currently Robert is working on the Ambassador’s Residence for the new British Embassy in Beijing and on the innovative reuse of a 1950s office building in Belgrave Road, Pimlico. Since 2011 he has directed the design for major residential buildings including in Phase 3 Heart of Doha project in Qatar and five apartment buildings in Phases 4 & 6a at Chelsea Barracks.

He has led on projects such as prestigious office buildings at 8 St James’s Square and 23 Savile Row, refurbishment works for Selfridges & Co and the innovative 4 Pancras Square building at Kings Cross Central. In the City he was involved in the planning stages of London Stock Exchange at Paternoster Square and 120 Fenchurch Street and the current joint venture for the complex Crossrail oversite development at 1 Liverpool Street.

Robert was involved on many of the practice’s earliest award-winning schemes, including Foundress Court, a residential and teaching building for Pembroke College at Cambridge University, and the office building at 30 Finsbury Square, which won numerous awards on its completion in 2003. He was also responsible for the successful delivery of the £36m Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. The project consisted of the refurbishment and conservation of James Gibbs’ Grade I listed church and crypt, including reconstruction of the below-ground spaces, the extension of a Grade II* listed John Nash terrace, and the reordering of the publicly accessible spaces.

Over the years Robert has also accrued significant hotel experience, starting with the renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. He has also helped secure planning approval for hotels at The City Temple Quarter and on Great Marlborough Street.

Robert has taught in architectural design studios at the University of North London and the University of Cambridge.

Robert Kennett
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