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The House of Morrison

Scottish businessmen Sir Fraser and Peter Morrison, who just acquired Hillier, have turned the languishing firm rmjm into a global powerhouse.

The House of Morrison

Scottish businessmen Sir Fraser and Peter Morrison, who just acquired Hillier, have turned the languishing firm rmjm into a global powerhouse.

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    Art Streiber

    Sir Fraser Morrison (left) and Peter Morrison

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    Hugh Mullan Managing director RMJM Europe

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    Steven Gifford Managing director RMJM Hillier

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    Peter Schubert Design director RMJM Hillier

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    Tony Kettle Group design director RMJM

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    Paul Stallan Design director RMJM Europe

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    David Pringle CEO RMJM Middle East and RMJM Asia

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    PROJECT: Falkirk Wheel LOCATION: Falkirk, Scotland DATE: 2002 DETAILS: Inspired in part by Legos, Tony Kettle’s design for the Falkirk Wheel, a rotating boat lift that links two canals, has also been compared to a Celtic two-headed axe. The Wheel has become one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions.

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    PROJECT: University Town Library, Shenzhen LOCATION: Shenzhen, China DATE: 2007 DETAILS: The winning design in an invited competition, RMJM’s Shenzhen library serves the graduate schools of four Chinese universities. Its long, gently sloping form echoes the surrounding hills.

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    PROJECT: Okhta Center (Gazprom tower) LOCATION: St. Petersburg, Russia DATE: Expected 2016 DETAILS: This twisting, 1,300-foot-tall tower with a star-shaped floor plan will house the headquarters of Gazprom, the third-largest company in the world—if it survives fierce opposition to the project from inside Russia and abroad.

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    PROJECT: Scottish Parliament LOCATION: Edinburgh, Scotland DATE: 2004 DETAILS: Designed by Catalan architect Enric Miralles with RMJM acting as executive architect, the irregular volumes of the Scottish Parliament sit beside Edinburgh’s Holyrood Palace in the city’s Old Town. Miralles, who died in 2000, hoped the complex would look as if it were “almost surging out of the rock.” The project won the Stirling Prize in 2005.

A MORRISON TIMELINE

1948: Fraser Morrison born in Tain, Scotland; Morrison Construction founded by his father.

1956: RMJM founded in Edinburgh and London by Robert Matthew and Stirrat Johnson-Marshall.

1966: Hillier Architecture founded in Princeton, N.J., by J. Robert Hillier.

1974: Morrison Construction taken over by conglomerate; Peter Morrison born.

1989: Fraser and Gordon Morrison lead management buyout of Morrison Construction.

1999: Construction begs on Scottish Parliament building.

2000: Morrison Construction sold to AWG for £263 million.

2002: Falkirk Wheel opens; Sir Fraser and Peter Morrison back management buyout of RMJM.

2003: Sir Fraser Morrison sued by AWG for £130 million; Inquiry begs into Scottish Parliament delays and overruns.

2004: Scottish Parliament opens.

2005: Peter Morrison becomes CEO of RMJM; Scottish Parliament wins Stirling Prize.

2006: RMJM wins Gazprom competition.

2007: RMJM acquires Hillier Architecture for £30 million; Sir Fraser Morrison becomes CEO of RMJM Hillier.