Andrew Whalley and Nicholas Grimshaw
Courtesy Grimshaw Architects Andrew Whalley and Nicholas Grimshaw

After almost 40 years at the helm of his eponymous firm, British modernist Nicholas Grimshaw, Hon. FAIA, is stepping down as the chairman of Grimshaw Architects, ceding the role to longtime colleague Andrew Whalley, FAIA. Grimshaw will stay on in an advisory capacity and focus his time on the new Grimshaw Arts and Architecture Foundation. "I will continue to make available my experience from the last 50 years in practice,” he said in a press release.

Grimshaw is best known for projects like the Waterloo International railway station in London and the Eden Project in Cornwall, England. In 1995, he was named an honorary member of AIA's College of Fellows, and in 2002, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. This year, he was awarded RIBA's 2019 Royal Gold Medal.

"Andrew has worked closely with me for over 33 years and has been involved in many of our key projects," Grimshaw said. "He has undertaken the role of deputy chairman for the last eight years."

A graduate of the Architectural Association School of Architecture, Whalley joined Grimshaw Architects in the 1980s and went on to help establish and run the firm's New York and Doha offices.

"I’m thrilled to be fostering another generation of the Grimshaw practice in pursuit of innovative design solutions that address the complex contemporary challenges that we face," Whalley said in the same release.