During our London Design and Architecture Educational Tour 2018 we are going to experience a private guided tour of some of the most important architectural practices AECOM, TP Bennett, Zaha Hadid Gallery and RIBA the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Two visits will consist of a tour of the offices with a senior architect, a general presentation of the practice and one of the practice’s latest projects. The Zaha Hadid Gallery will offer a tour of the latest exhibitions showcasing the work of Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design.
AECOM, will be introduced by the Creative Director Erik Behrens. Erik is a German Designer and Architect who heads up the London Design Studio for Special Projects. His studio’s work is innovative and signified by ambitious designs, many defying traditional architectural conventions and dimensions.
He joined AECOM in 2006 and played a key role in the Design Team delivering the design for the Olympic Games in London 2012. Since 2007 he has been working on a series of high profile developments in Qatar including the world-class Education City, Msheireb and Lusail Expressway Artscape projects.
He is the responsible Design Director and Design Architect for the prestigious new Al Wahda Arches and Visitors’ Center in Doha and various iconic Bridge Structures and High-End Development projects throughout the Middle East, US and Europe.
Prior to joining AECOM, he worked with the American architect Prof. Alex Wall AA Dipl. (former Partner of Rem Koolhaas, OMA and Tutor of Zaha Hadid) and the Dean of the USC School of Architecture, Qingyun Ma, with his Shanghai-based office MADA s.p.a.m. He has lectured and exhibited internationally including at the Venice and Shenzhen- Hong Kong Biennale and the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin. He has directed research and design studios at the KIT in Germany and is a regularly invited design critic at Universities including the TU Munich, Harvard GSD, Bartlett UCL and AA London.