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About PLP Architecture

PLP Architecture is a London-based group of architects, designers and thinkers who value the transformative role of ideas and the capacity for architecture to inspire. The practice is led by a group of partners including Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, who formerly were in charge of KPF’s London office for over 20 years.

While they bring a global perspective to their projects, their design resolutions are delivered through an understanding of local conditions. Design challenges are viewed not as a series of constraints but rather as opportunities for exciting, environmentally responsive architecture and sustainable urban design.

The foundation of their work lies in a commitment to the quality of life in the city, a delight in the handling of material, space and light and an optimism about architecture’s potential to enrich society.

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PLP Architecture at CTBUH

CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London

CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London

6 Dec 2018, Event Report – CTBUH CEO Antony Wood traveled to his native UK for a speaking and listening tour,…

CTBUH UK Tours 22 Bishopsgate

CTBUH UK Tours 22 Bishopsgate

23 Feb 2018, Tour Report – The CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter conducted an under-construction tour of 22…

Debating Tall: A Skyline Commission for London?

Debating Tall: A Skyline Commission for London?

28 Jul 2017, CTBUH Journal Paper – In the CTBUH Journal 2017, Issue III, two experts debate on the…

PLP Architecture at CTBUH

CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Conducts Speaking Tour of London
6 Dec 2018, London – Event Report
CTBUH CEO Antony Wood traveled to his native UK for a speaking and listening tour, including a keynote address and several dinners with key figures of the tall building industry.
CTBUH UK Tours 22 Bishopsgate
23 Feb 2018, London – Tour Report
The CTBUH United Kingdom Chapter conducted an under-construction tour of 22 Bishopsgate, the tallest building under construction in the UK.
Debating Tall: A Skyline Commission for London?
28 Jul 2017, Chicago – CTBUH Journal Paper
In the CTBUH Journal 2017, Issue III, two experts debate on the issues that the city of London faces regarding new tall building construction and protected historic views.
Does London Need Tall Buildings?
7 Oct 2015, London – Event Report
The CTBUH UK Chapter hosted a successful panel discussion posing the question "Does London need tall buildings?" at Grimshaw's Clerkenwell studio.
Activity at the CTBUH London Conference: Day One
11 Jun 2013, London – Conference Activity Report
See the highlights from the first day of the CTBUH 2013 London Conference including the Opening Plenary and Conference Dinner.

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Karen Cook

Karen Cook

CTBUH Awards Renovation Jury, 2020
London, United Kingdom

Lars Hesselgren

Lars Hesselgren

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
London, United Kingdom

Ron Bakker

Ron Bakker

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
London, United Kingdom

CTBUH Leaders at PLP Architecture

Karen Cook

Karen Cook

CTBUH Awards Renovation Jury, 2020
London, United Kingdom

Lars Hesselgren

Lars Hesselgren

CTBUH Expert Peer Review Committee, 2014 – Present
London, United Kingdom

Ron Bakker

Ron Bakker

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2018
London, United Kingdom

Kevin Flanagan

Kevin Flanagan

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2019
London, United Kingdom

Lee Polisano

Lee Polisano

CTBUH Annual Conference, Presenter, 2013

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CTBUH Resources Involving PLP Architecture

Are wind turbines just "window dressing," or can they contribute to a building's performance?

Dec 2013 – Monthly Video Series
Carmine Bilardello, Willis Group; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Kamran Moazami, WSP; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Rafael Viñoly, Rafael Viñoly Architects

Is it possible to construct a completely pre-fabricated megatall building (i.e. over 600 meters)?

Jul 2013 – Monthly Video Series
Talal Al Maiman, Kingdom Real Estate; Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells; Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Lee Polisano, PLP Architecture; Ken Shuttleworth, Make Architects; Werner Sobek, Werner Sobek Group; Zhang Yue, Ch

Session 6: The Urban and Public Realm

11 Jun 2013 – CTBUH 2013 London Conference
Sir Stuart Lipton, Sir Terry Farrell, Lee Polisano & Graham Stirk

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014

Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I
Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH

The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper

Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II
Viewpoints: The London Conference

Papers/Research

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
The Special Nature of the European Skyscraper
Jun 2013 – CTBUH Journal, 2013 Issue II; Viewpoints: The London Conference
European architecture is at a crossroads. Its commercial and environmental realities are driving buildings ever-higher, but not all are convinced. In this article – contributed by various speakers at the London Conference – we ask: What is special…

Tall Buildings Involving PLP Architecture

1   Foshan Suning Plaza Tower 1 - 318 m Foshan
2   The Assima Tower 2022 302 m Kuwait City
3   Twentytwo 2019 278 m London
4   Four Seasons Abu Dhabi 2016 144 m Abu Dhabi
5   Imperial West Tower 2019 139 m London
6   Pan Pacific Hotel 2019 135 m London
7   Nova Victoria-South 2016 87 m London
8   Nova Victoria-North 2016 68 m London
9   The Edge 2014 58 m Amsterdam
10   Corso Como Place 2020 - Milan
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.
1   Nexus Tower - 595 m Shenzhen
2   Lizhi Park Office Tower - 347 m Shenzhen
3   Foshan Suning Plaza Tower 1 - 318 m Foshan
4   The Assima Tower 2022 302 m Kuwait City
5   Twentytwo 2019 278 m London
6   Ludgate House-Tower B 2020 163 m London
7   Four Seasons Abu Dhabi 2016 144 m Abu Dhabi
8   Imperial West Tower 2019 139 m London
9   Pan Pacific Hotel 2019 135 m London
10   Sampson House-Tower B - 108 m London
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Under Constr.   Proposed