Celebrating 15 years of our Newcastle studio
In the second of our two events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our practice, we took the opportunity to reflect on another major milestone, the 15-year anniversary of our Newcastle studio.
Formed in 2006 to support a growing workload in the city and across the North of England, the studio has grown over the years from three architects to a team of twenty-five and plays an integral role in the success of the practice. Today, our London and Newcastle studios share our international portfolio of work, combining insight and expertise to bring the value of our experience to each project.
Coming together to mark the anniversary, we welcomed guests to celebrate with us at By the River Brew Co. on the banks of the River Tyne. Among the attendees were clients, collaborators, friends and former colleagues that have made a valuable contribution to the success of the studio over the years.
In a speech to our guests, Directors, Ruairi, Bob, Paul and Lianne, spoke about the 30-year journey of the practice and the role that the Newcastle studio has played in our commitment to push the field of healthcare architecture forward, both in the UK and overseas. Paul and Lianne spoke about their individual journeys and the opportunity presented to them fifteen years ago by practice founder Christopher Shaw, entrusted to set up and grow the new studio with Associate Frank Ellis.
As well as celebrating our anniversaries, on the eve of his retirement the event provided a final opportunity to reflect on Christopher’s incredible career and the many reasons to be positive about the future of the practice, as he steps away to enjoy a well-earned break. It is without a doubt that his passion, insight, and dedication to the profession, has had a major impact on the quality of healthcare environments in this country and overseas, and that his legacy will continue for many years to come.
In his own reflections, Christopher thanked those around him for their contributions to his personal journey and the success of Medical Architecture. To be surrounded by so many friends on this milestone occasion is a testament to the culture that Christopher has instilled in the practice, to look after the people and the rest will look after itself.
Happy retirement Christopher and all the best!