PLP Architecture

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Building the dream

PLP Architecture is a London-based architect practice led by a group of partners, including Lee Polisano, David Leventhal, Karen Cook and Ron Bakker, who formerly were in charge of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates’ London office for more than 20 years. But, what makes PLP stand out from other architects? Lee Polisano, who is also the President of the firm, says it’s about more than building. "We’re an ideas-based company that deals with many facets of architecture, including design building, strategy work around the environment and a research group for innovation for materials and emerging technologies. We’re a varied consultancy that can provide services at many different ends of the urban spectrum."

PLP Architecture’s portfolio includes The Edge building in Amsterdam, which is lauded for its sustainability and smart technology. The firm’s efforts have not gone unnoticed; three of its buildings were recently nominated for 32 awards, and took home 25 of them, including one from the British Council of Offices for Sky TV’s new headquarters.

For a firm that has expertise in technological areas, how does PLP see new, smarter technologies having a role in architecture? Lee says: "Tech has played a big role in it and it’s going to have an even bigger role. Not just tech in terms of new tools that people can design with, but how we use tech in buildings and cities, which means the architect’s office is going to change in terms of the make-up of the people that sit in it. We will have sociologists, researchers, people who understand artificial intelligence, smart materials; we will have a broad mix of individuals here who are not just architects."