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Nicola Rutt, who studied a Master in Architecture RIBA II and a Postgraduate Diploma Professional Practice RIBA part III at the University of Westminster, is Partner and Head of Workplace Sector at Hawkins\Brown. Leader of the ‘Here East’ team project, she is now overseeing a number of workplace projects of varying scales in London and working on the early-stage concept design for the re-purposing of a large industrial building to contemporary workplace.
After joining the practice in 2000 and becoming a partner in 2010, she completed education and workplace projects including a new business school for Kingston University, and was shortlisted for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year award in 2014.
Located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, the ‘Here East’ innovation Campus, previously the Olympic Media Hub designed by Allies and Morrison, has been repurposed by Hawkins\Brown Architects and the wider team as a place where enterprise and education come together in the pursuit of innovation. The buildings are characterised by their flexibility and range of spaces and uses, offering an example of positive adaption and urban future proofing.