I am really pleased that two of Cullinan Studio’s young architects have been recognised within the RIBA Journal’s Rising Stars 2016 Cohort. I have had the pleasure of working closely with both Brendan Sexton and Philip Graham over the last few years and the recognition is well deserved, a view I know is shared by our clients, and consultants with whom they work.
Brendan has an exceptional grasp on and enthusiasm for the practical application of new technology in architecture. This has helped in delivering some of our most technically challenging projects, both in their construction detailing and in the application of BIM and visualisation to an industry leading level.
Phil has a natural entrepreneuring attitude and a drive to look at problems in a different way. He has worked with several of our clients to find ways to unlock ‘impossible’ projects in ways that benefit them and the wider community, both in the UK and abroad. The RIBA Research Trust Award he secured this year for a cross-practice group developing appropriate housing solutions is testament to his determination to 'walk the walk'.
Gavin Edwards, Programme Manager for WMG at the University of Warwick, who has worked with Brendan over six years on a succession of projects; IIPSI, NAIC and the Innovate UK-funded research project ‘Immersive Visualisation in Construction’ says: “He has cemented that rare skill of absorbing detailed technical requirements whilst delivering elegant solutions that work at the strategic level. Brendan’s leadership on BIM/Visualisation has transformed the way we work.”
Peter Oborn, RIBA’s Vice-President International, who first met Phil on a UKTI-funded trade mission to Tripoli, Libya, says: “I was struck by the way in which he engaged with the complex political situation which we found on arrival. Philip was quick to grasp the ways in which we might help the Libyan government with its reconstruction efforts and was actively involved with the development of an MOU to support the architects of Libya to create their own architectural institute.”
Peter Inglis, Practice Leader