Housing and urban planning specialist PRP has promoted two of its senior architects to the board as partners. Manisha Patel who joined the practice in 1995 and Jenny Buterchi who joined in 1999.
The appointments mean that woman make up half the board at the 230-strong practice, which reflects the high percentage of female staff at PRP and the positive inclusive culture of the firm.
Anne-Marie Nicholson one of PRP’s three senior partners said:
“Manisha and Jenny are being recognised for the exceptional work they have done and continue to do for the firm.”
“Half our workforce and now half of our board are women, which is testament to our way of working over many years. In a deliberate attempt to buck the industry trend, we have aimed to promote greater diversity, nurture our brightest talent and offer flexibility to work in a way that suits individual commitments.”
The board appointments follow PRP’s re-launch in 2015 which saw the introduction of a new brand, vision, and structure. The practice broke from its tradition of operating with a Chairman and Managing Director and now has three Senior Partners.
From April 1st the make-up of the board is: Anne-Marie Nicholson, Brendan Kilpatrick and Neil Griffiths (all senior partners); Rick Burgess, Frances Chaplin and Andrew Mellor; Manisha Patel; and Jenny Buterchi.
Manisha Patel an architect and urban designer who specialises in residential and mixed use masterplanning is currently leading on some of the practice’s most high profile projects including Chobham Manor, the first of the post-Olympic sites on the Queen Elizabeth II Olympic Park. She developed a new typology for Chobham Manor which facilitates multi-generation living, a design and cultural expression of her upbringing. She is responsible for the masterplan on Portobello Square which won the Mayor’s Prize at the 2015 Housing Design Awards.
Jenny Buterchi is an expert within PRP’s specialist housing group with some 20 years’ experience in the sector she regularly contributes at conferences, alongside managing a large portfolio of varied specialist housing projects. Jenny brings her sector expertise, motivational leadership style and strategic thinking to the board.