Harbinder Singh Birdi \

Harbinder is considered an industry expert in major engineering-led civic projects. As Senior Partner, he heads the Hawkins\Brown Infrastructure and Transport team, providing design leadership on all projects within the sector. He is a chartered architect and a member of the previous Architects’ Journal 40 under 40 list. He holds numerous fellowships including the Royal Institute of British Architects for his on-going mentorship of new talent in architecture, and the Institution of Civil Engineers for his expertise in the design and delivery of major infrastructure projects.

Harbinder is currently delivering architectural designs for two of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects: Thames Tideway, three new stations at Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool Street for Crossrail 1 The Elizabeth Line. He led the design for a £600 million upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station for London Underground and, working in collaboration with Croydon Council, Harbinder developed the innovative design for East Croydon station bridge; known as the first structure launched across an operational railway.

Harbinder also has extensive experience of working with artists. At Tottenham Court Road station he is responsible for integrating the greatest number of in-situ artworks within a London underground station, collaborating with noted contemporary artists Daniel Buren, Douglas Gordon, and Richard Wright.

Bringing his infrastructure and transport expertise to a broader audience, Harbinder is a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel, HS2 independent design review panel and sits on the Croydon Place Review Panel; he provides guidance on major infrastructure projects and public realm schemes.

Within the cultural sector, Harbinder delivered the New Art Exchange in Nottingham - the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to a culturally diverse contemporary arts programme. Harbinder is also a trustee of Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery; a Grade I-listed building designed by Sir John Soane in Ealing, West London.

Harbinder lectures on professional practice in the UK and internationally on the delivery and construction of major infrastructure projects. He has lectured at Imperial College, Cambridge University , the Bartlett and UCLA. He is a RIBA Part III Professional Examiner and a member of the RIBA Validation Panel. He is part of the ‘Speakers for Schools’ initiative, which encourages children from state schools to join the design and construction industries.

At Hawkins\Brown, Harbinder leads our mentoring professional development and training programme for architectural graduates, which is recognised as one of the best in the industry.

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