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Harbinder Singh Birdi \

Widely regarded as an expert in major engineering-led civic projects, Harbinder leads 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 is a fellow of several esteemed organisations, including the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Institution of Civil Engineers, in recognition of his ongoing mentorship of new talent in architecture, and 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, and 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, in collaboration with Croydon Council, developed the innovative design for East Croydon station bridge – known as the first structure launched across an operational railway.

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

Bringing his expertise to a broader audience, Harbinder provides guidance on major infrastructure projects and public realm schemes as a member of the Mayor of London’s Infrastructure Advisory Panel and the HS2 Independent Design Review Panel, as well as sitting on design review panels for Camden, Croydon, Ealing, and Old Oak Common.

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 in the UK and internationally on professional practice and the delivery and construction of major infrastructure projects. He has lectured at Imperial College, the University of Cambridge, 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.

Within 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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