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BCO names new President

Ken Shuttleworth, founder of international architectural practice Make has been appointed as the new President of the British Council for Offices (BCO).

Shuttleworth was formally appointed to the role at the BCO’s AnnualGeneral Meeting on 11 July, taking over the position from Cushman & Wakefield’s EMEA Chief Executive, John Forrester.

As Chairman of the BCO Annual Conference held in London earlier this year, Shuttleworth set out the vision for his Presidential year, inviting delegates to look at London with fresh eyes and respond appropriately to new challenges and opportunities to ensure London truly remains a world class city.

Shuttleworth started his career at Foster + Partners, and founded Make Architects in 2004. Among the practice’s recently completed schemes are the 5 Broadgate office for UBS and British Land, a five-star hotel in Chengdu, and a flagship office scheme for The Crown Estate in Westminster.

Projects currently on site include new residential developments in Hong Kong and Mumbai, the redevelopment of a key transport hub in Sydney, and two major mixed use schemes in London’s West End.

In 2013 Shuttleworth set up the Future Spaces Foundation to advance research and debate about the future of the spaces we work and live in.

Speaking about his new role, Shuttleworth commented: “I am delighted to be taking up my role as President of the BCO. This organisation has an important role to play in articulating the state and requirements of an industry which is very much a barometer of the economic position of the country. There is undoubtedly caution in the industry at present due to the wider political context, but there is also a new agenda being developed, which is hugely exciting. There’s debate around wellness, around the need for greater flexibility, around the potential for greater community and the de-formalisation of our working spaces. If we focus on these challenges, we can ensure that our commercial spaces retain their position as the best in the world, remain at the forefront of innovation and design, and continue to attract the best people.”

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