Partners

Fred Pilbrow

Senior Founding Partner

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Pilbrow & Partners is led by Fred Pilbrow, an architect with over 30 years’ experience designing award winning projects in the UK and abroad. His work is shaped by a passion for environmental sustainability and a belief that architecture should provide a humane and uplifting backdrop to the life of the city.

Fred Pilbrow has established a reputation for the design and delivery of complex mixed-use projects for leading private and public sector clients. A number of Fred’s completed projects have been located in sensitive historic environments and he has extensive experience of working with listed buildings.

Fred’s interest and experience encompasses architectural design across a range of sectors including office, retail, research, residential, hospital, hotel and cultural uses. In each case his design approach seeks a clear and rational response to the particular challenges of the site and brief. His work integrates considerations of long-term sustainability and wellbeing and to this end Fred has developed specialist in-house resources to support his design work. Recent projects include the redevelopment of 8 Albert Embankment for U+I, The Market Building for Canary Wharf, which forms the centre piece of their new Wood Wharf urban quarter, The Kensington Building at Kensington High Street for Ashby Capital and EDGE London Bridge for Dutch environmental specialists Edge Technologies.

Prior to founding Pilbrow and Partners, Fred was a Founding Partner at PLP Architecture in 2009 and before this he was a Partner at KPF’s London office. During that time he has been responsible for designing a number of significant London projects including the Heron Tower in the City of London whilst a Partner at KPF and the Francis Crick Institute whilst a Partner at PLP Architecture.

Tal Ben-Amar

Founding Partner

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Tal Ben-Amar is a Founding Partner at Pilbrow & Partners. He has broad experience in designing and delivering various residential, historic, civic, transport and education projects in the UK and abroad.

Tal is leading the delivery of The Kensington Building, a commercial-led mixed-building including a retail arcade to High Street Kensington Underground Station on Kensington High Street. He also leads the delivery of a new co-working hub within a refurbished powerhouse in Hayes. Both projects are currently on site.

Tal was the Partner in charge of the design and delivery of Greenwich Peninsula Riverside, a 530-unit residential scheme and public square overlooking the Thames. The Waterman was completed in 2017, marking the first phase of the masterplan. More recently, Tal led the team on our completed project at the Francis Crick Institute. The practice was appointed in 2018 to enhance the working environment for the Operations Team, adapting spaces to encourage greater collaboration and knowledge sharing within, and between, departments. The design approach included an extensive research and engagement programme with internal stakeholders and end users.

Tal has experience across a range of project types and sectors. Architectural proficiencies include programming, statutory/environmental assessment, planning, design, construction detailing and procurement.

In addition to leading design and delivery of high-profile projects, Tal is passionate about mentoring and encouraging the next generation of architects within the practice.

Tal received his Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, Israel and his Master in Urban Design from the London School of Economics.

Keb Garavito Bruhn

Founding Partner

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Keb Garavito Bruhn is a founding partner of Pilbrow & Partners and has over 20 years’ experience working on residential, civic, commercial, educational, and masterplanning projects in the UK, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

As Design Partner, Keb is leading the design proposals for various projects including M&S' flagship store on Oxford Street in London and EDGE London Bridge on 60 St Thomas Street, which will be the most sustainable office tower in London, offering next generation office accommodation and improved connectivity to London Bridge Station. He also lead the design and delivery of Medina House located on the Hove seafront, a locally listed Victorian bathhouse transformed into a environmentally sustainable private family home.

Keb is responsible for the design of The Kensington Building, securing planning approval for the reconfiguration of the building, including office accommodation, a new retail arcade and improvement of its surrounding public realm. He was also leading the design proposals for Centre House in White City, offering 527 residential units. The proposals, consented in 2019, include potential future connections from Wood Lane Underground Station into the development.

Prior to founding Pilbrow & Partners, Keb was an Associate Partner at PLP Architecture from its inception. Prior to PLP, Keb worked at KPF from 1996. Keb has over 15 years’ experience working on residential, commercial, educational, mixed-use and masterplanning projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Sam Yousif

Founding Partner

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Sam Yousif is a Founding Partner at Pilbrow & Partners. Sam has over 20 years’ in the design of mixed-use, residential, educational, hospitality, commercial office, healthcare and religious facilities and masterplanning. His project portfolio spans locations in the Middle East (Iraq, Syriah, UAE), Asia (Singapore), South America (Brazil), the USA, Europe (Italy, France) and the UK.

Sam led the team working on our mixed-use proposals for The Southernwood Site, located at the heart of the Old Kent Road Opportunity Area. In 2019 the scheme was granted unanimously based on the strength of the housing and retail offering, while activating the links between the public square and the future Burgess Park underground station. Sam was also Design Partner for our regeneration proposals for 8 Albert Embankment in Lambeth on behalf of U+I, delivering new homes, a new Fire Station, a new Fire Services Museum, a hotel, retail and office space. The scheme got the green light in 2019. Earlier, he led the team on the design of The Aspen. Currently under construction, our proposals establish a new public space as a centrepiece of this 35 and 65 storey mixed-use development.

Prior to founding Pilbrow & Partners, Sam was an Associate Partner at PLP Architecture from its inception and prior to this worked at KPF from 2008.

Gareth Wilkins

Partner

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Gareth has extensive design, construction and project management experience. At Pilbrow & Partners he has been responsible for the delivery of A House in Bayswater, a Grade II* listed private family house. Gareth has also been leading the design and delivery of Ingram House and 2-3 Robert Street, a residential remodelling of a Grade II* listed building for PPR Estates. He has been the Partner in charge of the recently completed new ENT and Dental Hospital in Bloomsbury for UCLH.

More recently he has been working on the restoration and refurbishment of the 2700-seat Grade II* listed EMD Cinema in Walthamstow, being converted to provide a mixed-use entertainment and leisure facility.

Proir to Pilbrow & Partners, Gareth was a Design Director and a team leader at a number of leading architectural practices in the UK and abroad. His projects outside of London include two major civic urban developments in Singapore alongside Pritzker Prize winner James Stirling and Michael Wilford, and he worked for Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) on a series of high profile commercial buildings in Tel Aviv and Seoul. Whilst at Proctor and Matthews Architects (PMA) he worked on a new office and education building in the historic heart of Hastings and was involved in the design and inception of the largest free form roof structure in the UK for Chester Zoo.

Clare Ralph

Founding Partner

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Clare Ralph is a founding partner of Pilbrow & Partners. Clare has worked alongside Fred and the other partners for nearly 25 years. At Pilbrow & Partners, Clare is Fred’s PA and assists the other partners and senior professional team. In addition, she manages the smooth running of the office, and is the first point of contact for clients and other stakeholders.