Adrian Friend, is an architect with over 23 years experience. After studying at Kingston University and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where he was awarded a distinction, he began his practical training with Alsop and Stormer working on the innovative ‘big-blue’, the Hotel du Department Marseille, France, and in 1993 joined John McAslan & Partners where he was responsible for the new Imperial College Library extension.

Whilst Director of Hodder Associates, London Office, Friend was responsible for the delivery of a £50M portfolio and contributed to the practice, inaugural Stirling Prize Winners, winning an additional eight more RIBA Awards. Valuable knowledge was also gained on the addition of a new auditorium and student/conference accommodation to Arne Jacobsen’s grade 1 listed St Catherine’s College Oxford.

Whilst Director of Architecture at the Norwich University of the Arts, Friend helped implement a new course exploring the common ground between teaching and practice, a shared teaching pedagogy through design ethnography. Latest practice based research is conducted at the Royal College of Art where Friend is a visiting Senior Lecturer specialising in application of manufacturing processes to housing and is also Phd Supervisor. 

A regular writer for architecture and design magazines and blogs including Reyner Banham Thinking Friend contributes to current architecture debates in leading publications Blueprint, Architects’ Journal, Wallpaper* and Architecture Today.

Affiliated construction industry interests include RIBA’s Sports Forum panel member and membership of the Mountain Bothies Association. As a trustee for the Robert Grace Trust and  ambassador for NGO Education Africa stakeholder in the Jouberton Nursery, Adrian continues to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa.


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