Lendlease chief: We want to learn how to use design-led practices

Jonathan Emery, Lendlease

Developer aspires to add more small architects to the mix

The managing director of Lendlease’s European property business has said the developer is keen to appoint more smaller, design-led practices to jobs that require particular ingenuity.

Jonathan Emery admitted the firm was a “work in progress” and needed to find a balance between risk and innovation – but that he believed investing in quality design would pay dividends.

He also revealed the firm recently held a charette to find new architects and would do it again because the two-day process had been much more effective at building trust than a regular design competition, he said.

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