Brian Girard is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox with over 20 years of professional experience designing residential, commercial, institutional, and cultural facilities in London, the United States and Asia. Since joining the firm in 1997, he has designed some of KPF’s most high-profile projects, including a number of multi-family residential projects and mixed-use developments. Brian draws inspiration from the direct observation of places and the behaviour of people, and believes that our obligation as architects is to realize the great potential of our sites and the aspirations of our clients within a broader cultural context.
As Design Principal, Brian is presently leading KPF’s design for new communities in Earls Court - the largest redevelopment project in central London. The 77-acre masterplan will transform this area of West London into a vibrant urban district that supports sustainable living. Also in London, Brian leads the masterplan for Covent Garden, which includes a series of architectural interventions and preservation initiatives in a conservation area. Kings Court and Carriage Hall is an assemblage of residential, retail, and public spaces being built within a historic Covent Garden block.
The JR Central Towers in Nagoya, Japan is the headquarters of Japan Railways, a hotel, and retail building of 3,000,000sf associated with a national transportation hub. In Songdo International Business District (IBD) outside of Seoul, Korea, Brian led the design of the First World Towers residential community, which won the AIA New York Chapter Design Award. This multi-tower complex is comprised of 2,500 residential units, live/work spaces and retail within a network of public open spaces.
In New York, Brian was the Senior Designer for the large-scale expansion and renovation of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, in association with Taniguchi Associates. His experience in urban design includes the Hudson Yards masterplan in New York City, which will transform an underutilized infrastructural space on New York West Side into the city's next great neighbourhood. His design for Park Fifth, a proposed a 700-unit residential high-rise development in Downtown Los Angeles, received an AIA New York Chapter Design Award and the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Award.
A Registered Architect in the State of New York, Brian is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He received his Master in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he was the recipient of the John E. Thayer Scholarship awarded to the 10 most meritorious scholars of the University. He received his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.