Jason Flanagan

Date joined: 2005
Honours: BSc(Hons) MA RCA
Key Projects: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Soundforms, Acoustic Shells, Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion Hotel, Wembley Theatre,  Goldhawk Road, Millendreath

Jason is the Design Director for Flanagan Lawrence, and leads teams on a diverse range of projects, including performing arts centres and sound shells, rural and urban masterplans, hotels and spas, residential projects, and commercial offices.

With an extensive track record of designing public buildings for the performing arts, Jason has a special interest in acoustics and sound. Amongst his most innovative projects is Soundforms, the first-ever mobile acoustic shell with the capacity for a full orchestra. This modular structure not only shelters performers, but allows musicians to hear themselves, and projects sound to the audience. He has also recently completed; the RIBA Award winning Live Works for Live Theatre, located on the Quayside in in Newcastle Upon Tyne; the Acoustic Shells beside the beach in Littlehampton; and he also led the competition-winning scheme for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Comprising a concert hall, theatre, gallery space and café, the acoustics of the concert hall have been widely acclaimed. Jason is currently developing designs for; a New Music Centre at the University of St Andrews in Scotland; the MACQ Auditorium in Sunderland; and the Szczecin Amphitheatre in Poland. He is also on site with Riverside Studios in London, a new, highly flexible, state of the art, ‘Digital Arts Centre’. The project is due for completion in 2019.

In his role as design director, Jason is involved in all of the practice’s projects. These vary from residentially led mixed use schemes in Wembley – including private apartments and affordable housing – to individual houses in a village in Cornwall. Jason also oversaw the design of the award winning commercial scheme at 234 Bath Road, which creates a dynamic new gateway building to the SEGRO Estate. Additional workspace schemes include: R+ in Reading; The Embankment in Salford; and Glaxo House in Greenford, London. He was the Director responsible for the conversion of Shepherd’s Bush Pavilion into an award winning hotel.

Jason studied architecture at the Bartlett and the Royal College of Art, and then joined Foster + Partners in 1991. In 1997, he became Project Director for the Sage in Gateshead, a music centre comprising two performance spaces, a rehearsal hall and a music school. He was made Partner at Foster + Partners in 2004. Jason is a member of Audialsense – a sound art collaborative – with Paul Bavister of Flanagan Lawrence and Ian Knowles of Arup Acoustics. They have created sound art installations in a number of spaces including: the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern; the RIBA in London; and in a disused Gas Tank in Helsinki.

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