Design and commercial business expert Martin Pease has joined WATG as managing director of the company’s London office. Pease was most recently with Atkins North America, where he served as head of architecture and building engineering for the past four years, growing the firm’s business by 40% across six offices.
Pease’s 25-year career spans the U.K., the U.S. and the Middle East. Prior to his tenure with Atkins, Pease was head of architecture for Dubai-based developer Damac.
The U.K. native’s diverse portfolio encompasses large-scale mixed-use projects along with work in aviation, rail, residential, commercial and public architecture. Notable projects include the Getty Centre in Los Angeles; the Glyndebourne Opera House in the U.K.; the Navy Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Glasgow College in Scotland; a new terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans Intl. Airport; and the Trump Golf Course Clubhouse in Dubai.
During his time in the U.K., Pease worked for several firms including Richard Meier, Michael Hopkins, Stride Treglown Architects and Atkins U.K. From 2008 to 2015, Martin was involved with the British Council for Offices, serving on both national and regional committees.
“[Pease’s] commercial savvy, design talent and leadership skills will enable WATG to significantly scale our U.K. operations with a continued focus on delighting our clients and delivering excellent design,” says Anthony Mallows, president and ceo, WATG, who was profiled in Boutique Design’s May 2018 issue. “His experience with large-scale project delivery will bring a unique perspective to our London operations and our global team at large.”
Pease adds, “I’ve always admired WATG’s reputation for design excellence and the firm’s incredible portfolio of work from the past 70-plus years. I’m incredibly excited to contribute to the firm’s vision for growth and honored to join such a highly talented and passionate design team.”