Founding Partner and Director, SPARK Architects
Stephen Pimbley is founding partner and director of SPARK Architects. He began his undergraduate professional career at YRM in London, working on the North Terminal of Gatwick Airport. Upon graduating, he worked at the London of ce of Richard Rogers and Partners, designing the project installations for the Rogers room of the Rogers Foster Stirling exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in 1985. In 1990, he joined Alsop and Lyall as project architect for the award-winning Hôtel du Département des Bouches du Rhône in Marseille. Stephen was promoted to director in 1994 and partner in 2000. Following his time in Marseille, he worked in Hamburg, Berlin and Rotterdam. In 2000, Stephen set up the practice’s Asia studios and designed the Clarke Quay Redevelopment, Singapore
In 2009, along with former colleagues, Stephen established SPARK Architects. He was responsible for the design of Raf es City Beijing, winner of Best Future Mixed-Use Development at the Cityscape Asia Awards 2008 and Raf es City Ningbo, Best developer Mixed Use award at the Cityscape China Review Awards 2008. Stephen’s recent accomplishment includes Rihan Heights, a residential development in Abu Dhabi, Paragon City in Semarang, Indonesia and the redesign of Starhill Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Stephen has lectured extensively throughout Europe and Asia, speaking recently at the Retirement Living World China 2014 conference in Shanghai. He has taught at universities in the UK, Germany, France, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Stephen is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.