AN ARCHITECT working in the USA is encouraging more of his British counterparts to tackle projects in the States.
Huddersfield-born Jonathan Wimpenny, who has been based in New York for the past 20 years, was one of the speakers at a conference in London to outline opportunities for British architects to get involved in projects across the Atlantic.
Mr Wimpenny, who studied at the former Huddersfield Polytechnic’s School of Architecture and was apprenticed with Huddersfield architect Arthur Quarmby, has been in practice in New York since 1986. His father Harry lives in Slaithwaite.
Mr Wimpenny said: “Despite the UK recession – and perhaps because of it – many UK architects are seeking design contacts abroad.
“Perhaps in this new era of President Obama, UK architects will lead with their expertise in sustainable architecture for the built environment.
“This conference is intended to give advice and assistance in the practicalities of establishing a presence in the United States.”
Mr Wimpenny, a sole practitioner, will discuss how UK architects can go about establishing a practice in the USA, licensing, and business development.