Paul was brought up in the north of Ireland, the eldest son of two teachers. Rural childhood holidays established his fascination with architecture and the unique ways he sees buildings formally imposing themselves in the landscape. The importance of the lasting relationship between the work we design and the natural environment remains at the forefront of Paul’s approach to building design.
For much of his professional career, Paul has moved between the United Kingdom and Asia. A lifelong itch to travel eventually led him to Shanghai, which is now home. Paul’s interest in the development of a viable public realm, as part of the rapid process of urbanization, is one field where he believes an architect working in China can make a lasting social contribution.