Jamie Fobert is the architect for the Kettle’s Yard building project. Originally appointed in 2004 to design the new Education Wing, when the project grew to encompass improvements to the gallery and welcome spaces too we were delighted that Jamie Fobert Architects were able to continue working with Kettle’s Yard.
‘We are delighted to be working with Jamie Fobert and his team to renew and enhance Kettle’s Yard. The designs seek to sensitively respond to the history of the site while creating bold and beautiful new spaces for art and learning.’
Andrew Nairne, Director
Back in 2004 Jamie Fobert was unanimously selected by the panel to undertake the development of Kettle’s Yard for reasons that hold true today, including his respect for the historic context of the building and sensitive approach to Kettle’s Yard, his use of daylight and his inventive approach to problem solving, in particular when remodelling existing buildings.
Jamie Fobert was born in Canada and studied at the University of Toronto. He arrived in London in 1988 and worked for eight years at David Chipperfield Architects, including overseeing the set-up of a new Berlin office. Jamie founded his own practice in 1996.
Jamie Fobert Architects (JFA) has established a reputation for innovative and inspiring architectural design in the residential, retail and arts sectors. Working with diverse clients, from cultural organisations such as Tate to luxury retailers such as Givenchy and Versace, the practice has demonstrated a consistent approach to resolving client ambitions and site complexities into a tactile architecture of volume, material and light.
JFA has garnered several awards, including RIBA Awards, the Manser Medal, and the RIBA and English Heritage ‘Award for a building in an historic context’. The practice has won three major public commissions for cultural organisations: Tate St Ives, the Charleston Trust and Kettle’s Yard, all of which have begun on site in 2015. Other current projects include private houses in London and Trinidad and the interior of a new department store in an historic palazzo in Venice.
Selected cultural projects
JFA’s first commission from an art institution was in 2002, when Tate Modern invited the practice to create the installation for an exhibition of life-size sculptures in the Turbine Hall, ‘The Upright Figure’. See: http://jamiefobertarchitects.com/work/upright-figure/
In 2006 and 2007, the practice oversaw the installation of the Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park, London. See: http://jamiefobertarchitects.com/work/frieze-art-fair/
In 2008-10, JFA transformed Constantin Melnikov’s 1926 Bakhmetevsky bus garage into the Garage Museum for Contemporary Art in Moscow. See: http://jamiefobertarchitects.com/work/garage/
In 2012, the practice was selected to design a major gallery extension for Tate St Ives, which is also under construction in 2015 and 2016. See: http://jamiefobertarchitects.com/work/tate-st-ives-extension/
View the plans for Kettle’s Yard and a few visualisations here: http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/about/development-plans/