Jack Pringle

Jack Pringle

Jack studied at the Bristol University where he won the Professor’s Prize before qualifying as an architect. He worked for Sir Phillip Powell at Powell and Moya for eight years, working on social housing and other public sector projects. In 1981 Jack started his own practice, which currently operates at Perkins+Will.

Jack has worked for an international client list on offices, hotels and particularly, major office fit-out projects; clients include Rothschild, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Allen and Overy. During this period Jack has become involved in changing the world of work through research, collaboration and practice. He is particularly interested in how new technologies drive work practices and how smart premises design can support business objectives.

Jack is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres (a French government cultural honour), a founder Fellow in the Institute of CPD and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In June 2012 Jack took the Chair of the Construction Industry (CIC) for a two year term.

Jack has worked extensively for the RIBA in the area of practice and education. He has travelled widely advising governments, universities and schools of architecture on architectural education. Jack was elected president of the RIBA in September 2005 for a two year term during which he campaigned on climate change, reforming the UK public procurement through PPP and PFI, training architects to work with school children, improving the design quality of the 2012 Olympics, improving the quality of design of UK housing, reforming the planning system and developing the RIBA’s world class cultural collections. Jac

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    Reasons to be cheerful

    2018-01-05T07:00:00

    The year will have Brexit running through it. But despite the negativity, there will be opportunities for construction to prove itself robust

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    Turmeric lattes all round!

    2017-11-14T09:45:00

    Media and tech firms’ desire to provide their young talent with playful and flexible working spaces embedded in a vibrant community is changing how we build

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    Brexit: Small world

    2017-03-29T06:00:00

    London - a global city with top-calibre international architectural staff - is about to feel the effect of Article 50 and all that follows. Can the profession maintain standards in a newly constrained landscape?

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    Housing: Great shakes

    2017-05-23T11:56:00

    If you look hard enough, something positive has come out of this turbulent world politics and frenzy of electioneering

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    Dreaming of Margate

    2017-07-19T06:31:00

    On the run-down north Kent coast is a living example of regeneration in action. With its contemporary art gallery and now the revival of Dreamland amusement park, Margate has become a model for culture-led revival

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    No, it's not going to be all right

    2017-09-12T13:40:00

    As the slow-motion suicide that is Brexit unfolds into full horror, we see the pound set to sink below the euro, government encroaching on parliament’s democratic powers, and proposals to inhibit employers from recruiting talent overseas

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    Specs and the City

    2015-11-25T15:27:00

    The City of London has progressed past its original Square Mile perimeter physically. Now what businesses want culturally from the urban landscape has also changed

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    Gold Medal for the diva

    2016-02-08T13:08:00

    With a portfolio that pushes the limits of what is possible, Zaha Hadid proves being relentlessly demanding pays off

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    Picking teams

    2016-04-19T14:16:00

    The Brexit referendum could transform the UK from a cultural and economic global focal point to a recession-wracked pariah

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    Office politics

    2016-06-02T06:00:00

    A passionate case was made for Britain to become more involved with the EU

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    Negotiating a post-Brexit position

    2016-07-20T06:00:00

    The British economy could well slip into recession as a result of the decision to leave the EU - and negotiating a benign post-Brexit position will take years. We have no option but to choose the best model and make a good fist of it

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    Brexit: Glass half full

    2016-09-29T06:00:00

    We may have made a grave mistake in leaving the EU, but little can be achieved by dwelling on a bad hand. Perhaps we can do ‘Apple in Ireland’ incentive schemes: tax breaks, transport links and a Plymouth port that looks like Singapore

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    It's immigration and jobs – stupid, not the economy

    2016-11-18T06:30:00

    Brexit and Trump’s election victory are just the start, western democracies will have to rethink their policies and how they serve ordinary people

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    Singapore-on-Thames

    2017-02-01T06:00:00

    Smart technologies could allow us to turn cities such as London into more healthy and less frustrating places to live. One Asian state has an app for that

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    Sweet home Chicago

    2013-07-31T10:35:00

    Jack Pringle takes a trip to the Windy City and finds that the next generation of workers want something very different from the buildings where they do business

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    Ditch the ARB

    2013-10-11T06:00:00

    It’s not just that the Architects Registration Board is without purpose - it’s also a drag on innovation and change and threatens the very existence of the RIBA

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    2014: Catch it if you can

    2013-12-20T06:00:00

    After a grim start to the year, workloads and demand have really picked up and 2014 now seems a much more positive prospect. Now we just need the supply, capacity, skills and wages to catch up - and fast

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    Anything you Cannes do ...

    2014-03-10T17:16:00

    Forget festival fatigue - the south of France has lost none of its magic, and MIPIM is its networking capital. But what’s diffferent this year is that it will be the Brits who will be leading the way

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    Mipim blog: Where are the red trousers?

    2014-03-13T12:32:00

    Architect Jack Pringle with his daily blog from down on the Croisette in Cannes

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    Let's update industry education

    2014-05-22T06:00:00

    As other professions’ education systems keep up with modern technology and ever-changing industries, the architecture and construction systems are getting left behind. But there are many ways of updating the industry’s teaching practices

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