Five principals depart to set up new practice in wake of unsuccessful bid to buy out London office

Five principals at the London office of architecture Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) have left the firm, it has revealed.

The five include Lee Polisano, who was president of KPF internationally as well as founding partner of the London office.

Polisano, along with David Leventhal, Karen Cook, Ronaldus Bakker and Fred Pilbrow, left by “mutual agreement”, the architecture practice said.

The five were all involved in a failed takeover bid in July, when the London office unsuccessfully attempted to buy its way out of the company.

It is now understood that the five architects, led by Polisano, will set up a new practice in London.

A Eugene Kohn, chairman and founding partner of KPF and head of the London office, said: “I'd like to thank the five individuals for their contributions to KPF and wish them the best for the future.”

Polisano said: “It's been an honour and a privilege to work at KPF and we look forward to this new chapter in our careers.”