Les has the distinct honor of providing structural engineering for three RIBA Stirling Prize award winners, the UK’s top architectural award.
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Les Postawa is a founding director of the firm’s London office, with 38 years of experience as a structural engineer. Prior to joining Thornton Tomasetti, he was closely involved with three projects that went on to win the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize: MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome with Zaha Hadid Architects (2010), the Barajas Airport in Madrid with Richard Rogers Partnership (2006) and the Centenary Building at the University of Salford in Manchester, UK, with Hodder Associates (1996).
Since establishing the firm’s London office in 2006, Les has continued to inspire architects with award-winning structural designs, including the 2011 Wood Award for the Waddesdon Archive at Windmill Hill in Aylesbury, UK, with Stephen Marshall Architects.
An Illustrious Career of Collaboration
Les began his career with Oscar Faber and Partners in 1976, working on a variety of large commercial, industrial and residential projects. He joined Anthony Hunt Associates in London in 1984, where he worked on Schlumberger Cambridge Research with Michael Hopkins Architects and the London Peace Pagoda in Battersea Park. He also led a team in the London office working on The Sackler Galleries with Foster + Partners and the Wimbledon Theatre with RHWL Architects. Later, he collaborated on Sheringham Leisure Pool with Alsop & Lyall and the McAlpine Stadium with HOK.
In 1993 he became a founding partner in Stephen Morley Partnership. His depth of experience and management skills helped to rapidly develop this practice, successfully handling prestigious projects including a new stadium for Chelsea Football Club with HOK. He rejoined Anthony Hunt Associates in 1997 as director of the London office.
Outside of Work
Les shares his passion for fast cars (Jaguars, Aston Martins and Bentleys) with football (supporting Liverpool FC since he was seven years old). He relaxes by sketching and painting, primarily landscapes but also still life. Not surprisingly, he most enjoys working on art gallery and museum projects.
• Structural design
• Movable roofs
• Lightweight and cable structures
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