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Capita's Architecture Team Appoints Yasser el Gabry

2nd July 2014

Capita’s architecture team has appointed Yasser el Gabry as education director.

Yasser joins the company after ten years with Aedas where he was design director of the company’s London studio.

Yasser, who has over 20 years experience, is a specialist in design for the education sector including primary, secondary, further and higher.

Yasser spent his formative years in practice with Foster and Partners in London and Hong Kong, McAslan in London, and Ian Simpson in Manchester.

He was awarded the Oberdick Fellowship by the University of Michigan in 1995, allowing an 18 month sabbatical investigating design through leading undergraduate studios, construction classes and postgraduate electives. He has spoken at Ecobuild under the Refurbishing Britain session, ‘3 R’s on the curriculum: re-shaping, re-modelling, refurbishing’ and as an invited speaker at the Internationale Deutsche Schule Brüssel ’Schule neu denken’ Symposium , also hosting a workshop jointly with Stefan Behnisch.

His range of projects includes:

Harris Academy Purley, Croydon
This expanded new provision project reconciled levels and retained structures on a restricted, sloping site on metropolitan open land. Comprising 1100 pupils, the academy specialises in business & enterprise and sport and was completed in 2012. The design incorporated a research project commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board to develop design solutions for future climate resilience through simple, cost-effective measures.

Scholen van Morgen (Schools of Tomorrow)
Won in three successive competitions for bundles of schools in the Belgian government build-programme, these eight projects all sit within the Flemish region of Belgium. From entirely new through-schools, to modest new build Passivhaus-standard additions, each proposal is approached consistently setting out a design masterplan for existing and new accommodation alike. Completion is due in 2016

Vicarage & Brampton Primary Schools, Newham
The existing Edwardian buildings of both schemes were adapted to meet the needs of 21st Century teaching requirements and expanded from three form entry to four form entry employing Laing O’Rourke’s ‘Design for Manufacture’ system designed using an all-disciplines BIM platform. Completed 2012

Petchey Academy, Hackney
The academy comprises two triangular wings located either side of a triple-height top lit central space. At the centre a drum housing the auditorium and drama studio flexibly links with the atrium dining space to allow full-school assembly. Since completion in 2007 three additional minor projects expanding the academy’s provision have also been designed and executed.

Manchester Metropolitan University John Dalton Campus
The Faculty of Science and Engineering formed a mini-campus divorced from the main University campus by the Mancunian Way flyover. The existing complex of buildings suffered from poor wayfinding, poor IT integration, poor environmental conditions and physical separation from the main campus. A strategic review and masterplanning exercise resulted in the creation of a new entrance, legible circulation via a new axial link and secondary links to the main campus, placing a new IT laboratory and 200 seat auditorium at the Faculty’s heart. Completed 2004

University of Wolverhampton Millennium Building
Through analysing the functions, utilisation, synergies and condition of five existing university campuses a strategic masterplan for consolidating and coordinating the university estate was determined. The first phase comprised the demolition and redevelopment of a 1960s’ block. The new ‘Millennium Building’ provided 11,000sqm mixed academic accommodation for the Faculties of Psychology, Physiology and Art, together with a catering facility and pioneering social learning space. Completed 2002

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