Key Speaker

Amin Taha

Amin Taha was born in Berlin in 1972, later moving to the UK, where he undertook his education. He graduated in architecture from the University of Edinburgh, before gaining experience at a variety of practices, including Andris Bersins & Associates, Rick Mather Architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Chris Wilkinson Architects (later Wilkinson Eyre) and Zaha Hadid Architects.  

Taha set up an independent architectural studio after leaving Zaha Hadid, later incorporating it as the Groupwork Employee Ownership Trust to allow architects, as well as those in related disciplines, to collaborate within a long term and open structure. 

As well as running the design and detailing of projects, Taha writes, teaches and lectures on architecture, sits on the RIBA National and International Awards Jury and acts as an independent consultant to property-related research groups and funds. 

Taha’s practice has won several Bristish and international architecture awards. Recent projects include Barrett’s Grove, a six-storey gabled block constructed of Cross Laminated Timber and enveloped by a facade of perforated brickwork, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2016. 

15 Clerkenwell Close, London, which comprises eight apartments, including Taha's own home and an office for his architecture studio, was designed around a structural exoskeleton made from raw quarried limestone replete with fossils. The project is both acclaimed – it won a RIBA National Award – and controversial. Nimby protestors have prompted the local council to apply to demolish the building.