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German de la Torre G

German de la Torre G

London, GB

 

About 

German de la Torre, a Colombian Architect in London

German (pronounced Herman) has come a long way from his career origins to become a fundamental member of design teams producing some of the most prestigious and important projects in the planet in recent years. He has led teams and packages for buildings such as the Tower 3 - World Trade Centre in New York, Apple Campus new Head Quarters project in Cupertino California, Riverside South tower for JPMorgan in Canary Wharf London, the Leadenhall building commonly known as the cheese grater in the city of London, NEO Bankside residential in London, the Commercial Bank of Qatar headquarters tower in Doha, Banco Ciudad of Buenos Aires headquarters building in Buenos Aires Argentina, among many others.

Before graduating from Architecture in Bogota, German won with 3 of his friends the first prize in an important competition to design a large leisure complex containing hotel, cottages and a golf resort in an area of incredible natural beauty just over 120km south-west from the capital.  This event led these young professionals to setup their own practice at an early stage in their career. "we found ourselves suddenly with our own office, with the responsibility of leading the design team and consultants for a multimillion project and we did not even have the chance to think about it, it was a huge responsibility with the client. We had to perform at top level so we were working incredibly long hours 7 days a week" says German recalling those memories with visible fondness.
Between 1996 and 2000 German won a number of other commissions and prizes in various competitions before deciding to move to Europe in 2001 looking to strengthening his formation with international experience.

Today, German performs as a senior Architect in the award winning office of Lord Norman Foster where he joined in 2010. In London, he has also worked for the studios of Sir Richard Rogers, Lisfchutz Davidson Sandilands and Avanti Architects.
By the end of 2012, German returned to London from Buenos Aires, Argentina where he spent 1 and a half years in charge of the new Head Quarters building for Banco Ciudad under construction "it was an amazing experience, I will always be very proud of this building. In a country of very capable people but where resources are far more limited compared to the UK results were difficult to obtain at the level you would expect on a Norman’s building. This project is a fine design and I am sure it will become an important Architectural referential in South America in the future. I left a big piece of my heart in Buenos Aires, a city to love". *

German has Lectured at the Bartlett School of Planning in the University College of London and has also been keynote speaker at the Universidad of Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad Javeriana in Bogota.

 

*Fragment from conversations with German de la Torre by Archimerica 

                                                                                                                                       

                                                                                                                                               Archimerica 2013

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Foster + Partners, London, GB, Senior Architect

Senior Architect
Project Architect
Responsible for the delivery of design packages.
Design Concept
Design Development
Detail Development
Construction Development

Sep 2010 - current
 

Independent Consultant for SDD - IKEA Real Estate, London, GB, Senior Architect / Project Manager / Design Manager

Senior Architect
Project Architect
Responsible for the delivery of design packages.
Design Concept
Design Development
Detail Development
Construction Development

Mar 2010 - Sep 2010
 

Lisfchutz Davidson Sandilands, London, GB, Senior Architect

Senior Architect
Project Architect
Responsible for the delivery of design packages.
Design Concept
Design Development
Detail Development
Construction Development

May 2009 - Mar 2010
 

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London, GB, Senior Architect

Senior Architect
Project Architect
Responsible for the delivery of design packages.
Design Concept
Design Development
Detail Development
Construction Development

Jan 2006 - May 2009
 

Education 

Kingston University London, London, GB, Masters, Professional Practice in Architecture

Jan 2009 - Dec 2009
 

Universidad Piloto de Colombia, Bogotá, CO, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1990 - Dec 1995
 

Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Bogotá, CO, BArch, Architecture

Jan 1989 - Jan 1990
 

Awards 

PFI Hospital competition for Avanti Architects, 1st Place

2002
 

Chamber of commerce Bogota, 3rd Place

1999
 

El pinar residential and masterplan, 2nd Place

1998
 

Swiss School Helvetia Research Centre, Honorable Mention

1998
 

Chamber of Commerce building Tunja, 2nd Place

1997
 

Private competition for a Hotel Golf Resort, 1st Place

1996
 

Areas of Specialization 



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