Articles Grimshaw announces the formal opening of its Paris studio

Grimshaw has formally announced the opening of its Paris studio, with Kirsten Lees taking the position of Managing Partner leading on the growth of the practice in France.

With a presence in Paris since 2017, Grimshaw initially worked with Société du Grand Paris, Egis and Ingerop on the reference designs for two new stations - Mairie d'Aubervilliers and Fort d'Aubervilliers. This collaboration continues, alongside the practice’s work on other projects including the design team of Rapas pedestrian bridge in Toulouse — a key connection to the ‘green lung’ of the city, the Ile de Ramier.

Currently a 15 person-strong team, the Paris studio will be led by Kirsten Lees - formally Grimshaw’s London Managing Partner - and will work alongside Grimshaw's seven international studios. Kirsten takes on her new role, working with London partner, Declan McCafferty, who is leading the studio’s projects for the Grand Paris Metro and Alice Barrois, recently promoted to Principal, taking the position of studio lead.

"We have already experienced, after five years working in France, collaboration and cross-pollination of knowledge and international expertise on projects in Paris and key cities across France."

Alice Barrois, who joined Grimshaw in 2014, working in the practice’s London and Sydney studios before relocating to Paris in 2017, has over 10 years’ experience delivering projects across sectors including rail, infrastructure, and mixed use. She led the team to win the Rapas bridge in Toulouse and is currently leading the studio’s projects with Société du Grand Paris and the development of the Grand Paris Metro and a number of competition entries on projects across France and the Francophone regions including our shortlisted scheme for a new conference centre in Tahiti.

"As a practice we look forward to continuing to work with like-minded clients and consultants integrating our context-led, socially and environmentally-driven design and construction experience.”
— Kirsten Lees, Paris Managing Partner, Grimshaw

“With my experience across three of Grimshaw’s studios, and a personal focus on delivering projects that takes inspiration from and protects the environment and our fragile planet. I am incredibly pleased to be in my native France and able to work with clients to drive for change across the industry – increasing our focus on diversity, equity and seeking solutions that provide for sustainable, liveable cities of the future.”
— Alice Barrois, Principal, Grimshaw