Since joining Grimshaw in 1981, Neven has led design teams on 21 major completed projects, six of them international. Career highlights include the Stirling Prize shortlisted Bijlmer Station → in Amsterdam, and Waterloo International Terminal → which garnered more architectural awards than any other Grimshaw project. He is currently a member of the Stewardship Group, which oversees the values, ethos and standing of the practice, both internally and externally.
Neven is the lead architect for HS2 Curzon Street station in central Birmingham; a linchpin of the HS2 scheme and a gateway to the city of Birmingham that will create opportunity for regeneration and a vibrant new civic space.
His work also spans several sectors other than transport. In higher education he is currently working with the Universities of Cambridge and Southampton →, and has overseen buildings for the London School of Economics → and UCL. →
He has completed two major exhibition halls, one for the Frankfurt Messe → and the other for ExCel →, six large commercial office buildings, two large Amsterdam bridges →, an ice rink, not to mention the Sainsbury → mixed use development in Camden Town.
Widening the practice’s gaze has been one of Neven’s most recent priorities. This has included forays into large scale master planning such as the competition winning northern extension to the City of Tirana →, as well as technical research projects such as the recently delivered CTBUH paper entitled the ‘The Vertical Master Plan’ that proposes methods of phasing tall buildings in a similar manner to conventional master plans.