HLM appoints a new director to lead its London studio

Katie Parfitt takes on new role

HLM Architects has hired Katie Parfitt as studio director in London.

Parfitt joins the practice from TODD Architects and will be responsible for leading the studio’s team and a portfolio of clients which includes Royal Mail Group, Thameside West, and Northfleet Harbourside.

She is an experienced project leader with extensive cross-sector experience in residential, commercial, education, and pharmaceutical.

A specialist in distribution and logistics, her most-recent project was a 677,000sq ft distribution unit for a major retailer, where she was central in leading the planning application process, obtaining planning permission, procuring the contractor, and overseeing construction phases on the project. 

An active member of several professional forums, she is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of architects and works closely with the University of Reading on its Thrive Mentoring programme, a scheme designed for undergraduate students who would like to gain career advice and experience.

In her new role as London studio director, Parfitt will bring a collaborative and hands-on approach to leading the architectural practice and will work with the HLM’s senior leadership team on growing the practice in this key region. 

She said: “HLM is a leading voice on some of the industry’s defining topics like sustainability, social value, MMC, and digital innovation, which adds considerable weight to its reputation as one of the country’s most-innovative architectural practices.

“I’m excited to join a collective of people who share my passion, commitment and enthusiasm for architecture, and will support me as I forge my own path in leading the London studio.”

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