Nic Jacobs Joins WATG

LONDON—Nic Jacobs and two designers from his firm Jacobs Webber here have joined WATG.

During the 10 years he led Jacobs Webber, he developed commercial, mixed-use, and urban projects in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to that time, Jacobs was with Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM) in New York and London for 14 years, the last five as Design Director at SOM London.

Jacobs and his team, Richard Collings and Chia-Liang Huang, will form part of the growing Urban Architecture studio group in WATG’s London office, where they will help lead the company’s move into large-scale urban projects. WATG CEO Mike Seyle commented: “Nic’s amazing portfolio of built urban projects only touches on the breadth of his skill, artistry, and passion for great design. We look forward to combining forces with Nic and his team to design and deliver even more beautiful and spectacular properties for our clients.”

“We’re looking forward to bringing our experience in designing mixed-use projects in the UK and abroad to the talented WATG team,” stated Jacobs.

Jacobs’ designs have been called “unapologetically modern.” They are notable for their innovative use of materials and environmental credentials, like the grand roof extending over the front courtyard of the Portico Madrid, for curvilinear forms both interior and exterior, like those of the Rocco Forte five-star hotel in Abu Dhabi, and for use of color, like the rainbow-graded array of vertical slats on the façade of the Viacom (MTV) HQ in London. Some of the other outstanding buildings designed by Jacobs and his team include the Atlantico Arena in Lisbon, the 50-story residential Panpeninsula tower in London, the Philips headquarters offices in Amsterdam, and the Citibank offices in Manama, Bahrain.

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