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Spark ArchitectsSPARK is an award-winning international architectural and design consultancy with proven expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design.

SPARK creates distinctive projects across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Boasting a dynamic team of over 100 employees spanning 16 nationalities and 3 continents, SPARK combines the best experience of international and local talent. Driven by a philosophical approach to create architecture that is pragmatic, social and convivial, SPARK works closely with clients to create sustainable architecture that is underpinned by financial viability and the desire to improve the quality of life for all. With a presence in Beijing, London, Shanghai and Singapore, SPARK’s award winning projects include the rejuvenated Clarke Quay in Singapore, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur and the Raffles City projects in Ningbo and Beijing. Spark was founded by Jan Clostermann, John Curran, Stephen Pimbley and Sven Steiner.

Jan is a Founding Director and Chairman of SPARK.

Jan graduated from the Architectural Association in 2001. His diploma formulated spatial strategies for vertical neighbourhoods in London, rejecting the conventional paradigm that successful communities are a factor of low-rise and small scale developments.

This on-going enquiry into high-density public space consequently led Jan to move his base to Asia in 2003.

He has since conceptualised and delivered over 800,000 sqm of built mixed-use and retail projects and continues to drive SPARK’s research into emerging typologies.

He directed the teams responsible for some of SPARK’s most pioneering works including Raffles City Beijing and Raffles City Ningbo, Vanke Jiugong, Thaihot Fuzhou and One Mont Kiara, and he was Project Architect for Clarke Quay.

Prior to SPARK Jan worked at Alsop Architects’ London, Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai offices before establishing the Beijing office.

Stephen is a Founding Director of SPARK; he graduated from the Royal College of Art London in 1984 where he was a Gulbenkian scholar. Stephen started his professional career at the London offices of Richard Rogers and Partners subsequently joining Troughton McAslan before he became project Director of Alsop’s award-winning Hôtel du Département des Bouches du Rhône in Marseille. In 2000 Stephen led the rejuvenation of Clarke Quay in Singapore for CapitaLand, a project that has won many awards and achieved much public acclaim; it was also the springboard for his move from Europe to Asia and the eventual Founding of SPARK.

Stephen’s notable projects in addition to Clarke Quay include Raffles City Beijing, Rihan Heights in Abu Dhabi, Raffles City in Ningbo, Starhill Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Paragon City in Central Java, Fai-Fah in Bangkok, Bukit Gambir in Penang and the Shekou Financial Centre Shenzhen.

Stephen has lectured extensively in Asia has been an invited speaker at many events including Datum 2009 in KL and the Holcim Foundation’s prestigious sustainability conference in Jakarta. Stephen has also taught at universities in the UK, Germany, France, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

Stephen is a chartered architect in the UK and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Max joined SPARK to set up the London studio in September 2011. Max worked closely with the other SPARK Directors for many years prior to rejoining the group to re-establish a European footing.

As a Director in his previous firm, he was responsible for much of the practice’s work in Urban Design, including the major Vision for Croydon 2020, the mixed use Waterfront development in Walsall and significant new river-side developments in Karlsbad (Czech Republic) and Abu Dhabi.
In parallel he oversaw the London-focused residential, commercial and mixed use development of the practice and has recently been running teams on a variety of mixed use schemes both in London, the wider UK, Europe and the Middle East.

His work involves leading the design and planning process and engaging with key stakeholders in securing the public support and commercial viability necessary for the long term deliverability of complex urban schemes.

Max is a strong advocate of SPARK’s highly creative and collaborative approach to architecture and urban design and believes firmly that placemaking begins with a bold but sustainable vision.

He is committed to meeting the changing needs of the UK development community, bringing innovation and intelligent solutions to help unlock the current commercial challenges.
He is a Graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and received Post-Graduate and professional qualifications from the Bartlett and LSBU respectively.