Senior team at Grant Associates strengthened with three key promotions

August 25, 2023

Bath-based international landscape architecture practice Grant Associates has promoted three of its people to associate director, paving the way for them to play key roles in its management and future direction.

Danny Nagle, Chin-Jung Chen and Ibrahim Diaz Vera, pictured, were previously senior associates at the firm, which employs more than 70 people from nearly 20 countries across its design studios in Bath and Singapore.

These include qualified landscape architects, architects, 3D modellers, BIM and visualisation specialists and IT technicians.

Grant Associates said the trio would now be involved in the day-to-day running of the Bath office, as well as driving new business, client relationships and staff development.

The firm is best known as lead designers of Singapore’s world-recognised Gardens by the Bay, pictured below, and the Superbloom experience at Tower of London, Grant Associates’ work also includes supporting Bath’s Forest of Imagination community arts event. It also won the Best Show Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2021.

Grant Associates founder and director Andrew Grant said: “Over the last year we have been considering how we can more effectively manage the growing team here at Grant Associates and develop a positive plan for the future. 

“We have concluded that now is the right time to appoint a number of associate directors to support our decision-making and day-to-day business management.”

He said the selection was not easy, given the “considerable skills and expertise” of all its senior team, some who have been with the firm for well over 20 years. 

“In the end, though, we felt the combination of Danny, Chin and Ibrahim would give us the best diversity of experience, interests and skills to inject fresh energy and focus into our future business strategy,” he added.

“All three associate directors are fully qualified landscape architects with extensive project experience and knowledge.

“As well as overseeing UK and international landscape projects from conception to completion, they will liaise closely with counterparts in Grant Associates’ Singapore office to share ideas and identify the most effective ways of collaborating on projects.” 

Grant Associates describes its work as reconnecting people with nature in insightful, delightful and distinctive ways while addressing the global challenges of urbanisation, the climate crisis and biodiversity extinction.

Its design process is underpinned by a knowledge of human behaviour, nature and ecological science combined with innovative design technology.




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