HASSELL will welcome award-winning architect Ben Duckworth as a Principal to be based in the Melbourne studio from December 2012.

Ben brings with him impressive design credentials having worked with some of the world’s most creative and respected international design practices over the past 15 years. After studying architecture at the University of Tasmania and graduating in 1997, Ben worked in Hobart and Sydney before being awarded the RAIA Polyflor Travelling Scholarship in 2003 and basing himself in Europe.

His most recent role was with Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland where he had been an associate since 2007. During his time with Herzog & de Meuron Ben was involved in projects ranging in scale from single spaces to master plans for 20,000 people and across various sectors including residential, sport, culture and education. Ben led the extension and expansion of the Tate Modern, Lords Cricket Ground Master Plan and the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the UK. He was also project director for the Kolkata Museum of Modern Art (KMOMA) in India.

Melbourne Principal Mark Loughnan welcomed Ben commenting that, “Ben joins HASSELL Principal Jad Silvester and myself in having previously worked with Herzog & de Meuron in Europe. We are excited to be working together again at HASSELL in Melbourne and contributing to a culture of design excellence for our clients locally, nationally and internationally.”

HASSELL and Herzog & de Meuron are currently collaborating on a shortlisted proposal for the Flinders Street Station International Design Competition – an iconic Melbourne project that has attracted entries from numerous international practices.