Colm Tamney, Director
Colm Tamney established AIR Architects in 2010 after extensive experience on high profile and award winning projects in the UK and internationally. Upon graduation from University College Dublin in 1998, he worked at Burrows Cave International in London on international competitions, masterplans, commercial and leisure projects before joining Foster + Partners from 2000 – 2010.
At Foster + Partners, he worked on 1 London Wall, a £65m, 20,000 sqm office building in the City of London and he followed the project on site until completion. He also worked on the masterplanning of a 40,000 sqm office building over a major underground station in London. He went on to develop a feasibility project for two new ten-storey office buildings with large retail centres on the ground floors, on the existing London Stock Exchange site. He was also involved in the design of a 15-storey office tower in Paddington Triangle, as part of the regeneration of the area. He was project architect on the Thomas Deacon Academy in Peterborough which is a new £40m Academy for 2200 pupils. He oversaw the project on a day-to-day basis and followed the project on site until its completion. The project received an RIBA Award in 2008. He was promoted to Associate Partner in 2007 and was subsequently project architect on a 70,000 sqft mixed use building in the centre of Budapest comprising retail and office space as well as a public roof garden and 100 room boutique hotel.
Jurgen Kuppers, Director
Jurgen joined AIR Architects in 2017 after 20 years at Foster + Partners and has extensive experience in cultural, residential, commercial and infrastructure projects.
Jurgen worked on high profile and complex projects across the UK and abroad, such as the Stirling Prize winning Swiss Re St Mary Axe high rise (also called the ‘Gherkin’), in the City of London and with Colm Tamney on No1 London Wall, located opposite the Museum of London. Infrastructure experience includes Heathrow Terminal 2 and Haramain High Speed Rail in Saudi Arabia. Jurgen was made a Partner of Foster and Partners in 2011 and led the project for the Vieux Port in Marseille from competition to completion. He also worked on the competition winning project for MuReNa Museum in Narbonne, Paris. Residential experience includes involvement on Principal Place residential tower in the City of London and he led Landmark Place new residential project, a 16,000 sqm luxury residential building next to the Tower of London which is currently under construction. Jurgen led the Battersea Power Station Phase 3 project, a mixed-use development providing 600 residential units, a 5-star hotel, underground station, retail and restaurants, gym, residents lounges, a private clinic and London’s largest roof garden. Prior to leaving he led the competition winning scheme for the Sany Shenzhen 500,000 sqm mixed-use masterplan including residential, commercial, retail, transport and a new city park.