High-flying international architect comes home to join Bristol office of BDP

International architecture firm BDP’s Bristol studio has appointed Yuli Cadney-Toh as architect director.

Yuli, pictured, joins having worked on high-profile projects around the world including Sydney’s International Towers and Brookfield Place tower in Perth, Western Australia. 

Educated in Bristol and the West, she arrives at BDP with more than 25 years’ experience in the design and management of a range of complex projects spanning high-rise commercial, aviation, healthcare, residential and broadcasting.

Notable projects include Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Terminal 5, Channel 4’s television headquarters, Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck restaurant and the redevelopment of a Lottery-funded national centre of excellence in lightweight rowing in London.

Yuli formerly worked at Stirling prize-winning Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in Australia and London, and most recently at Woods Bagot in Australia and London, as well as running her own practice Toh Shimazaki Architecture in London.

A Bristol University graduate, Yuli said: “Coming back to the West of England is coming home for me. I’m very excited to be reconnecting with this part of the country after a career that has taken me around the world and I’m looking forward to working on projects that make a real difference to Bristol and the wider South West region.”

Head of BDP Bristol’s architecture studio Nick Fairham added: “Yuli brings outstanding experience in design ability, urban regeneration and commercial awareness. Her international perspective and strong local knowledge will be a great asset to our growing Bristol studio. We look forward to working with her to develop our growing portfolio of work in the region.

BDP set up its Bristol studio in 2003 and now employs an interdisciplinary team of 60 people in the city. It is one of six UK offices. In total BDP employs 900 people, making it the largest architect‐led firm in Europe. Among the Bristol office’s high-profile projects are the city’s new Southmead Hospital and Falmouth University’s Academy for Innovation and Research.


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