Graham Collingridge studied at De Montfort University, Leicester, gaining his BA in 1996, his Graduate Diploma in 2000 and qualifying in 2001, with a further Post Graduate Diploma in Practice Management.
Between studying Graham worked for Studio BAAD, mainly for the ‘commercial’ wing dealing with projects ranging from interior design to large urban scale shopping complexes via private houses, nurseries, hospitals, night clubs, arts centres, offices and warehouses.
These included Warrington Arts Centre (completed 2001 and Chavasse Park shopping centre collaborating with Philip Johnson and Cecil Balmond). Graham joined Foster + Partners in 2000 where his first role was to assist in the design and co-ordination of a complex Design and Build at No. 1 London Wall as it moved to site activities. No. 1 London Wall was completed in 2003.
Graham Collingridge has also worked, as a Project Architect and Job Captain, on a number of office buildings, residential buildings and mixed use developments in the UK and France.
Hermitage Plaza consisted of two towers containing offices, a hotel and residential apartments are ITGHs (Immeubles de Tres Grande Hauteur); while the lower rise pavillions containing offices, retail, an art gallery, student housing, nightclubs and an auditorium is an ERP (Établissements Recevant du Public). Soon to be the tallest towers in Western Europe, Hermitage Plaza was granted a Permit de Construire in 2012.
Graham Collingridge was the job captain for the Patent Office Building Roof Enclosure project for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. from inception to completion, designed with Gustafson Guthrie Nichol as Landscape Architect. The project was completed in November 2007, and is featured as a selected project by Foster + Partners.
One of his last projects at Foster + Partners was a large mixed-use project for Hammersons at Principal Place, on the edge of the City in Hackney. A 600,000ft² office, a 50-storey residential tower poised delicately over railtracks, retail, workspace and affordable housing was granted Planning Permission in summer 2011 following six months of design development, including a full Environmental Assessment and 16 week major Planning Application review by Hackney Council.
He was promoted to Associate in 2005, and Associate Partner in 2006. In Spring of 2012, Graham set up Collingridge And Smith Architects.