Lisa Finlay
group leader and partner, Heatherwick Studio

Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2011, Lisa Finlay has been responsible for some of the studio’s most iconic projects, including London’s Coal Drops Yard and 1000 Trees in Shanghai.

1000 Trees is a 3million square foot, mixed-use development next to Shanghai’s art district, the M50. The project includes retail, workspace, a hotel, parkland and the conservation of four historic buildings. The first phase due to complete in early 2020.

Coal Drops Yard comprised the restoration and transformation of two Victorian industrial buildings to create a new retail quarter and public space in King’s Cross, London. Lisa worked closely with the developer, heritage bodies and stakeholders to introduce a curving roof to stitch the historic coal drops buildings together – creating a third storey of retail and unifying heart to the site. The project opened in October 2018.

Lisa founded 7N architecture practice in Edinburgh in 2009. Here she delivered two award winning projects in social housing and public realm, while leading large scale cultural-led regeneration projects for Scottish Enterprise, British Waterways and the Glasgow Canal Regeneration Partnership.


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