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GNA Appoints New Joint Managing Directors

GNA Appoints New Joint Managing Directors

GNA is pleased to announce that Adam McPartland and Lisa Deering have been appointed as Joint Managing Directors as our award-winning architecture practice celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Adam McPartland & Lisa Deering

Both Adam and Lisa, who previously held the roles of Equity Directors, have developed their careers at GNA, having joined the practice in 2011 and 2008 respectively.

Their promotions will see former Managing Directors and founders, Lyndon Glancy and Patrick Nicholls, continue to use their extensive knowledge and experience to support the management team and clients as Founding Directors.

Being appointed as Managing Director of Glancy Nicholls Architects alongside Adam is a huge honour and an exciting opportunity. Building upon the success cultivated over two decades under the leadership of Pat and Lyndon, our focus remains steadfast on propelling the practice into a new era of innovation and achievement, whilst continuing to provide quality support to our many clients across both the public and private sectors.

Lisa Deering Managing Director, GNA

With a dedication to award-winning design, sustainable architecture, and reliable commercial acumen, we aim to not only maintain but elevate GNA's reputation as a leading practice in the Midlands and the wider UK.
Working with our talented studio team, we're committed to upholding the core values of creativity, collaboration, and client satisfaction that GNA is proud to be known for. Our future will be defined by groundbreaking, sustainable designs, thoughtful placemaking, and the continued growth of the practice.

Adam McPartland Managing Director, GNA

During his time at GNA, Adam has developed a specialist knowledge in high rise buildings and urban regeneration, with projects including some of the tallest approved buildings in the UK outside of London. Notable projects include One Eastside, which is currently under construction and set to be one of the Midlands regions tallest buildings, the recently approved Friar Gate Goods Yard in Derby, The Goodsyard Apartments in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and South Central Tower, Birmingham.

South Central Tower Under Construction

Photo by Jack @prophotographypictures

Passionate about delivering meaningful design that exceeds clients’ expectations and improves user experience, Lisa has gained a reputation for quality in a variety of sectors, from education to healthcare, residential and commercial. Projects include The Regeneration of Perry Barr, Etruscan Square in Stoke on Trent and Loudon’s Yard for Moda Living, part of the wider New Garden Square masterplan which is currently under construction in Edgbaston Birmingham.

The Regeneration of Perry Barr

RICS Regional Awards 2022 - Residential Project

The Glancy Nicholls team has also earnt a reputation for its success in the public sector, including work for universities, local authorities, and social care. Projects include the University of Birmingham Energy Accelerator Building, the listed refurbishment of The Exchange, Tyseley Energy Park and the award-winning Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library.

The Exchange, University of Birmingham

RIBA Regional Award & Conservation Award Winner

Adam and Lisa’s passion, commitment, and integrity echo the principles that both Pat and I set out with when we founded the business. Upon these foundations Adam and Lisa will lead the studio, continue to support our clients and deliver the design quality that we have successfully achieved over the past two decades. I am delighted for them both and look forward to seeing what they achieve together in a new chapter for GNA.

Lyndon Glancy Founding Director, GNA

Lyndon Glancy & Patrick Nicholls, Founding Directors, GNA

Lyndon and I founded Glancy Nicholls Architects in a small studio in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter and we have overseen the company’s development for the last 20 years. I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved in that time, and I’m equally delighted that two outstanding architects such as Lisa and Adam will now take on the management role, ensuring our future success. As well as supporting our new MDs, Lyndon and I will concentrate on maintaining excellent existing client relationships and ensure the quality of our work continues to be at the highest level.

Pat Nicholls Founding Director, GNA

Ada Belfield Centre and Belper Library

AJ Retrofit Winner & RIBA Regional Award

Since its inception in 2004, GNA has won multiple awards including The MacEwen Award for architecture for the common good, the AJ retrofit award and multiple RIBA regional awards.