One of the world’s preeminent “mega building” architects, Jo Palma, has joined global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will to support and expand its worldwide operations. Internationally renowned for designing some of the tallest and largest sustainable building complexes in the world—including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, Belgium; Baltimore Tower in London, England; the Cayan and Rolex Towers in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates; and the Liansheng Financial Center in Taiyuan, China—Palma will leverage his expertise to serve a growing portfolio of clients in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He will also work globally on special commissions.
“Jo’s architectural acumen, international savvy, and passion for sustainable design and social responsibility are natural complements to Perkins+Will’s values, and we are delighted that he has joined our team as Regional Design Director, EMEA,” says Perkins+Will President and CEO Phil Harrison. “Our global clients will benefit from his highly sought-after design expertise and his think-outside-the-box approach to customer service and project delivery.”
Based out of Perkins+Will’s London office, Palma will spend his first 90 days becoming acquainted with his local, regional, and international team members and beginning to engage with clients and communities in the EMEA, emphasizing design excellence, sustainability, and innovation.
“It’s not just about planning and designing buildings; it’s about enhancing entire communities—each of which has a unique story, history, and set of cultural needs,” says Palma, whose award-winning work spans five continents.
In addition to mega buildings, Palma’s experience includes designing and master planning complex mixed-use and residential projects, high-security government headquarters, commercial transportation hubs, community centers, and civic institutions. Examples include The Capital in Cairo, Egypt; the Dublin Airport New Terminal Expansion in Dublin, Ireland; Brazil's TAV High Speed Rail assessment studies; the Paulinia Smart Community in Paulinia, Brazil; Admirala Lazareva in St. Petersburg, Russia; and the Panama International Convention Center in Panama City, Panama.
Born in Portugal and having lived in Canada, England, and the U.S., Palma is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish. He served in the Portuguese Navy, holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Toronto in Canada, and earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Victoria College in Canada.