GAJ partner moves to GEMS Education

Graeme Fisher

Dubai-based architecture firm GAJ (Godwin Austen Johnson) today announced that one of its partners, Graeme Fisher, will join GEMS Education as the head of design and infrastructure.

Since joining the firm in 2006, Fisher has led his design team in the areas of masterplanning, commercial and hospitality and also headed up the education team.

Fisher commented: “I am hugely excited by the opportunity and challenge of taking on this role at Gems. I have harboured a desire to move over to the client /developer side of the industry for some time.


“I have a genuine affinity for school and education design and I sincerely hope that I can make a positive contribution to the growth of this dynamic company.”

Fisher moved to Dubai in 2006 to join the GAJ team, where his design and leadership talents were quickly recognised by managing partner and principal Johnson and he was offered partnership in August 2007.

He added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at GAJ and have been privileged to work with some fantastic people both within the practice and the profession as a whole.

“I will be forever indebted to Brian Johnson for the faith he displayed in me in making me one of his first partners.

Johnson commented: “We are very sorry to lose such an energetic and talented architect and partner but this sadness is of course tempered by our understanding that he has found an opportunity to develop one of his major passions – the importance of good architecture in educational buildings. We wish him well and I am confident that we will not have seen the last of him.”

Fisher’s career began in 1995 where he worked on the design and delivery for the first international school in Brunei. In 1997 he returned to London where he became the sector director for education at Sheppard Robson.

The first quarter of 2012 has seen a number of changes at GAJ, with the arrival of Kevin McLachlan as head of interior design and the launch of the GAJ MEP subdivision. The practice has won new projects across the education, hospitality and residential sectors.

Overall responsibility for the education team will be taken over by David Green, a partner in the firm since 2007, assisted by Jason Burnside head of schools projects, who was made a partner earlier this year.

Green stated that the GAJ team are currently working on three major new schools within the region as well as a number of on-going school and university projects.

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