19 November 2013
Global consultancy Aecom has recruited a top UK school design official to lead its global education team from January 2014.
Building magazine reported that the appointment of Mairi Johnson, currently deputy director for design at the UK’s Education Funding Agency (EFA), is hoped to strengthen Aecom’s global education team after its schools lead in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Darren Talbot, left for rival consultant Ridge in August.
Mairi Johnson is currently deputy director for design at the UK’s Education Funding Agency
At the EFA Ms Johnson has been responsible drawing up baseline designs for schools in England.
Aecom’s global head of buildings and places, Jason Prior, is reported to have recruited her.
"We are in the midst of a global revolution in the design of schools and other education facilities, one in which Aecom has taken a lead through its work on major programmes in the US, Middle East and Africa," he said.
Jason Prior Aecom’s global head of buildings and places was responsible for the recruitment (Courtesy of Aecom)
"The UK has always been a world leader in driving innovation for education and having someone with the experience and quality of Mairi lead our global education team will greatly enhance our integrated offer, as we strive to provide the best possible learning environments for young people across a range of social and cultural contexts," he added.
Her departure is reported to be amicable.