Paul Zara

Paul Zara is an Architect and Urban Designer, and is a Director of Conran & Partners.

Paul trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, before joining Conran & Partners in 1986. He has worked on major mixed-use developments including the regeneration of the Butlers Wharf estate by Tower Bridge, London, home of the Design Museum. He led the Bluebird restaurant project in Chelsea and Ocean Terminal, a major retail and leisure building in Leith, Edinburgh’s port.

More recent work has focussed on housing around the UK, both new build and refurbishments, many of which have won significant awards, both in social housing and the private sector. Current projects include a major residential project on the Thames in Hammersmith and the redevelopment of Notting Hill Gate, London, converting the 1960s building to residential use, with improved retail space and offices.

He now heads up Conran’s Brighton office. Paul was born in nearby Lewes and lived there for 18 years. He moved to Brighton in 1990 and then to a house he designed in Hove in 2005. His interests include on-going research in to 1930’s architecture and he has been involved in events and publications connected with this subject. He led the restoration of Embassy Court, on Brighton’s seafront.

He has served as a Civic Trust Awards Assessor for over ten years was an active member of Arts & Business in the South-East. He has also been a regional assessor for the RIBA awards. In 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is also chairs the Brighton branch of the South Coast Design Forum (now Design Brighton).

Paul regularly contributes to architectural publications and gives talk on various architectural issues at the University of Brighton, local and London based events.