The studio is led by Kevin Gray, an ARB-registered architect and Chartered Member of the RIBA. In a career spanning over 25 years, Kevin has worked with both Foster + Partners and Richard Rogers Partnership (subsequently Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), gaining expertise in the design and delivery of complex, innovative structures such as Antwerp Law Courts, One Hyde Park, the British Museum’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre and the Macallan Distillery.
In his roles as director and technical director at a number of leading UK practices, Kevin has developed a deep understanding of the functions, systems and ecologies of buildings and their power to uplift and drive positive change. His work is characterised by precise thinking, careful research, and a commitment to the wider social and contextual issues from which buildings and communities emerge.
Kevin originally founded Formwork in 2017 to consult within a number of leading architecture practices, providing technical and strategic advice at both project and leadership level. He continues to advise the boards of directors of these practices on their commercial and strategic direction as well as helping them to win bids, develop projects and mentor staff.
Following the success of Formwork, Kevin founded GRAY (his studio) in 2020, consolidating his considerable experience in a truly multidisciplinary service that combines architecture, urbanism and design. The studio integrates environmental engineering with architecture, and technology with craftsmanship in the creation, use and re-use of buildings and public spaces, generating elegant, cost-effective solutions from complex problems.
Kevin enjoys working collaboratively with clients and guiding professional teams. Drawing on his expertise in design leadership, he forges relationships founded on respect and personal accountability, encouraging decision-making based on investigation, evidence, common sense and an intuitive understanding of the less tangible elements which bring a project to life.
As the Architectural Adviser to BE FIRST, for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Kevin has a keen understanding of the client’s perspective regarding the challenges, possibilities and pressing need for sustainable high-quality housing in the UK.
Kevin has taught and lectured widely and is currently a technical tutor at the Bartlett, University College London. He is a Civic Awards judge and a member of the partner network at the London School of Architecture. In his role as Chair of Governors at a London community primary school, Kevin has delivered what Ofsted described as ‘outstanding governance’, recognising the impact of his clear leadership, passion and support for children, staff and the wider community.