Jonathan French
Principal, Director and Regional Chair - Middle East,Woods Bagot

Jonathan is a Director of Woods Bagot (Holdings) Pty Ltd and Regional Executive Chairman for the Middle East.

Jonathan is a UK registered architect, a member of the RIBA, the Royal Society of Arts and holds a MBA. Jonathan has a distinguished international career in senior leadership roles including CEO of RMJM Europe, Managing Director of David Chipperfield Architects and as major project Director of Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd.

In his formative design years, he was awarded three Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prizes for undergraduate studies: The Allison Prize and the Bedford and the Aaron Scholarships. Jonathan is well respected in the market and has over 25 years’ professional experience in Europe, Middle East, Asia and America, where he has completed numerous significant projects in the commercial, education, public and lifestyle sectors.

Woods Bagot

Woods Bagot is a People Architecture company. We place human experience at the centre of our design process in order to deliver engaging, future-oriented projects that respond to the way people actually use space. We do this as a global design and consulting studio with a team of over 850 experts working across 17 studios in Australia, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Our Global Studio model allows us to work collaboratively across time zones and borders, using the latest technology to share design intelligence and strengthen our knowledge base around the world.


“I am pleased to be invited to this event to discuss risk in relation to architects. This is a subject more important today than ever before.”