Following a degree in sociology and psychology at Bristol University and research in cognitive psychology, Alex studied at the Architectural Association in London. He joined Foster Associates in 1977 and worked on the Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank from 1981 to 1985 with responsibility for facades and special structures.
In 1986 he formed Lifschutz Davidson with the late Ian Davidson, and enjoyed considerable success with a string of award-winning buildings including two of London’s best known pedestrian bridges, a unique sustainable power station in Suffolk and several new Sainsbury’s supermarkets.
Alex has had a 25-year relationship with communities and businesses on London’s South Bank, working with the Coin Street Community Builders to regenerate an area, that was not long ago a twilight zone in the city, through development of co-operative housing, commercial ventures to support it and new urban realm initiatives. The groundbreaking OXO Tower mixed-use development a catalyst in the regeneration of the South Bank area which has gone on to become one of the most popular destinations in London.
Recent projects include a new community and arts centre in North London, a new international headquarters for Bonhams Auction House and a new sustainable suburb in south east London at Kidbrooke. Alex also led the practice’s work on the London 2012 Olympic Games, including the temporary overlay and design of two of the 16 Athletes Village apartment buildings.
His interest in the ability of design to create buildings and cities that respond to change and that are easily adapted by those who use them has led Alex to develop construction and furniture systems that empower users to easily alter buildings both in the initial construction process and throughout their life.
He is Past President of the Architectural Association and is Chair of Body & Soul, a charity devoted to children and teenagers affected by HIV.