“The one thing that unifies our approach is the search for clarity. We are very analytical and don’t bring preconceived ideas to the table. We get chosen because we bring freshness and innovation to the process. The over-riding unifying feature is the search for the clear, elegant solution.” With an extensive track record of designing public buildings for the performing arts, Jason has a special interest in acoustics and sound. Amongst his most innovative projects is Soundforms, the first-ever mobile acoustic shell with the capacity for a full orchestra. This modular structure not only shelters performers, but allows musicians to hear themselves and projects sound to the audience. He has recently completed the award winning concrete acoustic sound shells beside the beach in Littlehampton and he led Flanagan Lawrence on the competition-winning scheme for the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, comprising a concert hall, theatre, gallery space and café. The acoustics of the concert hall are already widely acclaimed. He is currently developing designs for the new Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, a theatre for Imagine Nation beside Wembley Stadium and Liveworks, a project for Live theatre in Newcastle incorporating an external performance space in a new urban courtyard beside the River Tyne. Jason studied architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture at London University and at the Royal College of Art. During his studies he worked for Conran Roche Ltd and Armstrong Associates. He joined Foster + Partners in 1991 and in 1995 Jason was made Associate, delivering designs for a 3,000-seat conference centre at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. In 1997 he became Project Director for the Sage in Gateshead, a music centre comprising two performance spaces, a rehearsal hall and a music school. He was made Partner at Foster + Partners in 2004.