The Manchester studio of architecture practice BDP has appointed Tom Hewitt from 3DReid as international retail director.
Hewitt was previously director at 3DReid specialising in retail development. He was also the responsible for the overall design integrity of all projects within the national and international offices, as well as co-ordination of design direction for the Group. His role at BDP will be to promote the firm's retail practice at an international level.
Previous design commissions include the Lakeside Shopping Centre in Thurrock, Trinity Square in Gateshead, Tipping Street in Salford as well as international projects in Nord Centrum and Lasnamae Centrum in Tallinn and Zhongsham Nam Lu in Nanjing.
Hewitt is also a former president of the Birmingham Architectural Association.
He said: "BDP's Manchester studio is rightly regarded for its strong retail expertise and the opportunity to join the experienced retail team and work alongside my colleagues in London, Birmingham, Shanghai, Delhi and Rotterdam was the fulfilment of a personal ambition.
"I look forward to exporting the skills and knowledge we've developed to exciting international retail projects."
Gavin Elliott, head of BDP's Manchester studio, said: "Tom will be an invaluable addition to the BDP team. As well as our domestic retail experience, BDP have also recently undertaken international projects including the Vasco de Gama Centre in Portugal and the Wuxi Ikea Shopping Mall in China. Tom's wealth of experience will be vital in growing our international retail portfolio."