Paul trained at the universities of Bristol and Edinburgh. He joined Bob Allies and Graham Morrison in 1984, the year the practice was founded, following the successful competition entry to redesign the space between the National Gallery of Scotland and the Scottish Academy at the Mound in Edinburgh. He is a regular lecturer in the field of the arts, higher education, conservation and masterplanning.
Paul has remained involved across the whole range of the practice’s work, leading a number of public, cultural, educational and urban projects. He was the partner responsible for the transformation of the Royal Festival Hall and the new Planetarium Centre for Modern Astronomy at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, as well as leading a number of town centre regeneration projects and health projects including the Maurice Wohl Institute, a new clinical neuroscience research institute building for King’s College London. The Royal Festival Hall was nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2008.
Paul is currently a member of the Design Council CABE Design Review Panel and the South Downs National Park Design Review Panel and sits on the London Advisory Committee of Historic England (previously English Heritage). Additionally, Paul is an examiner for the University of East London.