Green candidate in Highgate employed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid

Architect Zaha Hadid. Picture: PA Archive/Ian West.

Architect Zaha Hadid. Picture: PA Archive/Ian West. - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

An architect from one of the world’s leading design firms is among the Green candidates hoping to be elected in Highgate.

Matt Johnston, who works for world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid at her company’s Clerkenwell-based HQ, is standing for the first time on May 22.

His candidacy is being seen as a major boost to the party’s plans for housing policy, which include proposals for “innovative” co-housing developments.

Zaha Hadid Architects, owned by Ms Hadid, an Iraqi-British architect, has designed a number of high-profile buildings around the world, including the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.