100 episodios

Join UK architect Rion Willard as he interviews successful UK-based architects and designers on the secrets for running a profitable and impactful architecture practice. Learn how to master the game of business from some of the world's leading architects and designers.

Business of Architecture UK Podcast Rion Willard

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Join UK architect Rion Willard as he interviews successful UK-based architects and designers on the secrets for running a profitable and impactful architecture practice. Learn how to master the game of business from some of the world's leading architects and designers.

    106: Redefining an Architecture Business with Petr Esposito

    106: Redefining an Architecture Business with Petr Esposito

    Hooray! This was my first face to face interview since March, and what a delight it was to visit the impressive offices of the Thirdway Group, home of Thirdway Architecture, where I had the opportunity to sit down with founder director Petr Esposito.
    Thirdway Architecture is a traditional architecture practice that forms part of the Thirdway group, a progressive, cross-industry family of companies including D&B fit out, property contracts, furniture dealership and workplace interior consultants. These companies work together to deliver projects that are well aligned to the business agendas of their clients and the needs of the end users.
    In this episode you will learn:
    - How Thirdway Architecture identify the economics of good design and communicate this to their clients
    - How Thirdway Architecture put together their pitching documents
    - The innovative business structure that Thirdway Group uses to deliver projects
    THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
    Discovery Call with Rion https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Thirdway Architecture
    http://thirdwayarchitecture.com
     

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    105: Merging Traditional Practice with Artificial Intelligence with Nicholas Darby

    105: Merging Traditional Practice with Artificial Intelligence with Nicholas Darby

    This week I sit down with Nicholas Darby, an architect based in South Africa who has been running his own architectural practice, Imagine Architects, for over 10 years and has now begun an exciting journey merging his traditional practice with developments in artificial intelligence and software architecture.
    Nicholas worked in corporate practice, working on numerous commercial buildings around the world before setting up his own practice which focuses on high end residential.
    In this episode you will learn
    The areas of potential for artificial intelligence and machine learning in building eco systems Are architects in danger of being replaced by AI? Software architect vs Building Architect a new reformed, completely reinvented title THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
    Discovery call with Rion
    https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Imagine Architects
    https://imaginearchitects.co.za

    • 57 min
    104: The Value of Place with Angus Bruce, Head of Design for Landscape Architecture, Hassell

    104: The Value of Place with Angus Bruce, Head of Design for Landscape Architecture, Hassell

    In this episode I'm discussing the business behind landscape architecture with head of global Landscape design at Hassell, Angus Bruce.
    Based in London and originally from Australia Angus has more than 30 years of experience on award-winning projects across Asia, Australia and Europe, including the transformation of Sydney’s Darling Harbour precinct and the 15-hectare public realm of the Geopark Museum in Nanjing, China.
    Angus has developed a deep expertise in understanding how to bring innovative landscapes to life to meet business, environmental and social needs – and create natural, sustainable places people love.
    In this episode you will discover:
    - How Hassell aligns with the business agendas of their clients
    - How Hassell measures the success of projects that are civic focused
    - The anatomy of an international design business
    This weeks Resources:
    Discovery call with Rion https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Hassell
    https://www.hassellstudio.com
     

    • 43 min
    103: Building Team Culture with Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

    103: Building Team Culture with Sarah Wigglesworth, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

    "Architecture is utterly about people, and about making life better for people". I recently had the opportunity to sit down and speak with the inspiring Sarah Wigglesworth, founder of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.
    Sarah Wigglesworth MBE RDI FRSA RIBA MA Dip Arch is the director of her London-based architectural practice which she founded in 1994. Her work is acknowledged as a pioneering influence in British Architecture, and it focuses on exploring ecological building solutions. She writes and speaks extensively about her and the practice’s work. She was granted the title Royal Designer for Industry in 2012 and awarded an MBE in 2003.
    In this conversation Sarah discusses:
    - How the practice has been growing during COVID 19
    - The story of developing of her own home and studio
    - Winning work in the public sector and complications of procurement in the UK
    THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES Discovery call with Rion https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Sarah Wigglesworth
    https://www.swarch.co.uk
     

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    102: Portrait of a Practice with Tomas Millar & Dr. Thomas Yarrow

    102: Portrait of a Practice with Tomas Millar & Dr. Thomas Yarrow

    This is part 2 of my journey to Stroud, Gloucestershire where I was visiting the beautiful studios of the Millar + Howard Workshop. I'm speaking with two good friends and collaborators, Co-founder and Director Tomas Millar and anthropologist Dr. Thomas Yarrow.
    Tomas trained at the University of Edinburgh and UCL, co-founding the practice in 2007 with fellow Director Tom Howard, initially building high end tree houses. Millar + Howard Workshop has become a highly innovative practice with both their implementation of tech and business models. Tomas has utilised drone-powered photogrammetry to 3D modelling to open source architectural details, as well as founding Livedin, a platform based business model that serves self builders who are looking create their dream homes.
    Dr Thomas Yarrow completed his undergraduate degree in archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University before undertaking his PhD in social anthropology also at Cambridge University, completed 2006. After completing his PhD he held a Leverhulme fellowship in anthropology at the University of Manchester. He has also lectured in anthropology at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham and at the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography, at the University of Wales, Bangor.
    His book ‘Architects: Portraits of Practice’ based on a study of the Millar + Howard Workshop explores the ‘struggle & doubts of the design process’ & ‘explores the architect’s world of anxiety, exhilaration, hope, idealism, friendship, conflict & personal commitment that feeds creativity’.
    In this week's podcast you will learn:
    - Insights from Dr Thomas Yarrow's ethnographic study (deconstructing the practice of architecture)
    - How observation and documentation can be used to create marketing collateral
    - The productivity that comes from contradictions!
    THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
    Discovery call with Rion https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Millar Howard Workshop
    https://www.mhworkshop.co.uk
    Portrait of a Practice
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Architects-Portraits-Expertise-Technologies-Knowledge/dp/1501738496
     

    • 37 min
    The Intelligent Practice with Tomas Millar &. Dr Thomas Yarrow

    The Intelligent Practice with Tomas Millar &. Dr Thomas Yarrow

    In this episode I'm in Stroud, Gloucestershire visiting the beautiful studios of the Millar + Howard Workshop. I'm speaking with two good friends and collaborators, Co-founder and Director Tomas Millar and anthropologist Dr. Thomas Yarrow.
    Tomas trained at the University of Edinburgh and UCL, co-founding the practice in 2007 with fellow Director Tom Howard, initially building high end tree houses. Millar + Howard Workshop has become a highly innovative practice with both their implementation of tech and business models. Tomas has utilised drone-powered photogrammetry to 3D modelling to open source architectural details, as well as founding Livedin, a platform based business model that serves self builders who are looking create their dream homes.
    Dr Thomas Yarrow completed his undergraduate degree in archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University before undertaking his PhD in social anthropology also at Cambridge University, completed 2006. After completing his PhD he held a Leverhulme fellowship in anthropology at the University of Manchester. He has also lectured in anthropology at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham and at the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography, at the University of Wales, Bangor.
    His book ‘Architects: Portraits of Practice’ based on a study of the Millar + Howard Workshop explores the ‘struggle & doubts of the design process’ & ‘explores the architect’s world of anxiety, exhilaration, hope, idealism, friendship, conflict & personal commitment that feeds creativity’.
    In this week's podcast you will learn:
    - How Tomas is thinking about scaling his business utilising platform business models
    - How they use platforms like Airtable to customise work flows
    - How the Millar + Howard workshop uses a pricing matrix in their proposals
    THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
    Discovery call with Rion
    https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall
    Millar Howard Workshop
    https://www.mhworkshop.co.uk
    LivedIn
    https://livedincustombuild.co.uk
     

    • 44 min

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