Episode Six – Michael Squire

Michael Squire
Michael Squire (c) Gareth Gardner

On the programme this week is Michael Squire.

In 1976 Michael founded his eponymous practice from a basement studio in Pimlico. Over the intervening 41 years the practice has grown at a prodigious rate, now being ranked as the 9th largest architecture firm in the UK, according to the AJ100 rankings. The firm now employs more than 215 staff.

The practice has moved several times from those early days, first to South Kensington and then Kings Cross, but  most recently to their stunning new building – The Department Store – in Brixton.

In this week’s episode we ask what it means to create ‘polite architecture’ and find out when you might get paid in traveller’s cheques.

We talk about succession planning and why you really can do without an HR department, but really shouldn’t go without buying your own building.

And finally we find out why it’s so important to still feel the fear.

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