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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Episode Five – Chris Dyson

Chris Dyson
Chris Dyson (c) Agnese Sanvito

On the programme this week is Chris Dyson, principal of Chris Dyson Architects – a multi-award-winning practice, much lauded for their sensitive conservation work on historic buildings in London.

In today’s episode we speak about Chris’s passion for drawing and his work for James Stirling.   We talk about going to boarding school and walking the plank. And finally, about making grand plans – or perhaps plans to be grand.

Chris originally studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and then at Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow before going on to spend 11 years working at James Stirling Michael Wilford and Associates.

Chris then spent three years as a Design Director at Sir Terry Farrells’s practice, from where, in 2003, he left to start his own firm.

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Episode Four – Mary Duggan

Mary Duggan (c) Katie Hyams

On the podcast this week is architect Mary Duggan.

In 2004 Mary and her then partner Joe Morris founded Duggan Morris Architects which quickly went on to become one of the most critically acclaimed young practices of the early 2000s.

Over the intervening 12 years the practice grew from a team of two – to now employing more than 50 staff. The rapid success of the business also coincided with the practice winning a huge number of architectural awards.

Earlier this year the practice announced an amicable demerger, with Joe continuing to lead Duggan Morris whilst Mary – along with nine members of staff – went on to launch a new practice Mary Duggan Architects.

I joined Mary at her new practice in Shoreditch where I asked about the nature of creative partnerships; about convincing clients and dealing with business growing pains. We also spoke about their Alfriston School Swimming Pool and the PedElle cycling challenge.

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Episode Three – Peter Rees

My guest this week is Peter Rees, now Professor of Places and City Planning at The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London.

Before returning to the Bartlett in 2014, Peter was, for nearly 30 years, the Chief Planning Officer in the City of London. Over this time he oversaw the architectural transformation of the Square Mile.

Peter Rees
Prof. Peter Rees. Image credit: UCL

In this week’s episode we find out which architect used a model of a stealth bomber as his inspiration. We talk about egos and editing; Penarth and Powerpoint. We ask why London Mayors are obsessed with changing the design of buses.

We find out how James Stirling called meetings and discover which influential architect would like to sleep – or pretend to sleep – in meetings.

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Episode Two – Hazel Rounding

Hazel Rounding
Hazel Rounding (c) Morley Von Sternberg

On the programme this week is Hazel Rounding, Director at award-winning architectural practice shedkm.

In this week’s podcast we ask what it means to have a ‘house style’.  We also talk about shedkm’s new style of house.

We talk about opportunities in Croydon and regeneration in Liverpool. We ask why colour palettes matter and from where architects get their inspiration.

Finally we discuss the process of opening a new outpost for your practice; we talk about retaining staff and maintaining an office culture.

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Episode One – Peter Murray

Peter Murray
Peter Murray (c) Simon Way

Architecture Masters is a new podcast about the people shaping our cities – a series of short conversations with some of architecture’s leading lights.

For this week’s episode we speak to acclaimed architectural communicator Peter Murray about his career spent writing and talking about architecture.

We discuss the founding of both Blueprint Magazine and the London Festival of Architecture.  Peter tells us how architects can be better communicators and how to make sure you get things done.

And finally, we find out which architect dressed up as a pantomime cow for a protest and which engineer went a year without speaking.
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Pilot Episode – Carl Turner

Architecture Masters is a new podcast series about the people shaping our cities – a series of short conversations with some of architecture’s leading lights.

Carl Turner
Carl Turner (c) Agnese Sanvito

For the pilot episode we speak to RIBA Manser Medal-winning architect Carl Turner about what it’s like to build, then sell your dream home.

We talk about gentrification in Brixton, the threat from Brexit and why architects are always moving offices. From a brutalist carpark in Peckham to temporary buildings in Tokyo, we talk about how long buildings should last and why architects have to take risks to get ahead.

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Building Something New

Architecture Masters is a new podcast about the people behind the buildings: a series of short conversations with some of architecture’s leading lights

These are the people quietly shaping our cities – all hugely respected within the architectural profession, yet somehow their modest profile often belies the impact they have on the world around us. Continue reading “Building Something New”