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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”