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5 minutes with … Christopher Collett at Quantem Consulting


The firm’s youngest partner enjoys St Ives and pizza from Homeslice and he wants to know what goes on inside the SIS Building

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5 minutes with … Diego Padilla Philipps at WSP


Associate director at WSP says growing up visiting Peruvian building sites and working in Haiti after the earthquake have shaped his outlook on life

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5 minutes with … Ray Hutchinson at Gilbert-Ash


The firm’s MD enjoys his busy working life and to relax he takes long walks along the Northern Irish coastline

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5 minutes with … Jelena Cousins at Cousins & Cousins


Creative director was inspired by her parents to embark on her career but was appalled to be told by an ex-boss she could not be a good mother and a good architect at the same time

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5 minutes with … Rachel Bell of Stride Treglown


Director of Stride Treglown stresses the importance of role models and the need to make the industry more inclusive. She becomes chair of Women in Property on 1 March

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5 minutes with … Darren Comber at Scott Brownrigg


What has been your biggest career challenge to date? 

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5 minutes with … Graham Sturge at Red Construction


Nothing is impossible, according to the MD and co-founder of Red Construction, although the ability to travel through time still needs some work

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5 minutes with … David Shaw at Pick Everard


Pick Everard’s new national design director believes his biggest career challenges lie ahead, but can you tell what his secret skill is?

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5 minutes with … Shauna Bradley at Glenn Howells Architects


Director at Glenn Howells Architects in Birmingham on the challenges and joys of working in a profession that has no rules and her love of New York and sandwiches

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5 minutes with … Sean Clemons at RLF


The executive partner at consultants RLF changed career direction after spending a six-month sabbatical in Brazil. He wishes he could have helped to build the Large Hadron Collider

Bradley Baker

5 minutes with … Bradley Baker at CO-RE


CO-RE director has spent a career on projects in the heart of London, and so he dreams of the City spot where he’ll celebrate the end of the pandemic


5 minutes with … Julie Bregulla at BRE


BRE’s technical director grew up in Germany. She was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

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5 minutes with … Stuart Kings at Pagabo and Sypro


Life and work should be fun, insists the technical director at both Pagabo and Sypro. If they are not, you should ask yourself why


5 minutes with … Mike Wood at Hassell


The principal at Hassell says travelling around the globe, taking risks and being ready to fail have all been important aspects of his work

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5 minutes with … Stephanie Edwards


The co-founder of Urban Symbiotics has always been interested in how spaces shape people’s emotions

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5 minutes with … Matt Hall at Perfect Circle


Perfect Circle’s regional lead for the central Midlands has worked around the globe as both a contractor and a consultant. He plays touch rugby for England and explains why better never stops

Natasha Manzaroli

5 minutes with … Natasha Manzaroli at John McAslan and Partners


Reducing inequality and discrimination, inspiring potential students and apprentices and blowing brilliant bubbles are all in a day’s work

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5 minutes with … Richard Meier at Stories


The co-founder and chief executive of Stories is on a mission to improve the reputation of property developers… and to eat more pies

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5 minutes with … Paul Toyne at Grimshaw


Grimshaw’s sustainability advisor trained as an ecologist and has a butterfly named after him