5 Minutes With...

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5 minutes with … Ainhoa Erausquin at RLB


The sustainability consultant trained as an architect before moving to the UK from Spain wants to see a fundamental shift in how we design and build 


5 minutes with … Louise Townsend at Morgan Sindall Construction


Morgan Sindall’s tenacious director of social value and sustainability enjoys converting sceptics and doesn’t hang around in the bath.

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5 minutes with … James Richards at Edmond Shipway


Director of Edmond Shipway’s Nottingham office is a big fan of self-made entrepreneurs – and Derby County

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5 minutes with … Laurie Chetwood at Chetwoods


The firm’s founder and chairman is happiest breaking new ground with innovative and thought-provoking schemes, driving his vintage Aston Martin and eating fish and chips

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5 minutes with … Lanre Gbolade at Gbolade Design Studio and L&Q


The co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio enjoys working collaboratively and is always ready for a new challenge. He is also pretty nifty on a pair of ice skates

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5 minutes with … Trina Chakravarti at Building Better


The Building Better project director on the importance of innovative and collaborative working, growing up in Calcutta and her admiration for Dame Zaha Hadid


5 minutes with … Pedro Gil at Studio Gil


The founder and director Studio Gil is particularly proud of the work he has done for the Latin American community in London. He is also slightly obsessed with mince pies


5 minutes with … Matt Keen at Autodesk


The industry strategist at Autodesk has been running large-scale construction projects since his mid-20s – but he is still scared of heights. He wishes the industry would do more to appeal to the next generation

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5 minutes with … Rebecca Thomas at Fathom Architects


The director at Fathom Architects is a champion of craftspeople and wants to see a wider appreciation for creative processes. She is also an advocate of the Friday night margarita/margherita combination

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5 minutes with … Shahed Saleem at Makespace


The architect admires good builders and site managers but is less impressed with pessimists and Buckingham Palace


5 minutes with … Parm Bhangal at Bhangals Construction Consultants


Why did you choose construction as a career?

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5 minutes with … Matt Townend at Ecoworld London


The EcoWorld COO on the satisfaction he gets from creating a new environment, the challenge of getting the best out of his staff and how he enjoyed finally convincing his friends that he wasn’t an estate agent

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5 minutes with … Nick Fairham at BDP


BDP’s new chief executive is optimistic about the future and how the next generation can shape the industry. He has collected too much mid-century furniture and is apparently a pretty good hairdresser

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5 minutes with … Siobhan O’Brien of HB Reavis


The senior design manager talks about architectural stunners, a love of brunch and her secret car-racing skills

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5 minutes with … Nick Hartwright at Projekt


Nick Hartwright, CEO of workspace provider Projekt, appreciates the importance of being resilient and working your way up from the bottom. He drives a VW T25 and is pretty good at Lego


5 minutes with … Clare Cameron at PRP


The director at PRP specialises in later living projects and is a lover of contemporary architecture. She also has some “witchy powers”…


5 minutes with … Olutayo Adebowale at Cirkadia and the Design Council


The director at consultant Cirkadia on the importance of social value, her love of dress design and why Nigerian food is the cuisine to watch

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5 minutes with … Matt Voyce at Quintain


Quintain’s executive construction director says structural engineers are the unsung heroes of the sector and reveals his love of coffee, chocolate and cycling

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5 minutes with … Eva Mills at Hydrock


The building performance specialist admires Norman Foster and wishes the industry could be more inclusive. She also loves lobster and is learning to play the drums

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5 minutes with … Joy Nazzari at Showhere


The founder of proptech platform Showhere - set up during the pandemic - has worked on some of London’s biggest regeneration projects