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5 minutes with … Ainhoa Erausquin at RLB

2022-01-14T06:10:00+00:00

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 

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5 minutes with … Louise Townsend at Morgan Sindall Construction

2022-01-07T05:08:00+00:00

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

2021-12-16T06:04:00+00:00

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

2021-12-10T06:01:00+00:00

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

2021-12-03T05:14:00+00:00

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

2021-11-26T05:40:00+00:00

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

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5 minutes with … Pedro Gil at Studio Gil

2021-11-12T06:30:00+00:00

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

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5 minutes with … Matt Keen at Autodesk

2021-11-05T06:12:00+00:00

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

2021-10-28T05:34:00+01:00

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

2021-10-08T08:15:00+01:00

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

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5 minutes with … Parm Bhangal at Bhangals Construction Consultants

2021-10-01T06:00:00+01:00

Why did you choose construction as a career?

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5 minutes with … Matt Townend at Ecoworld London

2021-09-03T08:10:00+01:00

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

2021-08-27T06:00:00+01:00

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

2021-08-20T05:00:00+01:00

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

2021-08-13T05:00:00+01:00

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

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5 minutes with … Clare Cameron at PRP

2021-08-06T06:33:00+01:00

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

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

2021-07-23T05:00:00+01:00

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

2021-07-16T05:00:00+01:00

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

2021-07-09T08:26:00+01:00

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

2021-07-01T05:00:00+01:00

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