From the UK’s most famous practising architect to a reclusive duo in charge of a fast-growing contractor, Building has interviewed a variety of industry characters this year. Here’s our pick of some of our favourites


Lord Rogers: ‘Being old is alright, you know’

Richard Rogers

Britain’s most famous practising architect gives a revealing insight into his well-publicised falling out with the Prince of Wales, as well as the luck and dedication needed to keep winning and designing amazing buildings when you’re pushing 80. Click here to read in full

Kevin Taylor & Phil Pringle: ‘We like winning’

Kevin Taylor and Phil Pringle

Phil Pringle (left) and Kevin Taylor (right)


The reclusive pair behind one of the UK’s fastest growing contractors, McLaren, have never before given a full interview. Iain Withers recounts a somewhat prickly encounter with one of the recession’s big success stories. Click here to read in full


Bob Pell: Aecom’s interrogator faces the question

Davis Langdon

Pell was the man drafted in by Aecom to run Davis Langdon following the mysterious departure of Jeremy Horner. Here he defends the deal to buy out the biggest name in UK consultancy. Click here to read in full

Stephen Pycroft: The man who scaled the Shard

Mace: construction manager? consultant? project manager? fixed price contractor? In a rare interview in his last year at the legendary firm, Pycroft explains how defying expectations - and being unafraid of change - has allowed Mace to defy the recession. And what it’s like to build the Shard… Click here to read in full

Rob Perrins: Out of the shadows

Rob Perrins

Source: Tom Campbell

This was the interview where the man in charge of the UK’s most successful housebuilder - Berkeley Group - stepped out from behind the shadow of the group’s charismatic founder, Tony Pidgley. And turned out to have a fair amount to say for himself. Click here to read in full