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102: Portrait of a Practice with Tomas Millar & Dr. Thomas Yarrow

This is part 2 of my journey to Stroud, Gloucestershire where I was visiting the beautiful studios of the Millar + Howard Workshop. I’m speaking with two good friends and collaborators, Co-founder and Director Tomas Millar and anthropologist Dr. Thomas Yarrow.

Tomas trained at the University of Edinburgh and UCL, co-founding the practice in 2007 with fellow Director Tom Howard, initially building high end tree houses. Millar + Howard Workshop has become a highly innovative practice with both their implementation of tech and business models. Tomas has utilised drone-powered photogrammetry to 3D modelling to open source architectural details, as well as founding Livedin, a platform based business model that serves self builders who are looking create their dream homes.

Dr Thomas Yarrow completed his undergraduate degree in archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge University before undertaking his PhD in social anthropology also at Cambridge University, completed 2006. After completing his PhD he held a Leverhulme fellowship in anthropology at the University of Manchester. He has also lectured in anthropology at the Centre of West African Studies, University of Birmingham and at the School of Environment Natural Resources and Geography, at the University of Wales, Bangor.

His book ‘Architects: Portraits of Practice’ based on a study of the Millar + Howard Workshop explores the ‘struggle & doubts of the design process’ & ‘explores the architect’s world of anxiety, exhilaration, hope, idealism, friendship, conflict & personal commitment that feeds creativity’.

In this week’s podcast you will learn:

  • Insights from Dr Thomas Yarrow’s ethnographic study (deconstructing the practice of architecture)
  • How observation and documentation can be used to create marketing collateral
  • The productivity that comes from contradictions!

THIS WEEK’S RESOURCES

Discovery call with Rion https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

Millar Howard Workshop

https://www.mhworkshop.co.uk

Portrait of a Practice

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Architects-Portraits-Expertise-Technologies-Knowledge/dp/1501738496

 

Rion Willard
 

Rion Willard is the Host and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, an interview podcast where prominent guests share tips and strategies for success in architecture. He’s the founder of the The Thinking Hand Studio Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.

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