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108: Blurring the Line Between Architect and Developer with Henry Squire, Squire & Partners

So just before lockdown in a pre-covid world, I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Henry Squire, partner at Squire and Partners in their new home – the Department Store located in Brixton, South London.

The building is an extraordinary development led by the practice which revives a local Brixton landmark to create a series of collaborative workspaces supported by an evolving hub of creative, retail and community uses. Originally built in 1906 as an annexe to the Bon Marche department store, the design of the reimagined space has been informed by the existing fabric and layers of history.

Squire and Partners is a British practice founded in 1976 with an international reputation for architecture informed by the history and culture of where it is placed. Their award winning portfolio, for some of the world’s leading developers, includes masterplans, private and affordable residential, workspace, retail, education and public buildings.

Squire and Partners also have their own property and business portfolio, mixed-use developments at Northdown Street and Clapham Park Road, The Rockwell Hotel, a house and apartment development on Liverpool Road.

Henry Squire who is one of the partners at Squires who is responsible for leading the future of Squire & Partners into its next generation.

In this episode you will learn:

How the culture of practice has evolved in their new home
How the practice has moved from a 1st generation practice to a 2nd and is planning the 3rd
What does business mean to Squire & Partners

This week’s resources

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

The Department Store

https://thedepartmentstore.com

Squire & Partners

https://squireandpartners.com

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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