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125: The Business of Listening with Darren Bray, Studio B.a.d

This week I’m speaking with Darren Bray the founder of Studio B.a.d, at the RIBA (pre lockdown), about the future of the profession, the power of listening and going beyond traditional architectural service propositions.

Darren launched his own practice Studio – B.a.d in Hampshire: A thoughtful design studio interested in the social value of how 21 century architectural practice and how it can bring about community benefit through practice, education and research. They are based in Southampton and are currently engaged in domestic projects in Bilbao, Scotland, London, Southampton, and the New Forest, as well as the Dorset Tank Museum and a church refurbishment in Portsmouth. Previously

Darren has spent the past 20 years, in private practice, coordinating a broad range of projects, including private houses, interior projects, community projects, educational projects, listed buildings & sports facilities. He was a key member of the multi award winning Pad Studio team. He has also Spent 10 years as a part time studio tutor at Portsmouth School of Architecture from 2007- 2017.

In this episode you will discover:
– Why listening is the architect’s secret sauce
– How architects and students can go beyond traditional boundaries and invent new career typologies
– Why analysing our client’s business plans empowers design


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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.