042: “Having the Balls to Diversify” with Pol Gallagher of ZAP Architecture

In this week’s episode I speak with founder of ZAP Architecture Pol Gallagher. Pol and the ZAP team have created an exciting and entrepreneurial practice who have become their own clients on a number of projects including the reuse of a dilapidated Victorian theatre into one of London’s premier trampoline parks (ZAP Space), which is also where their practice studios are based. And yes I did have a bounce! ZAP’s work includes art installations, live events, award winning garden’s at the Chelsea flower show and an array of home extensions to super prime properties in some of London’s most prestigious postcodes.

In this episode you will learn

– The key fundamentals you need to get your own projects off the ground

– Why it takes courage to diversify and why architects should take the risk

– The dangers of taking on the wrong projects


Zap Architecture https://www.zaparchitecture.com

ZAP Space https://zapspace.co.uk


TICKETS TO Business of Architecture Live Event



041: Using Emotional Intelligence to Win Work, Retain Talent & Grow a Business with Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore

Using Emotional Intelligence to win work, retain talent & grow a business with Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore.

This week’s podcast delves into a topic that so many successful business owners, industry thought leaders and CEOs place as the most important business skill of them all – Emotional Intelligence.

Our emotional intelligence underpins all of our decision-making, our ability to take action, handle interpersonal relationships and our overall experience of life. In business it is everything and self-awareness through cultivating Emotional Intelligence not only enables us to reach our business goals faster but also enriches every facet of life.

In this podcast Louise Rodgers, a qualified, accredited executive and business coach and Rachel Birchmore an experienced strategic marketing consultant and trained business, personal & leadership coach discuss Emotional Intelligence and how it architects can use it in their business.

In this episode you will learn:
– Simple Emotional Intelligence practices that can build powerful relationships
– How to use Emotional Intelligence to retain staff
– Why Emotional Intelligence is the key to winning the right kind of work

TIX for BOA UK 5th March 2019

040: 20 Business Growth Shortcuts for Under £500 with Rion Willard

This week is a rapid quick fire brainstorm of marketing, advertising and growth strategies for under £500 that can accelerate your business’s growth if executed. I’ve picked up many of these from speaking to many architects, business mentors and entrepreneurs on the show and I use many of these both with the Business of Architecture UK and in my own architecture practice.

In this episode you will get
– 20 Business Growth Hacks for your Practice
– Get a 2 page cheatsheet containing the hacks
– Marketing Strategies for Architecture Business Growth


Downloadable Cheat Sheet

EARLY BIRD TIX for BOA UK 5th March 2019


039: How to Win & Deliver Colossal Projects as a Small Practice with Tomas Stokke and Dimitris Argyros of Haptic Architects

In this week’s Podcast episode I speak with co founder, Tomas Stokke and Senior Associate, Dimitris Argyros of Haptic Architects about how as 20 person practice they have been able to deliver colossal projects at infrastructure scale around the world. This remarkable feat has been enabled by a unique company culture which focuses on the art of deep collaboration both with their clients and larger practices (100 people +) to facilitate high levels of design thinking and solutions to projects which demand the highly developed systems, processes and experience of a corporate practice.

In this interview Tomas and Dimitris share how Haptic works with practices both larger and smaller than themselves and how they have systematically gone about winning and delivering projects such as airport terminals, transport infrastructure, governmental buildings, aquariums and regeneration plans.

In this interview you will learn

  • The Keys to Deep Collaboration
  • The benefits you can bring to large practices and how to sell them on it
  • How to cultivate collaboration internally amongst staff


Tomas mentioned if you wanted to collaborate with them to get in touch. Their details can be found on the website:


EARLY BIRD TIX for BOA UK 5th March 2019

038: The 3 Most Common Money Blocks that Stop Architects with Jaimie Sarah

This week on BOA UK I’m speaking with Global Success Coach, Jaimie Sarah about the 3 most common money blocks that architects, entrepreneurs and business owners face with their companies. Jaimie has coached CEOs, company leaders, founders and other influential leaders, change agents and public figures. She has been featured in Forbes, attended the Harvard Business School,  has a degree in psychology and is a qualified hypnotherapist.

Jaimie is a master at unearthing the deep rooted obstacles to an individual’s performance and in this episode she goes into depth about why approaching our work as business people with a holistic purpose driven approach is the key to reaching unprecedented levels of success.

In the episode you will learn:

  • The 3 Money Blocks
  • How to avoid them
  • How to be your most profitable self


For a confidential discussion with Jaimie you can book a slot in her calendar at

http://calendly.com/jsecrooks/30min or visit her website

Definitely Definitely 

EARLY BIRD TIX for BOA UK 5th March 2019


037: Essential Business Lessons for Growing Your Practice with Tim Burgess

To kick off 2019 I sit down with one of the co-founders of Cove Burgess, Timothy Burgess. Timothy has extensive experience working with funds, family offices and long-term investors to help manage their portfolios and he has walked the path of starting out as a sole practitioner to creating a partnership and growing a team in their central London location. Tim has developed and educated himself in business over the years through extensive self learning and mentorship with other successful architects.

In this interview Tim outlines this journey and discusses:
– How he overcame the most challenging obstacles architects face – themselves!
– How he wins work and builds powerful relationships with his clients
– The piece of advice that saved his practice when an unexpected disaster struck


Cove Burgess Architects

EARLY BIRD TIX for BOA UK 5th March 2019 where Tim will be speaking

036: Building a Client Pipeline with Dicky Lewis and Joe Haire of White Red Architects

This week I am in the heart of Shoreditch speaking with 2 of the 3 co founders of young practice White Red Architects, Dicky Lewis and Joe Haire.

White Red Architects already has an exciting portfolio of work ranging from High-End Residential to Cultural and Co-Working office spaces. Both Joe and Dicky embody a strong entrepreneurial sense and see business acumen as one of the most important keys to creating great architecture.

In this episode you will learn:

  • The systems to use to build a dependable pipeline of clients
  • The single most important conversation practice partners should have with each other
  • Where to network to grow your practice

Today’s Resources

035: Multiple Streams of Income for an Architecture Practice with Tara Gbolade

This week I sit down with the entrepreneurial force of RIBA J Rising Star, Tara Gbolade, co-founder of Studio Gbolade and creator of the Mypart3 App, an app which helps professionals pass their Part 3 examinations to become qualified architects.

In this episode Tara shares:

  • How you can develop a business plan and model with multiple streams of income
  • How you can always dependably deliver high-quality work on time with no stress or late nights
  • How to charge the right fees for developer clients

Today’s Resources
Mypart3 App

Studio Gbolade

034: Business Models for Community Projects with Shankari Raj

In this week’s episode of Business of Architecture, I speak with Shankari Raj, Architect and founder of Nudge Group. Shankari has an immense wealth of expertise and knowledge that crosses a number of different disciplines from Architecture, technology, politics, and economics. Her work is focused on bringing about socio-political change and she utilises her architectural practice for developing community-focused projects that unite and influence how parts of the city are developed and used.

In this interview you will learn:

  • The innovative business models Shankari uses to implement community projects
  • How to work with major developers on grass root projects
  • The creative places where Shankari has modelled her business practice

Today’s resources :

033: Business Essentials – BoA UK Live Event October 2018

On October 11th 2018, 7a Howick Place, U+I Offices, London, 7-10pm we held the Business of Architecture UK Live Event: Business Essentials, this event was designed to give you business strategies and winning formulas for running a profitable and impactful business.

Speaking we had
– A simple cashflow exercise to have your practice running way above the red line and into profitability, led by CEO of Fresh Projects (specialists in architecture practice management software), Simon Berry – see his video explainer here https://youtu.be/px2G6TbtWxM

Our experienced panel shared how to have money working hard for you leaving you free to fulfil on delivering impactful architecture: our guest panel discussion included industry thought leaders sharing their experience and strategies from running successful high growth practices. Speaking was:

Founding partner of CZWG and Solidspace, 30 years ago Roger began his career as an architect developer with a nifty piece of entrepreneurial flare by acquiring a plot of land, gaining planning permission and reselling the land at a profit before payment for the initial purchase had been completed. Just recently Roger has completed the award winning housing development in Weston Street with AHMM.

Jo Cowen Architects, 5 years ago it was just Jo and her business partner Chris in the loft space of her home designing extensions in West London…today Jo leads a 40 person strong practice on the Kings Road with a portfolio of multimillion pound projects, she will be sharing how she did this

The Navy seal of business mentors, for the last 20 years Johan has worked with company leaders, executives, senior partners of firms, business owners and entrepreneurs around the world with specialist focus on the construction and property sector.

Director of rising stars Archio. Learn how Mellis has successfully led her business from private projects into the housing and public sectors, winning awards along the way.

Tamsyn originally trained as architect working for Future Systems before setting one of London’s top architectural recruitment agencies, Place. An accomplished architect and entrepreneur, Tamsyn will be sharing her unique insights on the industry.

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