044: The 7 Threats to an Architecture Business with Rion Willard

In 2018 I interviewed 42 architects, archipreneurs and industry thought leaders.

Again and again the same themes appeared that I sensed were at the root of many architecture business problems.

Over the Christmas period, I spent a lot of time quietly reflecting and re listening to those interviews in order to distill what these industry experts were telling me they had found to often be some of the most challenging aspects of running an architecture business and what they have done to navigate around them.

From that study I compiled a list of 7 Business Obstacles that in many cases threaten and prevent otherwise successful and intelligent architecture practices from fulfilling in their mission of delivering impactful and meaningful design work.

They are:








In this podcast I review what these 7 Threats are and how they can erode your business and I relay how many of the architects and industry leaders I have spoken with have overcome them.

Join us at U+I Offices where BoA UK will give you a roadmap around the 7 Most Common Obstacles (the 7 THREATS!!) to a Profitable and Impactful Architecture Business.


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043: Supporting The Next Generation with Phineas Harper

In this week's episode I speak with Phineas Harper deputy director of the Architecture Foundation. In this conversation Phin discusses the importance of architectural education and how it is essential for it to be protected and the role the profession can take in doing so.

Phin also talks at length about the work of the Architecture Foundation in supporting new and upcoming architects and his work organising the radical discussion panels at the Turncoats talks.



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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


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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

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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

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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:


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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 

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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

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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

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