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Business Skills - Architect as a Developer

08 June 10:00 - 12:30
Organized by: RIBA London
11 Clerkenwell Road

Are you curious about what it takes to become an architect developer? In this 2.5 hour CPD seminar you will hear from three practices already embracing the new business model. Carl Turner from Carl Turner Architects, Jake Edgley from Edgley Designs and Annalie Riches form Mikhail Riches will share their experience of developing sites, provide tips on how to get started, raise funds and manage finance efficiently.



Carl Turner, Carl Turner Architects

Carl is Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects and co-founder of Pop Brixton, Peckham Levels and Social Enterprise Make Shift. He is a self-confessed “maker at heart” – his love of craft permeates his architectural design and often leads to innovative new uses for materials and processes.

Carl lectures widely in the UK and overseas, is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel and a fellow of the RSA. Carl was elected as National and London Council Member for the RIBA in 2014.

Annalie Riches, Mikhail Riches

Annalie spent a year building her own house at Whatcott’s Yard, one of a series of 3 self-build houses, which won an RIBA award as well as the AJ First Building Award. Following that the practice developed Church Walk; 4 houses and flats on a tight infill site in stoke Newington.

Annalie Riches is co-founder of Mikhail Riches, established in 2015 and formed from the amalgamation of Riches Hawley Mikhail and David Mikhail Architects. The practice has a growing reputation for large-scale housing projects and one-off houses. Mikhail Riches has won five RIBA Awards and five Housing Design Awards and made the Stirling mid-list twice. Their Church Walk project for 4 houses in Stoke Newington won London Building of the Year 2013. Current projects include Park Hill Phase 2 in Sheffield and Goldsmith Street, 105 Passivhaus homes for Norwich City Council.

Jake Edgley, Edgley Design

Jake has previously worked for practices including Foster & Partners and Squires on masterplanning, mixed use and commercial office projects, and residential schemes before setting up Edgley Design in 2004. He also has a wide range of experience in property development.

Recent projects including Pear Tree House, Jake Edgley’s family home in Dulwich, and Godson Street, Islington, both of which have been self-initiated projects, allowing the practice to work as the developer and architect.