The Alternative Architect – talk & launch

The Alternative Architect is creating a resource that highlights the diverse career roles and routes that exist within and beyond the world of architecture.

This launch event at Build Studios will have talks from Alternative Architects, a short discussion and the chance to stay and chat following this.

In 2017, The Alternative Architect survey was answered by 160+ people with architectural backgrounds. It highlighted a real desire for better, clearer information on the alternative roles and opportunities within and beyond the architectural profession.

“Being able to confidently see and understand how my own skills and experience could be more transferrable would be very liberating.”

The Alternative Architect aims to become this resource: liberating, useful and relevant.

For teenagers considering studying a vocational architecture degree. For students and educators, to highlight a range of options to a range of personalities and skills. For practitioners looking to expand their ways of practice. For extending the benefits of design thinking across other sectors. For encouraging research as a vital discipline to the built environment. For clients, collaborators and employers to consider architects with a wider perception of value. For architects, to understand the power of choice and diversity.

The project will launch at the London Festival of Architecture, with a discussion on the identity of Alternative Architects. Does an architectural education really provide valuable and transferable skills or is it preparing grads for the wrong roles? What other sectors do or could benefit from these skills? Should we be encouraging more people to diverge into alternative roles, or should we instead be expanding the idea of the architect to incorporate these?

We now have four brilliant speakers confirmed:

Jane Briginshaw is a Public Policy Leader specialising in design policy development and training; community leader and campaigner underpinned by a suite of skills incorporating high level communications, strategic thinking, leadership and advocacy.

Fiona Macdonald is Co-Founder of award-winning architectural education organisation, Matt+Fiona, alongside architect Matthew Springett of MSA Ltd. Matt+Fiona empower children and young people to directly design and then build their own spaces and places. She also runs the National Schools and Young People’s programme at the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Alpa Depani is an architect and artist currently moonlighting as a planner for the first ever cohort of Public Practice, Alpa is also a design tutor on two BA Architecture courses, an examiner for the ARB, a WCMT Fellow researching community driven public space and producer of ‘zine, ROMP.

Arthur Kay is Founder and CEO of SKYROOM TM , an urban development company that provides key urban workers with high-quality, low-cost, eco-friendly homes, near to where they work; Founder and Deputy Chairman of bio-bean®, a clean technology company that manufactures high-quality, low-cost, eco-friendly advanced biofuels and biochemicals, derived from waste coffee grounds; and Founder and Chairman of Fast Forward 2030, a think tank that helps solve the world’s biggest problems by inspiring entrepreneurs to use business as a force for good.


June 27, 2018

18:30 - 20:30

Admission: FREE



Build Studios

203 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7FR

020 3897 1999