The Architect Pitch – Crossing Boundaries

Thursday 27th June, 2019 | 5pm-8pm

90 Whitfield Street,

Archiboo and HOK’s London Studio are looking for seven architects to pitch problem-solving and entrepreneurial ideas to a panel comprising Usman Haque, David Weatherhead, Savannah de Savray, Nick Searl and Safia Qureshi.

The winner will receive a significant marketing and development support package with a value of almost £5,000 to help take their idea to market. It includes media support and a half -day messaging workshop by global business advisory firm FTI , a half -day digital marketing 101 session led by Digital Storey, a 2-day PR workshop supported by Big Fish Training and a thought leadership masterclass by HOK London Studio.

The panel is looking for self-generated projects with the potential to have a genuine impact. It is especially keen to hear of projects that are socially engaged and have the potential to develop into feasible solutions, from low-cost housing and ideas on how retail property can be recycled to one-off projects that have community or healthy living benefits.

There should be a minimum of five slides that explain the challenge that’s being addressed, its social purpose and proposed outcome.

Projects need not have been professionally costed but the panel would be interested to know about any attempt to access finance such as grants and other forms of funding, including crowd-funding.

As with previous pitches, architects have just three minutes to present, after which the panel will give their feedback and a winner will be announced.

Current examples of architects’ self-generated projects include Studio Octopi’s Thames Pool, AL_A’s Pitch/Pitch and the architect-funded Project Compass, which provides free access to OJEU.

Archiboo founder Amanda Baillieu said: “There’s an abundance of practices generating their own projects. Some of them have a social purpose while others are more entrepreneurial but all of them show architects moving outside their traditional role”.

Archiboo is grateful to HOK London for supporting this initiative.

The Architect Pitch is part of the London Festival of Architecture

If you would like to be considered for the pitch, please fill in the form below by June 5th

If you would like to watch, please book here

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Usman Haque ( top left) is founding partner of Umbrellium designing and building urban technologies that support citizen empowerment and high-impact engagement in cities and Thingful, a search engine for the Internet of Things. Trained as an architect, he has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives throughout the world.

David Weatherhead ( top right ) is a design principal in HOK’s London studio. David’s passion lies in designing highly complex buildings that are simple and logical to use and have a positive impact on the lives of their users. His current projects include a residential tower and a large master plan in London as well as a mixed-use development in Egypt.

Savannah de Savary (middle left ) is the Founder and CEO of Built-ID, a proptech platform that showcases contemporary built environment projects and transforms community engagement. She won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Property Awards and was voted the magazine's ‘Power 100: Top 20 Ones to Watch’. She sits on the Legacy Foundation Board of Trustees and the ULI Young Leaders and Urban Art Forums.

Nick Searl (middle right) is a partner of Argent Related. An architect by training, Nick spent almost 10 years working on the King’s Cross development and now leads Argent Related’s 10 million sq ft Brent Cross South mixed-use development in north-west London.
He is chairman of trustees for the charity Club Peloton that organises multi-day cycle rides to Mipim, Mapic and other property industry events each year.

Safia Qureshi ( bottom ) trained as an architect and launched Studio [D] Tale in 2015 to build projects with high social and environmental impact. She then incubated and launched CupClub™ -the returnable packaging service for drinks in 2016. In 2016 she was acclaimed by Core77 Magazine to have developed a 'creative business with a social edge.'