Michael Lynas: “Architecture is the perfect combination for me; I liked Maths, Science and Art – not many jobs are combinations of all of those things.”

Michael Lynas

Michael has a close relationship with his family, who lives around Guisborough – a lovely ancient market town. He shares that the best thing about his hometown is that it’s surrounded by beautiful countryside, a wonderful place to grow up.

Michael also studied Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh – Scotland’s most prestigious institution. It is ranked as one of the best universities in the world for arts and humanities, as well as for computer science. Students have the privilege of studying in some of the oldest and most enchanting buildings in the city. Amazing!

What are you working on now?

Orford Mews – First carbon & energy-positive scheme in the UK, it is also zero waste. It’s the first residential scheme to capture so many sustainable elements. We have really thought about all aspects of sustainability, so every single decision is made to make the scheme as sustainable as possible. We are using solar glazing – a film on the back of a glass with a cable linked to a normal panel. It’s really exciting.

What do you love about architecture?

As a kid, I was always interested in buildings. None in the family were architects. We used to draw plans of houses; they would always have big bedrooms for me, rooms for my toys, snooker rooms, table tennis while the rest of my family had little rooms. I was also into photography and wanted to be a commercial photographer – but I did some work experience in an architectural practice, and they talked me out of it. I think I always wanted to be an architect. My older brother did architecture, but stopped and went off to be an engineer. Architecture is the perfect combination for me; I liked Maths and Science and Art – not many jobs are combinations of all of those things. I enjoy working with people; drawing buildings for me is like playing computer games. I would happily sit and do it in my spare time. There is not just one thing I like about being an architect, one day I’m looking at buildings, the next I’m drawing and then later  I’m speaking to clients, it’s just so varied.

What’s your favourite building?

Villa Savoye , Le Corbusier

The impact that Villa Savoye , Le Corbusier had on me as a first-year architecture student was incredible. I went to Paris as a student and it was the first time that I saw architecture as art. It had a real impact, this has happened several times since but this was the first and it stayed with me.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

Warehaus – As a company, we really enjoyed it. It was the first time that we said: “This is what we do”. It’s a mixed-use residential scheme, and we made some extraordinary bits, and the atrium is one of our nicest spaces, beautiful brickwork and a rooftop swimming pool, with a glass bottom so you look up from the atrium and you can see people swimming above your head. It’s just a rectangle we worked very hard to create something that showed what we think about as architects in terms of spaces and how people live and work in them.

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Studio Anyo’s project, Berkeley Homes (East Thames): Building 11 Royal Arsenal Riverside is a finalist at the 2020 Offsite Awards


We are delighted to share that Berkeley Homes’ Royal Arsenal, a Studio Anyo project is one of the finalists for the Private Housing Project of the Year at the 2020 Offsite Awards.

The 2020 Offsite Construction Awards has received over 200 entries from companies who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and expertise. Offsite technology is changing the contemporary built environment – driving forward projects that represent outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines.

With Royal Arsenal, the goal was to transform the derelict industrial ammunitions site into a high quality residential-led, mixed-use development and destination. We developed the scheme to be compliant with the modular system design and UK regulations. Our challenge was to redesign the layouts to comply with Building Control whilst simultaneously adhering to the Planning Permission and to Berkeley Homes’ high standards. In addition, the team at Studio Anyo carried out a full inspection of the modular suppliers factory to ensure that their system met UK standards.

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Meet Architect Zak from Cardiff

Zak Akhtar

Zak hails from Cardiff which according to research was once the richest city in the world. Now that is just one amongst the many interesting facts you can find about this extraordinary place. Do you know that it’s also a city of castles? No wonder Zak adores his hometown so much; it’s a beautiful historical city with lovely listed buildings of architectural note. The Cardiff City Hall is one of his favourites which opened in October 1906. It cost £129,708 to build – that’s a whopping £10,191,092 in today’s money!

Do you share similar interests with Zak?

What are you working on now?

Eco Lodge – Ashcombe Estate, the folding cabin. It’s a project for a client where I work on the technical details, bringing the designs to life and solving the technical issues we encounter.  I really enjoy working on this project especially because I am mainly responsible for problem-solving.

What do you love about architecture?

I’m very practical and enjoy that part of architecture. I like making things, my favourite subject at school was Design Technology. I wanted to be an Electrician but with my love of DT, I decided to go down the architecture route.

What’s your favourite building?

Cayan Tower, known as Infinity Tower – Dubai

Cayan Tower – I call it the twisty building. It’s also known as the Infinity Tower, a 75-story skyscraper in Dubai. The tower was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill SOM architectural group, the same group who did the concept design for the Burj Khalifa and Trump Tower in Chicago. It became the world’s tallest high-rise building with a twist of 90 degrees but has since been surpassed by the Shanghai Tower, two years later.

What’s the best project you have worked on?

The Barn in Guildford – we converted an old barn into 3 dwellings. I was project lead on this from start to finish and saw the project through to the end. So it was quite an experience for me.

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Property Hub Magazine – Kunle Barker Profile Interview

Kunle Barker Property Hub Profile - Front

Non-Executive Director Kunle Barker shares his thoughts about his personal and career endeavours in an exclusive interview with Property Hub magazine.

The article provides up-close information on how Kunle started his journey and his passion for renovating property. It also covers the challenges he encountered along the way and his many accomplishments. His years of experience have brought him countless opportunities and is now one of the most sought after property expert in the UK.

Kunle Barker Property Hub Profile - Front

Read the full article here.

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