AFYN present Life (not quite) Outside Architecture: #4 Developer

Join the Architecture Foundation's Young Trustees for the fourth event in their new six-part series exploring disciplines outside traditional architectural practice


06:30pm, Wednesday, 2 June 2021


07:30pm, Wednesday, 2 June 2021

All talks are free and accessible to everyone, but for security reasons, we do require attendees to have a registered Zoom account.

All times are stated in UK time (GMT)


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Are you stuck in an architecture vacuum? Do all your friends wear black turtlenecks and share endless Dank Lloyd Wright memes? 

If you’re looking for a fresh perspective, then you've come to the right place. Over the next few months, the AF Young Trustees are hosting a collection of divergent voices, from disciplines covering public sector, community, development, curation, journalism, academia and more - all the speakers have one thing in common; they all started out studying architecture. 

The seemingly predetermined marathon towards obtaining the coveted architect title sends people down a path which rarely leaves an opportunity to pause and question the direction it takes them. This series brings together those voices that at some point questioned their destination and applied their skills in a different environment.

In the fourth event, we host a discussion with Remi Connolly-Taylor, who founded REMI.C.T Studio and co-founded development firm Kit London, Guy Rochez, a trained architect and Senior Development Manager at Brick By Brick, Yẹmí Aládérun, an architect and Major Projects Manager and Avital Wittenberg, head of architecture and design at Make Shift.

We will ask about what inspired them, what they do in their current role and how did their architectural training help, their top tips for stepping into the world of the developer and what’s it really like joining the “Dark side?”

#4 Developer will be hosted by Young Trustee Amandeep Singh Kalra.

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East London designer and developer, Remi Connolly-Taylor, founded REMI.C.T Studio in 2017 and co-founded property development firm, Kit London. She has trained and practised on a local, European and global scale and brings an understanding of the built environment with the ever-changing complexities of lifestyle and well-being. Connolly-Taylor’s main ambition with the Studio and Kit London is to drive the conversation between art, design, and development into research that encourages people to invest in a design-led environment and create sustainable lifestyles.

Guy Rochez is a Senior Development Manager at Brick By Brick, where he manages a team and provides direction to a portfolio of design-led and sustainable housing developments delivering a high proportion of affordable housing to meet local need. Previously Guy has practiced as an architect within a local authority setting and in more traditional practice. As Deputy Team Leader in Croydon’s Placemaking team, Guy championed design in planning and regeneration in the borough and authored the award-winning Suburban Design Guide SPD.  Prior to this, Guy worked as an Architect at PARTI, leading on the planning of a large-scale hotel and regeneration project in South Australia and smaller London-based projects.

Yẹmí Aládérun is an architect and Major Projects Manager. She served as an elected national council member for Royal Institute of British Architects and sits on its Education committee. Yẹmí is a NED for Women’s Pioneer Housing association, co-founder of Paradigm Network and core member of Part W. She is an advocate for education, income & housing equality and is extremely passionate about social mobility and broadening access to the built environment. As an appointed panel member of numerous Design Review Panels, she is part of a network of professionals providing expert advice and support to Local Authorities on challenging and often complicated built environment projects across the UK. Yẹmí was selected as one the UK’s next generation of boundary-pushing designers and innovators by the Architect’s Journal in its 40 under 40 cohort for 2020.

Avital Wittenberg is an Architect with design experience spanning roles within public realm, mixed-use, housing and community engagement programmes. She currently works at Make Shift as Head of Architecture and Design, specialising in meanwhile space redevelopment projects and transforming underused urban space to create local cultural destinations that inspire community, creativity and enterprise. Alongside her career, she has worked with charitable organisations to design and build projects for communities in need around the world including in Cambodia and Chile.