November 19, 2020
Tune in to hear Lisa and Jason, from the perspective of being mentors and mentees, discuss the powerpack that is self-confidence.
So you’ve got your own architecture practice, and there’s a multitude of responsibilities resting on you, some play to your strengths, others not so much. Common challenges can be networking effectively, confidently expressing your value to clients, or fielding criticism (unfair or fair) with grace. Learn about the simple steps they take to allow them to turn challenges into opportunities and relish being in business - what is your question for them?
Pride Road Architects is founded on the principles of inclusivity, sustainability, and innovation. Our vision is for architecture to be a meaningful career for the missing 21% of women who study but don’t ever work in the profession. (UCAS gender split in 2017 when studying architecture is F:M 49:51, gender split ARB registered architects 2018 F:M 28:72). And to provide careers that can sustain rather than strain family life.
In 2010, Founder and CEO Lisa Raynes turned her successful sole practice into a franchise that other ambitious architects wanting work/life balance can buy into. She’s had a seat on the RIBA Council (2015-18), been Chair of Women in Property NW and founded Manchester Curious, an urban architecture outreach festival.
Jason Boyle is a Chartered Architect with over 20 years of experience in design. He has designed many different building types; from residential to cancer centres, office buildings through to Nuclear facilities. In 2017 Jason became the youngest Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA) and in 2018 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Jason is currently the RIBA Ambassador for Civil Infrastructure in the UK and has lectured internationally on the future of architecture and technology. Jason was a past member of the RIBA North West Regional Council and is currently working on one of the 3 UK Nuclear mega projects for the UK government.
Jason spends his spare time mentoring young professionals using a holistic approach.
November 17, 2020
In the second of our series Pride Road Architects, the team we will be meeting Rachel Moses, David Johnson and Kris Allen. Rachel is talking about how to get your marketing strategy right, David is talking about which social media platforms architect should use and then Kris is talking about how to manage clients once you've got them.
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November 17, 2020
In this series of podcasts our host Lisa Raynes introduces you to members of the Pride Road technical team and explains the building blocks for setting up your own architectural practice.
In this episode she talks to IT manager Darren Gibbon explaining the importance of domain names and platforms as well as talking to Adam Pritchard about the fundamentals of web design and SEO, so customers can find you!
October 27, 2020
Lisa and Ben talk about resilience and why this quality is so important to build into your practice. During the best of economic times startups have a high failure rate, often tripped up by undervaluing your work or badly structured fee proposals. The truth is that these also are valuable lessons, and working through to find solutions helps to build entrepreneurship. Looking back on the last ten or so years of business, learn how Lisa and Ben built resilient architectural practices.
Pride Road Franchise is an innovative architecture practice for UK-registered architects. It’s a smart business model that exploits the potential of the domestic mass market and was founded out of necessity after Lisa was made redundant as her family grew. The ultimate in flexible working, Pride Road successfully pivoted online during the spring lockdown and continues to develop pipelines of work across the franchise at a time of great change in the profession as a whole.
In 2016, Founder Lisa Raynes turned her successful sole practice into a franchise that other ambitious architects wanting work/life balance can buy into. She’s had a seat on the RIBA Council (2015-18), been Chair of Women in Property NW and founded Manchester Curious, an urban architecture outreach festival.
Ben Derbyshire is Chair of HTA Design LLP. HTA Design LLP is a design consultancy to the home-building industry specialising in Creative Collaboration between its multidisciplinary team, clients, communities and other professionals. Ben has built up broad-ranging expertise through involvement in much of HTA's work in regeneration, masterplanning, housing and mixed use design across all sectors. He is Immediate Past President of RIBA. He was elected onto Council in 2014, becoming President Elect in August 2016 and serving as President from September 2017 to August 2019.
September 17, 2020
This episode is about what it takes to make change happen – starting with the decisions you make about the value of the work you do, applying that into your architecture practice, and then rippling out the benefits of having a solid business model to others in the profession. It all seems like small steps, but the result is disruption, literally tearing down the ways we do and make architecture.
Pride Road Franchise – with its innovative architecture practice-in-a-box concept – is disrupting the domestic market by making architecture accessible and affordable to homeowners. The result even during uncertain economic times, is sustainable and growing businesses.
Simone de Gale takes entrepreneurship seriously. Starting her practice as soon as she completed Part 2’s, she now has a team of 7 people at her London office. Recently re-elected to the RIBA National Council, she’s passionate that architects maximise their full value and although this is something which can be learnt once qualified, feels strongly earlier training is vital to improving dynamics of power in the construction industry.
Founder Lisa Raynes got started in business by necessity after being made redundant for the second time as her family grew. She built her practice in thedomestic sector, and then invested to turn her business into one that other ambitious architects wanting work/life balance can buy into. She’s had a seat on theRIBA Council (2015-18), been Chair of Women in Property NW and founded Manchester Curious, an urban architecture outreach festival.
Simone is a Chartered Architect, qualifying at the Architectural Association in London, UK. Her grandfather was an Architect, and her family work in construction in London. At 10 years old, Simone knew she would become an architect and today, she is the driving force behind Simone de Gale Architects (SGA), continuing to shape an innovative path to advance architectural form and function throughout London and Internationally. Winner of ‘Architect of theYear’ 2017’s Women in Construction Awards UK, Simone was invited as one of the keynote speakers at 2017’s Stephen Lawrence Annual Memorial Lecture, for whom she is also a board advisor, and now continues to give Keynote speeches at highly regarded Architectural Forums in the UK and abroad. Simone was appointed RIBA Chairwoman Audit and Oversight Committee UK in 2018 and was in August 2020 re-elected to RIBA Council for an extended three-year tenure.
August 19, 2020
Join in to hear Lisa and Rion’s tips for avoiding common mistakes and growing a successful business doing work that you love – and find out why Lego makes an appearance in the Pride Road marketing mix.
Pride Road Franchise’s vision is to provide businesses for ambitious, time-poor architects that can sustain rather than strain family life. We do this by innovating how to deliver architecture in the domestic market. The impact is disruptive to architecture business models, providing a third option in addition to employment and self-employment.
Rion Willard is the co-founder and Director of the Business of Architecture UK, a business consultancy helping Architects win meaningful, impactful and profitable work with creative client acquisition & business development strategies.
He is the host of the Business of Architecture UK podcast, an interview show, where prominent guests, business leaders and architects share tips and strategies for success in architecture.
He’s also the founder of the TTHS Architects a London based architectural design firm specialising in high end luxury residential.
August 10, 2020
At Pride Road Architects we’re passionate about architecture and know that good design can transform daily life. Lisa Raynes is Pride Road’s Founder, CEO and podcast host.
Architecture in the Den is a monthly podcast about inspiring ideas, topical news and innovative thinking about architecture – with maybe a few giggles too as life’s not always serious!
Join in the conversation at one of our recordings when you can submit questions for Lisa and her guests. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/pride-road-franchise-17974122246
July 13, 2020
Pride Road Architects in the Den - Lisa Raynes chats to RIBA 2020 Presidential candidate Valeria Passetti
July 12, 2020
Pride Road Architects in the Den - Lisa Raynes chats to RIBA 2020 Presidential candidate Jude Barber
July 12, 2020
Pride Road Architects in the Den - Lisa Raynes chats to RIBA 2020 Presidential candidate Sumita Singha