Who wants to be an architect/developer?

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Who wants to be an architect/developer?

Richard Waite looks at the pros and cons, the risks and rewards, for architects thinking of developing their own schemes

It is the question every architect is asking. Shouldn’t we all be developers? Long-time advocate of this do-it-yourself approach Roger Zogolovitch has even written a book with this precise title.

Clearly there are those that think this is not a wise move. Chris Brown of regeneration specialists Igloo is not convinced: ‘This is precisely the wrong time in the property market cycle to be getting into development and history is littered with architect/developer insolvencies.

He continues: Architecture is complicated, and so is development. Trying to be both a good architect and a good developer is probably impossible.’

Yet investigations by the AJ show the profession is increasingly embracing the model of architect as client. A wave of new practices are being set up specifically to do just that, among them emerging firms like Wimshurst Pelleriti, led by former Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners duo Will Wimshurst and Leonardo A Pelleriti together with Will’s brother Tom. […]