About a year ago, we were asked to take part in a Brighton & Hove Chamber of Commerce “inspiration breakfast” event. The session aimed to show how the stories behind your business can help you to stand out, and John (alongside architect Andy Parsons, from Yelo Architects) discussed why he became the professional he is and how Cityzen had grown as a business.
Having re-discovered the audio file in our archives, we thought we’d share the recording on our blog so you can hear for yourselves what John had to say.
The session was hosted by Miranda Birch. With her usual professional style and probing nature, she helped to establish what makes John and Andy tick and ways they’d been able to grow their practices in a difficult and competitive market place.
John really enjoyed the event and hopefully those who attended went away knowing a little more about Cityzen and what we do.
During the interview, Miranda helped clarify for the audience the distinction between an architectural technologist (John) and architect (Andy).
John explained the role of an architectural technologist as “mainly about the detailing of design and how buildings fit together and the materials that can be used”.
Andy added “architects do all that as well and we also do a bit of colouring in! They’re in the same sphere of work and you often get crossovers where architects and architectural technologists do the same jobs”.
We would add that both professions are building designers and so much more, guiding clients through what can be a stressful legal and disruptive process. Both professions have a Chartered body with professional conduct requirements and requirement for professional insurance.
The difference between many equivalent sized architect practices and Cityzen is that we offer building services engineering design and sustainability assessment in-house. These are services that, in all but the largest practices, usually get subcontracted out. This desire to address not just what a building looks like but how it performs was one of John’s reasons for his career path, and underpins Cityzen’s drive to create beautiful, higher performance, lower impact buildings.
Hear John and Andy’s interview here: