BD Architect of the Year 2019

Tara has been shortlisted for the prestigious BD Architect of the Year 2019: Female Architectural Leader of the Year!!!

We’re super excited, and wait with bated breath for the winner to be announced in May 2019!

(keep your fingers crossed for us!)

The other phenomenal women on the list are:

Female Architectural Leader of the Year

·         Sue Emms, BDP

·         Tara Gbolade, Gbolade Design Studio

·         Shireen Hamdan, Populous

·         Madeleine Kessler, Haptic Architects

·         Joan McCoy, White Ink Architects

·         Sadie Morgan, dRMM Architects

·         Rita Ochoa, AFL Architects

·         Valeria Segovia Tigueros, Gensler

Full BD Architect of the Year Awards 2019 List here:

https://awards.bdonline.co.uk/the-2019-shortlist/

The Railway, Luton

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Gbolade Design Studio have been engaged to design an exciting residential-led scheme which will see the demolition of an existing car garage site replaced with 3no. part4-part5 storey buildings to accommodate just over 100no. units. The scheme will also have some commercial units available on the ground floor.

 

While a residential development, the scheme looks to engage it’s residents by creating amble social spaces for community interaction and building strong social links within the buildings on site. The proposal features ample shared garden spaces, sitting lounges and locally-run cafes. The scheme accommodates a mix of 1Bed, 2Bed, and 3Bed units to appeal to a range of user types.

 

 

Scope: New Build

Location: Luton

Type: Residential

Services: Feasibility to Planning

(featured image: St George’s Square, Luton)

Architects Journal Feauture

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Gbolade Design studio have been featured in the Architects Journal!

Full article below or here

Where have you come from? 
We are both architects with different expertise. Tara specialised in the residential and education sectors having worked for large companies like Mace Group, and running and growing the London office of RG+P. Seun, who acts in an advisory capacity, took a different route, delving into his passion for property development by working with some of the largest developers in London including Berkeley Group.

The studio is a unique partnership between design creativity and commercial acumen, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a collaborative approach. We deeply care about the homes we design and build because they ultimately change lives.

Why did you start the practice?
To create architecture and developments that matter to us. Through our guiding principles of social, economic, and environmental sustainability, we believe well-considered architecture and products have the power to change and enhance people’s lives in profound ways. We therefore seek to create experiences – through buildings, places, and products – that enrich, empower, and connect communities.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? 
We are architects, app developers, and budding developers; we believe in being archipreneural in our approach.

Architecturally, we specialise in the residential sector, with a focus on place-making; our current workload includes an affordable housing development for Brighton and Hove Council, a 100-unit residential and commercial scheme for a private developer in London, and a community centre in London.

We believe in being archipreneural

We’ve launched MyPart3 Appwhich is an iOS app designed to give architecture students high-level information on how to run a project and how to run a practice. It features a resources section which includes podcasts, design standards and industry events.

As budding developers, we’ve undertaken our own R&D project: rHome. This product uses modular construction to create standard homes that can be customised by the end user to reflect their needs. These are being designed to Passivhaus standards in a BIM environment.

What are your ambitions? 
We’d like to develop into an innovative medium-sized practice recognised for sustainable design and developments – in its broader sense: economic, commercial, social, and environmental sustainability.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a start-up? 
The traditional role of the architect – generating new work  – is passive and uncertain, and we have a real ambition to build our practice on entrepreneurism and agility. Having graduated in the 2008/2009 recession, and now with the uncertainty and opportunity of Brexit on the horizon, we made a commitment to diversify and use the full spectrum of our skills as architects to continually challenge the status quo of what it means to run a successful practice.

As architects, being entrepreneurial affords us adaptability, therefore becoming more resilient to changing societal norms and economics. It allows us, and we believe the broader profession, to better thrive in the profession, the industry, and generally, in life. It also keeps daily practice far more exciting.

Which scheme, completed in the last five years, has inspired you most?
King’s Cross’ urban regeneration is a favourite because of the way it retains and responds to the history of the existing buildings, negotiates the public realm, and creates community.

How are you marketing yourselves?
We’ve recently brought in a marketing specialist to help us focus on developing our profile within the industry and to our clients and end-users.