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Justin Shee | Founder & CEO, The Kohab

Can we better serve our ageing population through a new model of inter-generational co-living? Justin Shee is the founder of The Kohab; a new inter-generational retirement living company, bringing old and young adults together under one roof to live in mutual support. The Kohab is both a potential answer to the age ghettos created by retirement living and a solution to the loneliness epidemic faced by both young and old adults in the UK. In this podcast: epidemic of lonelinessJustin’s...


Gemma John | Founder & Director, Human City

Can the application of traditional social sciences to big data help better tailor the future of the built environment to societal needs? Gemma John is an anthropologist, helping to influence urban planning and development. After ten years in academic research, Gemma spent five years working for engineering, planning, and architecture firms, including AECOM & Foster + Partners, before establishing her own consultancy business, Human City. Human City helps property developers to create...


Gabrielle McMillan | CEO, Equiem

Can technology bridge the service gap between buildings with amenity & space-as-a-service? Gabrielle McMillan is the founding CEO of Equiem and has led the Equiem business and team from inception in 2011. In her previous role as Director and General Manager of Advance Marketing, Gabrielle oversaw significant business growth (9 x revenue), expansion into New Zealand and the UK and international operations, including 180 staff. Equiem catalyses communities, using technology to turn...


Lara Marrero | Studio Director & Retail Practice Leader, Gensler

Are brand engagement & media overtaking transactions as the primary purpose of bricks-and-mortar retail? Where else in the build environment is brand influencing building design and utility? Lara Marerro is a Studio Director & Retail Practice Leader at Gensler, the global architectural practice. Rather than specialising in a specific sector, Lara is interested the power brand and how it relates to consumers and built environment. With an education that spans psychology, advertising,...


Andrea Carpenter | Author & Founder, Women Talk Real Estate

Does the history of the European Real Estate market hold any clues for the direction of the future? My guest today is Andrea Carpenter, a communications consultant in the property industry, founder & director of this podcast’s partner, the non-profit Women Talk Real Estate, and author of the new book High Rise and Fall: The Making of the Modern Real Estate Industry. Andrea began her career as a journalist at Property Week before moving on to be editor of EuroProperty. Following this she...


Susan Freeman | Partner, Mishcon de Reya

How can collaboration improve the real estate industry? The view from one of the UK property sector's great generalists on the state of the market and the way ahead... Susan Freeman is a partner at the law firm Mishcon de Reya. Susan hold a business degree from London Business school and a is well known as a proponent of innovation in real estate. Described by Bisnow as one of the best-connected lawyers in the sector, Susan is one of the most followed real estate twitter users in the UK –...


Matt Partridge | Founder & CEO, Infabode

News content & analysis is available in ever-growing quantities. While this can offer huge advantages, it poses several problems; how can you ensure you're accessing the most relevant content for you without being overwhelmed, while also remaining in touch with the latest ideas from various sources. Matt Partridge, founder of Infabode. Infabode is an online information platform for the global real estate market, connecting its users with companies producing market news and data, through...


Mark Robinson | Owner, Ellandi

As e-commerce continues to disrupt bricks-and-mortar retail, the story of the retail apocalypse or death of the high street has been mainstream news and this isn’t a phenomenon unique to the UK. I talk to Mark Robinson of Ellandi to see if we can find out: a) whether the situation is as dire as it is presented and b) what is the future of mainstream retail (i.e. everyday shopping, as opposed to destination retail). Mark founded Ellandi in 2008 and it is now now the UK’s leading investment...


Ed Thomas | Head of Community Experience, The Collective

At the heart of Space-as-a-Service is the concept of community; an intangible benefit that extends beyond functional service provision and which will ultimately lead to customer happiness and therefore potentially higher retention rates and ultimately returns for investors. Ed Thomas views the central ethos of co-living as bringing community back into the heart of the home. When he joined Reza Merchant's The Collective in 2016, he was tasked with exactly that; creating a sense of...


Shain Shapiro | CEO & Founder, Sound Diplomacy

Dr Shain Shapiro is founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, bridging the gap between music and the world of policy and urban planning. Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment through an integrated music policy. Music is a universal language. While we all have individual tastes and preferences, it's an experience common to everyone. It can aid with early development, rehabilitation and healthy ageing. It's personal...


Nathan Koren | Founder & CEO, Podaris

Nathan is an architect, transport planner, software engineer and entrepreneur. Having worked for many years as an architect specialising in sustainable transit-oriented developments, Nathan became interested in how new transportation technologies could positively influence urban design. This led him to work on planning and design stages of urban-scale Automated Transit Networks, before launching Podaris to tackle the issue of collaboration. There are several tools aiming to act as the...


Vanessa Butz | CEO & Founder, District

Vanessa Butz wrote her masters thesis on "Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs” and took her theory into practice by helping to build large technology and co-working campuses - Factory Berlin and Market-Tech’s Interchange Camden. Having worked at the intersection of cities and technology, she then founded District, providing Real Estate owners with a subscription-as-a-service app-based technology to upgrade their buildings to be ready for the what she sees as the “smart city...


Andrew Waugh | Founder, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Andrew Waugh is a founder of Waugh Thistleton Architects and a pioneer of design in the field of timber buildings, using cross-laminated timber (CLT). Waugh Thistleton are committed to the use of timber construction which has earned them an international reputation in environmentally sustainable architecture and design. The practice has designed the world’s largest CLT building at Dalston Works – a 10 storey, 121 unit residential building, made entirely from CLT. WT are also currently...


James Dearsley | The Digital Marketing Bureau & PropTech Consult

In recent years, through a heavy social media presence, an active blog, a weekly newsletter and as a keynote speaker at global events, James Dearsley has managed to become almost synonymous with the UK PropTech scene. Beyond his public persona, James runs The Digital Marketing Bureau, providing tech-enabled marketing services, and PropTech Consult where he advises property companies on digital transformation strategies. While PropTech has gained a great deal of media (and investor)...


Will Blakey | CEO,

Will Blakey is CEO of MOM (, the online marketplace for moving office. Will is also an investor in start-ups, such as Den Automation - the innovative light switch & plug socket business - as well as being an online business and life coach (link here) with a mission to help people "become the best version of themselves & live the life they want". As an industry outside (Will's background was as varied entrepreneur in security, marketing and sales), Will is starting to...


Nick Fulford | Founder, nHouse

Nick Fulford has a background of over 20 years in sales & marketing. In 2017 he quit to set up the a modular housing concept, nHouse, together with award-winning architect, Richard Hywel Evans. As an industry new-comer, Nick is attempting to revolutionise an enormous market - the housebuilding market. 184,000 homes were built in England in 2016/17 so it's a big opportunity to play for, and there's government commitment to significantly increase this number. Set against the backdrop of a...


Mark Farmer | CEO, CAST Consulting

Mark Farmer is Founding Director & CEO of Cast and a expert in the delivery of complex residential-led projects & modern methods of construction. Mark’s focus is on promoting modernisation within the construction industry through adoption of pre-manufacturing and more integrated & digitally-enabled delivery models. Besides founding his own rapidly-growing business, Mark also managed to find the time to author the October 2016 Government Review of the Construction Labour Market Model,...


Chris Choa | Chairman, ULI UK & Director, AECOM

Chris Choa is an urban architect and cities expert who thinks a big scale. Chris is Director of Cities at AECOM. He speaks frequently about urban performance and works with city and national governments to develop regional-scale strategies. A graduate of both Harvard and Yale, Chris also serves as Chairman of the UK Urban Land Institute and is on the external advisory board for the Sustainable Urban Development program at Oxford. He is an appointed advisor to the Mayor of London’s...