Across the Pond: A Candid Conversation on Small Firm Business Practice Webinar Available On Demand

June 18, 2024

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Across the Pond: A Candid Conversation on Small Firm Business Practice Webinar Available On Demand

Originally aired on May 16, 2024, this two-hour recording is now available on YouTube at your convenience. 



Program Description

Watch this dynamic discussion where 3 RIBA architects from the UK and 3 AIA architects from the US delve into the nuances of small firm practices. Building upon our previous session, where practitioners shared insights on project designs, sustainability, and regulatory challenges, this follow-up session focuses on the business side of practice. From client management to operational strategies, learn commonalities and differences, fostering a rich exchange of ideas. This session is ideal for principals and project managers of small to mid-sized firms, though all levels of staff stand to gain valuable insights.



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Scot Alan Masker, RIBA

Scot graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers University, New Jersey.  He went on to study Architecture in London, gaining a BA (Hons) in Architecture as well as achieving his M Arch from Virginia Tech and State University. He is a Chartered Member of the RIBA.  Scot is now the director of his own practice after a long experience in other firms, including as director for 19 years in his previous position. Scot has managed a wide range of projects, including major urban mixed-use and retail developments, commercial housing schemes, large bespoke private houses, social/sheltered and care accommodation projects, and agricultural diversification proposals.  He has long experience in dealing with the sensitive issues surrounding historic buildings and their settings. He has worked on projects from landed historic estates such as the Grange Estate in Hampshire to the listed Old Spitalfields Market in London. Scot is an active member of the RIBA. He had held the Hampshire branch chair for some years and was a past RIBA National Council member. He successfully ran the Winchester Architecture Lecture Series for some years in Winchester. A Traditional Architecture Group member since its founding, Scot continues to work and practice in a traditional idiom and is an expert in rural and country house design. He now acts as a facilitator for the TAG Peer Review. He is also a trustee for the Winchester Theatre Trust, where he is tasked with reviewing the upkeep of the listed theatre. As part of the practice’s social responsibility commitments, Scot does pro bono and charitable work and contributes to several local charitable institutions, including the Winchester Theatre Trust, The Samaritans, The Boaz Trust, and Trinity Winchester.



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William J. Martin, R.A., A.I.A., P.P., LEED AP-H

WJM Architect, Co-chairperson AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee, Trustee AIA Architects League of Northern NJ William J. Martin (Bill) is an architect and community planner focused on high-performance resilient and energy-efficient design configurations using cultural vernacular expression. He designed the First Certified LEED Platinum home in suburban NJ and received an AIA NJ COTE Top Ten Merit Award for the project entitled “Knight on a Chessboard”. Bill was educated at Carnegie-Mellon University (’81-’84) in Pittsburgh, PA, and Pratt Institute, School of Architecture (’84-’88) in New York City. While at Carnegie-Mellon, he studied Architecture and Managerial Economics. At Pratt Institute, he studied architecture and its relationship to the economics of real estate development and received his Architecture Degree with Honors (B Arch 1988). Bill started the WJM Architect firm over 30 years ago and has designed and consulted on various building types. In 2020, Bill received the inaugural AIA Architects League Community Service Award. This award was presented for distinguished service to the community for leading the Westwood Zoning board as the chairperson for over 25 years. His service contributed to the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association’s designation of Westwood, NJ, as a “Great Place in NJ 2019” for a great downtown. Bill is a tireless advocate for architects on social media and leads the AIA NJ Public Awareness Committee as Co-chairperson. He is considered a social media influencer by AIA National and is regularly consulted by media outlets. He has been interviewed by CNBC, Fox News, MSNBC, NPR, and The Today Show regarding historical design trends.


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Kimberly L. Bunn, AIA

Kim is the owner and principal of Bunn Architecture, a full-service architecture firm specializing in residential and small commercial.  She is dedicated to creative design and attention to detail; she enjoys helping her clients improve the spaces they live or work in daily.  Often, she combines her passion for architecture with historic preservation and environmentally sensitive design, working on alterations and additions to existing buildings.  A New Jersey Institute of Technology graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, she is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.   As a member of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA), she has been active in the organization at the state and local levels.  In the years since she joined as an associate, she has participated in or chaired many committees within the organization.  A Past President of her local AIA West Jersey section in 2006, she remains involved with the local section and chairs the AIA-WJ Photography Competition, now in its 16th year.  



Marissa Iamello, AIA

Marissa Iamello, AIA, is the primary co-owner of Iamello Architectural Studio, a diverse architectural firm in Ocean, NJ. She is experienced in designing custom homes, multi-family projects, higher education facilities, and municipal work. A background in small and large architectural firms shaped her vision for her firm. Marissa graduated from Cornell in 2006 and is a licensed architect in the State of NJ. Marissa immediately began working at Kohn Pedersen Fox in NYC upon graduation from Cornell University. She focused on programming and planning for higher education projects during her tenure there. Through focused programming meetings with the end users, she would extract the pertinent program information that would be translated into a building design. Two of her most notable projects were the Morgan State University’s Earl G Graves School of Business in Baltimore, MD, and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business Phase II in Ann Arbor, MI. Both projects have gone on to be recognized for their design excellence. As an EPiC member, Marissa works diligently to engage the younger generation of architects in her local section and at the state level. She was awarded “AIA Jersey Shore Young Architect of the Year” in 2021 for her efforts in leading this charge. Marissa Iamello’s involvement in the AIA has been and continues to be extremely fulfilling. She considers the relationships she has built as a leader to be invaluable.  Marissa is a devoted mother, wife, business owner, and cancer survivor. Her dedication to the profession of architecture is an inspiration to all.


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Laura Locke, RIBA

Laura has predominantly worked in small practices throughout her career, specializing in private residential projects and small-scale residential developments. Following a decade with AR Design Studio, she recently assumed the role of Associate at Adam Knibb Architects. Laura also serves as the RIBA Hampshire Vice Chair and participates in the Eastleigh and Winchester Design Review Panel. Before becoming a qualified architect in 2008, Laura studied at Manchester University and Oxford Brookes University, gaining experience in London before settling in Winchester in 2011. Laura has 2 young children (8 and 6), and believes the career paths of parents of young children in Architecture should be high on the agenda for small practices, to retain talent. Within the practice, Laura concentrates on project resourcing and management, particularly during technical stages and on-site. Her dedication to enhancing client experience facilitates timely decision-making for inexperienced clients, keeping projects on track. Laura strives to conclude the complex construction and design process by delivering simple and refined buildings.



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Alex Giles, RIBA

Alex is a qualified architect and co-founder of both Metashape and Giles Architects. Under one limited company umbrella, the two brands work with different client bases and project types. Metashape works mostly in London, focusing on urban design and multi-unit developments for commercial clients. Giles Architects specializes in rural developments for private clients with a portfolio of high-end house extensions and new-build dwellings within the countryside. Both brands are design-led contemporary architects. Before setting up the company, Alex worked at an AJ100 practice in central London. He is a highly skilled architect who has overseen the design and delivery of large award-winning residential, commercial, and education projects from inception through to completion. He has a wealth of experience navigating complex planning processes and has worked with various stakeholders and communities to develop narrative-led designs that enhance their surroundings. He is passionate about sustainable technologies, always looking for solutions to reduce the environmental impact of design and construction. He was an early advocate of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in practice. Alex sits on the national, independent, multi-disciplinary Design Review Panel.

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