Innovation and Education in Architecture with Peter Barber


I love Pete. He was my boss when I first came out of university and I’ve maintained the friendship ever since. A lot of his ideas about architecture, city and architecture’s reciprocal relationship with it’s inhabitants have affected me deeply and changed my own practice of architecture. I highly recommend looking at some of his beautiful, compassionate and playful buildings.

I was lucky enough recently to interview for the Business of Architecture on how he started his business and grew it into what it is today.

Peter Barber worked with Richard Rogers, Will Alsop and Jestico Whiles prior to establishing his own practice in 1989. He is currently a lecturer and design tutor at the University of Westminster.

Peter Barber has lectured about the practice of Architecture internationally, at institutions including the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architectural League in New York, numerous university schools of architecture including Genoa, Frankfurt, Brighton, Kingston and Glasgow as well as Oxford University and The Bartlett – University College London.

In today’s show you’ll discover:

  • How to keep from failing (11:53)
  • How to win your first architecture project (15:40)
  • Strategies for breaking into a new market (19:33)

Listen to the full audio here.