Michela specialises in complex, large-scale, mixed-use projects in London.
Her passion and experience gained in the Residential sector, working as an architect and on the developer side, enables her to bring learning across sectors including Build to Rent, Student Living and Senior Living.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Over the years, I’ve worked in a number of sectors, but about seven years ago I led my first residential-led, mixed-use regeneration development in Finsbury Park. That is when I discovered my passion for residential schemes. In London, site constraints, mixes of use and transport adjacencies all come into play, creating challenging architectural and construction environments. I’ve since focused my career on residential work.
What is the current trend in your sector?
In the past few years, the residential sector – particularly in London – has been focusing on developing and consolidating the Build to Rent. The branding and specific offer of each individual BTR provider are still been tested in the market and will continue developing in the coming years to find their full identity.
What are the key challenges that affect your sector, or are likely to in the next five years?
In residential, it has to be the quantity of housing that needs to be delivered, which is not achievable with traditional construction methods. The main developers and contractors are looking at modular, panelised and DfMA in general to deliver high-quality housing quickly and efficiently. This will affect the way we design and detail our buildings.
An additional challenge is presented by senior living. There is room to develop a new model that meets the requirements of a more active aging population. Looking to other countries and their different models will help to establish new offers for senior living.
Best building in your city?
I love London, my adoptive city. It’s a real playground for architects. My favourite building would have to be Piano’s Shard which has already become a striking and recognizable symbol of London, drawing focus to the Southbank.
Biggest career influence?
I consider myself very fortunate as I’ve been surrounded by many talented and inspiring people during the years; from my fellow students at the I.U.A.V. University of Venice, to my architect friends in Norway and my colleagues, from a variety of nationalities, in UK. This mix of people from different parts of the world enriches and inspires me.
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