How many times have you spotted an empty site and dreamt about developing it? And how many times have you given up because of the difficulty of persuading the landowner to sell you the land? Many architects have built their own house, but few have made the leap to become a fully-fledged architect developer. As trained problem solvers, architects are in a strong position to release value from sites and spot opportunities. They’re able to work up creative solutions, which a non-architect developer might. Featuring illustrated case studies and practical guidance, this is the first book aimed at the architect developer that covers every stage of the development process, from finding land through to raising capital, understanding risk and marketing and selling.
Foreword by Roger Zogolovitch
1. Why Become an Architect-Developer?
2. The Development Appraisal – An Essential Tool for a Would-Be Developer
3. Risks and How to Manage Them
4. How to Find Land
5. Finding Finance
6. Doing the Deal
7. How to Manage Your Project
8. Marketing and Sales
9. Starting the Journey
Appendix A: The Development Appraisal in More Detail
Appendix B: Sample Letters to Landowners