1st Edition

How to Be an Architect Developer

By Amanda Baillieu, Gus Zogolovitch Copyright 2023
    176 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    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


    Amanda Baillieu is an award-winning editor, journalist and founder of Archiboo, an events and awards platform. She is a co-founder of Developer Collective.

    Gus Zogolovitch started running award-winning Solidspace, before setting up Unboxed Homes, London’s first custom build developer. He is a co-founder of Developer Collective.