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Meet the AJ MIPIM bloggers

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Introducing the 14 architects, developers, recruiters and local authority bigwigs blogging from MIPIM, exclusively for the AJ

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Julia Barfield

Co-founder of Marks Barfield Architects, Julia has studiously avoided MIPIM until now, but Marks Barfield has secured deals in Cannes in the past and now her time has come. Her British Airways i360 project will be on display in the UK Government Pavilion. 

Marks Barfield Architects


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Phil Coffey

Director of Coffey Architects. Find him at his stand in the London tent. Find him hosting a roundtable with the UK government. Find him drinking all your rosé. If you feel like Phil is everywhere, it’s because he is. And this year, he’s brought an entourage.

Coffey Architects

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Hal Currey

Hal is founder of HAL Architects in London. This year he is extending the art of MIPIM networking from the Croisette to the open road on the Cycle to Cannes with Club Peloton.

Hal Architects

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Chris Darling

Managing director of Darling Associates. At Chris’s 20th MIPIM, he’s looking forward to catching up with old mates, bigging up his projects and practice, and eating and drinking far more than is sustainable.

Darling Associates

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Mark Goodbrand

Associate at Heyne Tillett Steel and a structural engineer with 20 years’ experience. Having dabbled with MIPIM for the last three years, he’s yet to attend a party on a private island, but with a passion for long-distance swimming he’s in good shape to get there - while keeping a lookout for emerging projects.

Heyne Tillett Steel

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Sam Jacob 

Sam is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for Architecture and Design and is looking forward to riding the Croisette carousel once again. Metaphorically and, perhaps, literally.

Sam Jacob Studio

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John McElgunn

A partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, John is a returning visitor to MIPIM. He has planned an abstemious Lenten MIPIM, so will of course be avoiding all yachts, parties and Irish pubs.

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners






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Mark Middleton

Managing partner (London) at Grimshaw. Trying to catch up with everyone I know while operating in the Bermuda Triangle for developers created by Cafe Roma, the Manchester Bar and the London Pavilion.

Grimshaw Architects

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Jo Negrini

From Australia via Lambeth and Newham to being Croydon’s first female chief executive. Architects pay attention – she’ll be launching a design competition too.

Croydon Council

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Lindsay Urquhart

Lindsay runs Bespoke Careers, the world’s leading architectural recruitment agency. If you’re looking to source outstanding talent or discuss your next career move, Lindsay would love to hear from you.

Bespoke Careers

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Cordula Weisser

Director at ZCD Architects. Like the rest of the ZCD team heading out to Cannes, Cordula is a first-timer at MIPIM. She is hoping to sow the seeds for new projects, ideally at a party on a yacht…

ZCD Architects





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Chris Williamson

Co-founder of WestonWilliamson+Partners and the RIBA Ambassador for Business Skills. Chris will marvel on the amazing variety of scale, ambition and quality on offer from each developer, country and city. Always amazed.


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Robert Wolstenholme

The founder of Trilogy Property and a developer who specialises in unlocking potential in places through culture, creativity and technology. He is attending as part of the Manchester delegation for the first time, and is resigned to the fact that at some point he will end up in a karaoke bar.

Trilogy Property

Tatiana von Preussen

A co-founder of vPPR Architects. It’s her first time at MIPIM and she is excited to explore bigger, better and bolder opportunities in the Cannes sunshine.



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