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New networking club for young architects and developers launched

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Developer Martyn Evans has teamed up with RIBA president Jane Duncan to set up a new organisation for young architects and developers

The Young Architects and Developers Alliance (YADA) has been formed to promote a better understanding between developers and architects.  

It will begin as a series of networking events for under-35s to meet and share ideas. The first will take place at Pilbrow & Partners’ 8 Albert Embankment scheme on 24 November.

Evans, who recently stepped down as U+I’s creative director to start his own development company, Uncommon, will join Duncan as patron of the organisation, which will be run by a board of volunteers – four architects and four developers.

Evans said: ‘Young architects and developers are, for the first time in a long while, experiencing the kind of problems they are in business to solve – the affordability of buying a home, the ability to live near to where you work and being inspired about the place where you live. In an industry where mutual understanding between the two key players is often lacking, I think it’s essential that early in their careers young architects and developers make friends, understand each other and share ideas.’

Duncan said: ‘To solve our national housing crisis and to create the kind of places that drive economic and social sustainability, architects and developers need to work more closely together than they ever have before. YADA will offer them an opportunity to meet and talk, the basis of all good working relationships.’

The YADA board comprises architects Albena Atanassova of Scott Brownrigg, Belawal Hussain of WATG, Gareth Price of Lyndon Goode and Vinesh Pomal of Levitt Bernstein, plus developers Rebecca Garland of U+I, Alison Collins of Grosvenor, Grace Marien-Osborn of Berkeley Group and Jen Ponting of Argent.


YADA’s first meeting takes place 6.30-9.30pm, Thursday 24 November, at 8 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7SP. Tickets (strictly for under-35s only!) are available here.

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