Thursday 19 Sept 2019

New Housing Models


Sarah Ernst - Architype

Justin Nicholls - Fathom Architects

John Murray - Airey Miller

Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am


The Government currently has a target of building 300,000 homes a year. To try and meet this demand local authorities, housing associations, developers and designers are providing a wave of new ideas and initiatives to increase the supply.  But how many of these are credible and will provide housing that is fit for purpose and be affordable to those of greatest need?


Baroness Brown, chair of the Committee on Climate Change’s adaptation subcommittee warned against allowing "300,000 substandard homes that will need upgrading to be built". Come and join us for our first Residential Construction Network breakfast event of our 2019-2020 programme as we discuss:

  • What New Housing Models are in the current market?

  • Who are they targeting?

  • What quality standards are they meeting?

  • How sustainable are they?

  • Can they be rolled out in large volumes?


Sarah Ernst

Sarah is a senior architect at Architype.

She is currently working with the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a forward-thinking Community Land Trust to deliver up to 33 self-build homes in Ladywell, Lewisham. Alongside this she is working with Lewisham Homes (an ALMO) on a pilot project to refurbish three sheltered housing schemes.


She co-facilitated a MArch/Masters Design Studio at the University of Sheffield in 2013/2014 questioning the process of market-led urbanisation by getting to grips with the global urban housing crisis, and exploring some of the responses by citizens through different forms of collaboration and exchange.

Sarah volunteered for Architecture Sans Frontières - UK for 7 years and helped to facilitate a series of workshops in India in the UK, India and Colombia to engage built environment students and professionals with participatory approaches to address complex issues such as vulnerability and risk.

Justin Nicholls
Fathom Architects

Justin founded Fathom Architects and leads the design direction of the practice with a combination of his inquisitive nature, creativity and proven technical skill. His architecture career spans over 20 years. During 11 years at Foster + Partners, Justin worked on a series of international projects including Beijing International Airport, leaving as Project Director in 2004 to become one of the original Partners of Make. Here he led a team focused on heritage, residential and higher education for 12 years, delivering high profile projects such as Grosvenor Waterside, St James’s Market and The Big Data Institute for The University of Oxford.

Justin is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a trustee of the Westminster Society and an active member of Southwark and Brighton’s Design Review Panels tasked with supporting communities, local authorities and developers in the delivery of high-quality design.


In 2015 he became a Freeman of the City of London as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects. A member of the RIBA Education Review Practice Committee, Justin is part of a team who develop the agenda for changes in the structure, content and delivery of UK architecture education. He has been a tutor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture since 2008, and an examiner for the University of Westminster.

John Murray
Airey Miller

John has a wealth of knowledge in the residential sector and a particular specialism with developing registered provider clients. He has significant experience co-ordinating regeneration bids and uses his skills to lead the team to successfully broker new opportunities, deliver on joint venture partnerships as well as acting as lead partner with their PRS clients.

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