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S1 E7: Damion Burrows – Architect/TV Presenter

Damion Burrows is an architect and TV presenter.

With a critical focus on design, Damion Burrows is known for his inventive approach to architecture, often looking outside the given parameters of a project brief to present creative interventions and expressive architectural concepts.

Damion Burrows: Work in Progress
Damion Burrows

Damion started out studying Interior Design at Manchester University before continuing on to complete his formal Architectural training. This gave him a great understanding of both the interior and exterior of buildings and homes.

Ampersand - Darling Associates
The Ampersand Building, Soho

Over his career he has delivered a number of award winning new-build and refurbishment projects within the commercial and residential sectors.

5 Seaforth Place, Westminster
5 Seaforth Place, Westminster

After 11 years at Darling Associates Architects, he made the decision to launch his own studio Damion Marcus Burrows Architects. Born out of decades of experience, DMBA has been established with a clear mission to create a fair, sustainable and equitable practice.

Axtell Soho, London (Photography: Peter Landers)

Drawing on his extensive industry knowledge and passion for architecture and design, Damion can be seen on TV presenting the architect’s perspective for property programmes, such as Grand Designs: House of the Year, How to Live Mortgage Free with Sarah Beeny and Your Home Made Perfect. He has also been a judge on the RIBA South West Regional Awards and currently sits on the Lambeth design review panel.

In August 2020, in-between recording episodes of the latest series of BBC’s Your Home Made Perfect, Damion and I spoke remotely about all aspects of his work, from his early life growing up in Sheffield, to what its really like to establish a brand new architecture practice during a global pandemic.

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S1 E2: Valia Gliati – Architect

Valia Gliati is an architect, currently working in London.

Originally hailing from the chaotic city of Athens, she is a Project Director at Darling Associates Architects, delivering exquisitely detailed homes and apartments.

Before lockdown, Valia kindly hosted our conversation back in February 2020 at her beautiful home in Battersea, South London. As you might imagine from an architect’s residence, it is an immaculate space; every aspect of her home is effortlessly chic and minimalist, which obviously takes a great deal of effort and consideration.

Battersea, London

Our conversation covers her early life in Greece through her approach to designing beautiful places to live in London.

Recording with Valia Gliati, February 2020
Recording with Valia Gliati, February 2020

Just before the interview, Valia revealed her sketchbook where she had been making notes about her proposal.

Valia Gliati's notes on her Five Rooms proposal

Valia Gliati's notes on her Five Rooms proposal

Valia Gliati's notes on her Five Rooms proposal

When I started this project, I was really excited to hear from a diverse range of voices and celebrate the different ways in which people will respond to being given a free rein with the Five Rooms. Her interpretation of the brief really blew my mind and I hope that you enjoy it too.

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