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RIBA Essex: Mikhail Riches projects talk

An online networking event designed to create dialogue and discussion for members in Essex. David Mikhail of Mikhail Riches will present on a range of projects, including Goldsmith Street, Clay Field and City of York Housing Delivery Programme.

You are warmly invited to the RIBA East Essex Branche's event for members from the combined Essex Chapters: South Essex, chaired by Peter Wislocki; Chelmsford, chaired by Phil Ruffle and Colchester, chaired by Laurie Anderson.

Our June event will be the last online talk until the autumn and we're delighted to welcome David Mikhail to present profiles on a range of Mikhail Riches projects, including Goldsmith Street, Clay Field and City of York Housing Delivery Programme. David will share his experiences and talk about how the practice is progressing its zero carbon agenda while making beautiful and comfortable places to live.

David Mikhail, Founding Director of Mikhail Riches

Having gained a reputation for designing exceptional individual private homes, David Mikhail established Mikhail Riches in order to improve the quality of housing across the UK.

David led the RIBA Stirling Prize winning Goldsmith Street for Norwich City Council – the largest 100% Passivhaus, 100% Social Housing scheme in the UK. He is currently leading a number of projects for the city of York, as part of their ambitious programme to build 600 homes across eight sites, all certified to Passivhaus standard and net zero carbon emissions in use.

He has a focus on the master planning and delivery of places that encourage social connectedness at their heart. Every scheme he does encourages people to meet each other and actively participate in their neighbourhood. David’s RIBA Award winning domestic work often helps guide our thinking of what people want when they think of a home.

His expertise lies in moulding architectural form from a range of strategic and detailed ideas into buildings that people love. David also has vast experience in both residential and mixed use design for a range of different clients from the public and private sector. He has successfully achieved planning approvals for clients on tricky sites such as conservation areas, the greenbelt, and listed buildings through his in-depth understanding of design quality and taking time to thoroughly understand the opportunities of each site.

He has also been a successful developer at Church Walk in Stoke Newington, purchasing a site at auction and building four new homes, and was the winner of the Mayor of London/RIBA Best London Building of 2013 Award.

If you have any questions for David or any of the RIBA East Essex Chairs, please email RIBA East or feel free to raise your query at the event.

Register now and join the online meeting by following the Teams link which will be sent out prior to the meeting from Eventbrite.