Name: Harry Harris
Company: SUSD Ltd
Position within company: Managing Director
. Tell us a little about your background (education, experience, etc)
I studied architecture at University of Westminster and went on to work for the University in their Estates Strategy department. From very early on I decided I would explore the link between architecture and development and combine the two in one practice. I started the residential developer London Town plc with my friend and went from there to starting SUSD 10 years ago. We design and build everything from residential to hotels.
. How would you describe your own personal style?
I would describe my style as a London style; eclectic and multifarious
. Where does your inspiration come from?
I am inspired by high-quality construction projects, that are successfully completed despite complex financial and legal issues
. In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Architecture is less singular and borrows more and more from industrial processes,
. Name five key themes to consider when approaching property development in 2014 and beyond.
Design, Planning, Funding, Longevity, Community
. If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to development projects, what would it be?
Realistic and careful programming
. How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
It is industry recognised and beginning to reach funders.
. What projects are you currently working on?
Two hotels and a winery!
. What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To establish SUSD as a highly regarded designer and development partner
. Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession? My kid’s drawings
Your favourite holiday destination? Barbados
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? John Moores bar in Barbados
Your favourite book / film / song? The Corrections/One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest/Gimme Shelter
Your favourite food and drink? Sunday Roast/Guinness
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? Walking along the Southbank in the sunshine and then late lunch at the Wolsley or a few cocktails at the Groucho!
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Restaurateur
Anything else interesting? I am about to take part in my 10th marathon (London) for charity.