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Michael Ritchie

BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Michael joined MJP Architects in 2008 and has worked on projects for Harrow FE College, a theatre proposal for Balliol College Oxford and a new Office development for Berry Bros & Rudd in central London, which is currently on site. Michael was also part of the team for competition entry for the Science and Technology Museum in Yangzhou. He was promoted to Associate in 2011.

Recent Work
Michael is currently the project architect for a new development for Berry Bros & Rudd in the St James’s Conservation Area in Westminster. Seven storeys of office space are created above two basement levels of hospitality on a complicated inner city site, wrapped on two sides by Grade II* listed buildings and accessed via a re-configured shopfront to Richard Norman Shaw’s 1 & 2 St James’s Street. A historic façade to the rear of the Grade II* Georgian Terrace at Pickering Place is exposed for the first time in over 100 years.

Prior to work starting on this project Michael was the Project Architect, to RIBA Stage C, for a 13 storey residential building in Westminster. He carried out feasibility studies for consultation with the local authority and GLA, ensuring that planning could be achieved whilst maintaining the optimum number of rooms.

Michael joined the Harrow College team during RIBA Stage D. He led a series of studies which looked at how the various types of teaching spaces (ranging from those required for bricklaying & carpentry to sound studios, IT suites and drama) could be provided for within the flexible teachings wings.

Low Energy Design
Michael has a keen interest in the development of low energy building design and has particular experience in developing natural ventilation strategies for new buildings, as well as those from the recent past.

Michael has previously worked on a number of built projects using advanced passive techniques for the heating, cooling and ventilation of a various building types including a 500 seat theatre in Lichfield, an exhibition building for FutureHouse in Beijing, a departmental building for UCL in central London and an Arts and Architecture faculty building in Chicago. Michael has also been involved in the detailed monitoring of built projects analysing actual environmental performance against predicted.

He is currently in charge of MJP’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, and is a member of MJP’s Sustainability Group providing support, research and education in sustainability issues for staff. Michael has been a visiting tutor at the Undergraduate school at Brighton University.

Profile Image: Berry Bros & Rudd, Pall Mall London SWI1