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Reza Schuster

MA (Hons) DipArch RIBA

Reza joined MJP Architects in 1999 where the majority of his work has been in housing, education and workplaces, including masterplanning and built projects for the University of Cambridge, masterplanning for Queen Mary University of London, proposals for the second phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village, and other housing for private developers including Crest Nicholson, Redrow Homes, Motcombe Estates and the Berkeley Group. He was voted onto our Board of Directors by our employees in 2011 and 2014. His key skills lie in design management, project planning and procurement.

Breadth of Experience
Reza is the director in charge of the first two buildings planned for the much anticipated Jersey International Finance Centre. He has also worked on office developments in London, at Paternoster Building One for Stanhope and Victoria Street for City & West End, both schemes with sensitive planning contexts, before moving on to housing for single people for LHA London at Belvedere Place Southwark. Reza was retained directly by LHA London for property search and development feasibility advice, has undertaken a dozen or so capacity studies for them, and was closely involved in the land assembly for their current MJP designed 13 storey residential tower in Westminster, which was completed this year.

Team Management
Reza was the Project Director for One Harrow, a new £143m, 32,500sqm development which was the cornerstone of LB Harrow’s town centre regeneration. His role included design team leader and management of a 15 strong in-house team prior to construction. As well as a successful 2007 Full Planning Application for the development site, the project included an Outline Planning Application for 420 dwellings on an adjacent disposal site. Reza has also led the team on recent applications in Jersey, including a 130 dwelling private development at Kensington Place in St Helier.

He was the project architect for the successfully delivered 200 dwelling West Cambridge Residences and Shared Facilities, set within the West Cambridge Masterplan and worked with the University Estates Department and other stakeholders in developing the brief, design and Employer’s Requirements prior to novation in the 2 Stage Design and Build project. He has also acted as the Employers Agent on a number of projects.

Recent Work
Reza is currently the Executive Architect for the Berkeley Family House, a prototype 100dph terraced housing typology which was developed from our “Sustainable Suburbia” research for the UK Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and which is currently under construction as part of the Kidbrooke Regeneration.

He headed the team for a number of recent successful residential applications including a mixed tenure development for Crest Nicholson in the Shaftesbury Park Estate Conservation Area, which had to respond to changes in mix due to the riots in Clapham and which had an accelerated programme allowing the agreement of contributions before the imposition of the Mayor’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

Civic Involvement
Reza is a Westminster resident. He is a visiting critic at The Bartlett School at UCL and at the University of Westminster. He is active in his local community and is the Secretary of a Residents’ Association for a 2,300 bedspace housing estate in central London. He is the founder of the London Student Accommodation Forum (L:SAF), a professional network set up to discuss topical issues about student accommodation in the capital, a member of the Twentieth Century Society and has a special interest in city centre housing.

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