At home with the architects… meet Bruno Espinho

One of the greatest strengths of our pan-European architectural practice, is the diversity within the team. Home to 12 different nationalities, each one of our colleagues brings something to the table – and deserves their moment in the spotlight.

That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know a little bit more about our London-based architect, Bruno Espinho – as well as what makes him tick.

Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph:

I am an ARB and RIBA chartered architect and get involved in all the working stages of both UK and French projects at RBA.

How do you think Reid Brewin Architects differentiates itself from its competitors?

I have several answers for this! Firstly, we have architects originating from several countries around the world, each of whom brings incredible diversity, knowledge, and experience to the business. Secondly, despite the challenges of the Covid pandemic, RBA has been extremely resilient throughout the various lockdowns and truly looked after its workforce — which was inspiring. Finally, RBA’s culture remains at the heart of everything we do — each person’s opinion is valued and taken into consideration, to benefit both the team and the business.

What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months – at Reid Brewin Architects and individually?

RBA is giving me the space and tools to achieve my personal goals and hopefully progress into a project manager role.

What three words do you think best describe Reid Brewin Architects?

Diversity, collaboration, and innovation.

What would you like to see change in the working environment?

Having the flexibility of working from home is fantastic, however, it would be great if we could boost colleagues’ interaction, wherever they happen to be based.

If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?

It’s very difficult to choose just one person, but my first thought was Yvonne McCormack, for her ability to complete an extraordinary amount of work — and in several different areas — in a short space of time. I would also like to give a special mention to Antonio Dazzo, who has been a great team player and offered fantastic support to me since I started my RBA journey.

If you were the boss of Reid Brewin Architects for a day, what one rule would you implement?

I would arrange one teambuilding activity per quarter — to allow everyone to get to know each other and discover new strengths in a different environment

Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know

I am a Ferrero Rocher addict. My record is 64 chocolates — in under an hour! This wasn’t a deliberate achievement, I was watching a film and eating them like popcorn

It’s the work Christmas party and you’re next up on karaoke – what’s your song?

I’d class myself as more a ‘shower singer’ but if I had to pick a karaoke song, I’d say The Scientist by Coldplay.

How do you switch off while away from your desk?

I love sports, so I spend most part of the time at the gym, running outside, or playing volleyball.

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