Alex Ely, Mae Architects “In the early years I was more of a chess master….now I am more like a gardener.”


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Alex Ely, principal of Mae Architects, reflects on 20 years in practice and explains how Mae’s commitment to architecture that contributes to the betterment of society and improves people’s quality of life, helped the practice to navigate public sector procurement methods.

Evolution of practice articles from RIBA Journal (by Rachel Birchmore and Emma Keyte referred to in this episode)



Thinking on next gen


Coaches On The Couch is co-hosted by Louise Rodgers and Rachel Birchmore who are exec and leadership coaches. They design and deliver bespoke leadership development programmes and coaching for architects, engineers and other consultancies across the built environment. For more information, please visit

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