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Marcel Ridyard

Associate Director

What do you do at AFL?

I lead the practice’s large-scale Sports & Leisure projects: taking an active role in developing business growth, carrying out initial bids and following them right through to the design and delivery stages.

I am also a sustainability champion in the practice, pushing for the incorporation of more green infrastructure in projects and a greater understanding of whole life-cycle carbon in the construction, use and eventual demolition.

What do you think are the best skills that you bring to your job?

I have a good eye for design and understand how best to deliver projects with simplicity and efficiency, incorporating the principles of BIM throughout the process. I look to bring out the best skills from everyone in my teams and encourage positive collaboration between all the consultants on projects.

What’s your passion outside of architecture?

Cycling, walking my dog and enjoying my garden. All of which allow me to see the outdoors with a different light every day.

What made you interested in architecture?

I first knew I wanted to be an architect when I was 10. I was fascinated by all types of construction projects and took a deep interest in building design. My proudest moment was watching the opening ceremony of the 2002 Commonwealth Games in the City of Manchester Stadium (now Etihad) which I had helped design for four years of my early career once the 2003 conversion to Manchester City FC’s home was completed.

Marcel Ridyard Senior Associate

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