At home with the architects… meet Jean-Christophe Lépissier

There’s plenty happening at Reid Brewin Architects (RBA) at the moment, both in London and Parisian. From retail and office design, to data centres and SciTech, we’re proud of the team that keeps the business running 365 days a year.

This week, we’re getting to know Jean-Christophe Lépissier, our practice manager. Having joined the family in January 2019, we thought we would celebrate his work anniversary by putting him firmly in the spotlight.

Welcome to the blog Jean-Christophe! Firstly, summarise your role in one paragraph:

As a member of the support team, I work closely with Brigitte and Hanane to provide our Parisian practice and staff with the best possible service in HR, finance, organisation, and day-to-day life.

How do you think RBA differentiates itself from its competitors?

The business is incredibly client-oriented and frightened by absolutely nothing! We’re always keen to try something at least once, and are enthusiastic in our approach to projects, design, and delivery. That, in turn, helps to foster a very loyal and passionate workforce.

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

At RBA, I would like to establish more robust sub-consultant, insurance, HR, and financial processes within the practice. While personally, I recently bought a house in the south of France, so I would like to start work on my own little design project!

What three words do you think best describe RBA?

Dynamic, energetic, and professional.

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

Getting past the need for wearing masks in the office.

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

Davide Izzo, a member of the design team, for being the son of the greatest Italian pasta chef I have ever known!

If you were the boss for a day, what one rule would you implement?

All you can eat chouquettes every morning! For those not ‘in the know’, a chouquette is a French pastry that I am rather fond of!

Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know

I study theology in my spare time.

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

The Sex Pistols’ ‘My Way’ gives considerably more energy – and would fill up a dance floor – than the Wham classic, ‘Last Christmas’!

How do you switch off while away from your desk?

I take the office key off my keyring, and don’t think about my desk until I pick it up again.

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