Join us at the 2022 LEAF conference in Amsterdam

We are attending the 2022 Leading European Architecture Forum (LEAF) conference at the Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport on October 12th-13th.

Director Michael Swiszczowski will be on a panel discussing the opportunities and challenges of low or zero-carbon buildings.

On the 12th of October at 14:40, Associate director David Wood and senior architect Alexander Esfahani have the second-day closing presentation slot, to discuss the rise of advanced technologies in the built environment and how they are making a positive impact. Associate director Mariia Grachova from our Brussels studio will also attend the event.

LEAF brings together senior decision-makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, engineers, interior designers, government officials and supplier partners to discuss future building projects, and shares ideas and best practice within the industry.

LEAF 2022 will focus on forward-thinking strategies to deliver on net zero targets and explore how technology, digitalisation and the coronavirus pandemic are transforming the built environment across the entire supply chain.

To register, and for agenda details, please visit:

To connect with Michael, David, Mariia or Alex in advance of the event, please see their contact details below.

Michael Swiszczowski (BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB, RIBA)

Director, UK

Michael joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise. He joined the UK Board in 2022 and continues to take an active role in developing the practice’s residential and hospitality sectors across the UK business.

He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation, hotels, serviced apartments and modular construction.

Michael is a regular speaker at residential and property conferences where he articulates Chapman Taylor’s design approach and skill sets. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North West.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Build-to-Rent / Student Accommodation / Hotels

David Wood (BA (Hons), BArch, Architect)

Associate Director, UK

David joined Chapman Taylor in 2010 as BIM Manager for the Trinity Leeds project. He became an Associate Director in 2014 and is responsible for leading the implementation of Chapman Taylor’s BIM strategy across the Group and managing our team of highly-experienced BIM specialists.

He has over 10 years’ experience in implementing BIM, and regularly presents at local user groups and UK and international conferences.

Areas of expertise:

Building Information Modelling (BIM) / Change Management / Continual Improvement

Alexander Esfahani (Bsc(Hons), MArch, PGDip ARB)

Responsible Design Group Lead

Alexander joined Chapman Taylor’s Manchester studio in 2016 as part of the Feasibility team, predominantly focusing on the Residential and Mixed-Use sectors.

He has experience working on a wide range of projects at all work stages, with recent projects including Manchester Goods Yard which was successfully handed over in 2021.

Alexander is passionate about creative design and has been instrumental in developing our sustainability strategy and a number of R&D initiatives. As the global head of Chapman Taylor’s Responsible Design Steering Group, he promotes and coordinates environmental principles and best practice within the company.

Areas of expertise:

Residential / Workplace / Responsible Design / Net Zero Carbon

Mariia Grachova (MS Arch)

Director, Brussels

Mariia has worked on major retail, transportation and mixed-use schemes in Europe, Africa and South Asia, including the Brussels Airport Connector building, Evry2 shopping centre and the adjacent Place des Terrasses urban regeneration development near Paris, Douala Airport in Cameroon and Dolmen shopping centre in Lahore, Pakistan.

Mariia joined Chapman Taylor in July 2012 and became a Director in 2023. Committed and rigorous, Mariia has displayed great leadership skills and is technically proficient, as well as being able to speak several languages.

Areas of expertise:

Retail / Transportation / Mixed-Use / Delivery

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