20 Questions

Our architects’ team is responsible for ensuring all our homes are designed to the highest of standards. By creating and developing beautiful living and working spaces, the team contributes directly to the quality of life for residents and staff.

Group Architect Madalitso Alfazema (Mada for short) is a RIBA-qualified architect with more than 15 years’ experience as a senior architect, team leader and project and development manager.

Here we catch up with Mada to find out a little more about him.

Career history: Studied Architecture at Greenwich University and then worked for a year with a retirement community developer as an Architectural Assistant on a year out. Following this, I then went to Oxford Brooks University for further Architectural studies where I qualified as a Chartered Architect and read a Master of Science in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability.

Madalitso Alfazema

Madalitso Alfazema

I then re-joined the developer company and spent 15-plus years working in the capacity of Senior Architect, Team Leader and Development/Project Manager. I trained as a Project Manager in 2014 which gave me a good grounding to expand my skills and mindset in effective management of projects, programmes and portfolios.

Interests: I have always been interested in art, music, fitness, Christian faith, current/world affairs, and spending time with my family. I have recently developed a passion in long walks and running.

 

Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Bruce Lee. I grew up on martial arts movies and had a full collection of his videos.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Exploring new hilly seaside resorts with beautiful beaches and scenic walks.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: I don’t have superstitions as I believe in God.
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Interesting question…my 3-year-old would be interesting company. She chats a lot and never stops singing and dancing so would provide some great entertainment to pass the time.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: My grandparents.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: A Mercedes C-Class Saloon bluetech.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: It takes a lot to get me angry but the one thing that can get me there quickly is people who have a blatant disregard for other people’s rights and welfare.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: Petrichor – that pleasant earthy scent that accompanies the first raindrops after a period of hot dry weather.
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Get ready for my early morning walk/run.
Q: Cats or dogs?
A: Cats
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: At 3 years old, chasing my sister down a corridor in our house when she took ‘my’ pawpaw fruit. She then dropped it, it split open and I put my foot in it and the end wasn’t pretty. I have the mark on my forehead to remind me.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: Your Home Made Perfect
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Being able to enhance people’s quality of life through high-quality design.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: Being away from my family.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: Streaming music and audio books
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
A: Sprinting
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: The birth of our two girls.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Barbequed pork and apple sausages, curly fries and salad.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: A life coach.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: Shaking hands and coughing freely without worrying about scaring people around you.

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