Mat Lown

Mat is Senior Director, chartered building surveyor and a chartered project management surveyor with more than 25 years of working with many leading property companies, investors and asset managers.

Over the last 10 years, Mat’s focus has shifted towards sustainability and in 2007 he founded TFT’s sustainability consultancy. Mat and his team help TFT’s clients to understand the specific sustainability risks and opportunities when making property investment and development decisions. Ultimately, he would like to see sustainability becoming part of what constitutes best practice.

Mat’s passionate about sustainability and finds that writing and lecturing regularly for RICS and for other organisations is a means of expressing and sharing this enthusiasm. Mat’s articles regularly appear in Construction News, Estates Gazette, RICS and Property Week, and he is a lead author of the RICS Guidance Note, ‘Sustainability – improving performance in existing buildings’. Also of note is Mat’s thesis, ‘Building a Greener Future’, which was published by the CIOB in 1991. He is a member of several sustainability committees including the British Property Federation, British Council for Offices, CIC and Revo.

Mat is interested in how great buildings and places can create delight and he particularly enjoys the creative re-use of existing buildings. The South Bank is a great example of how a place can be rejuvenated by considered new interventions and careful restoration of the original building fabric.

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I have three children and so I spend a lot of my time keeping them entertained. I have a keen interest in 20th-century architecture and design – I’m a big fan of brutalist concrete architecture.

Having raced cross-country for many years, I’ve hung up my mountain bike and embraced road cycling, which started as a better way to commute and has now morphed into something a little more competitive. I have several thousand records, part of my DJing legacy that’s gathering dust in the loft. It pleases me that my children share my enthusiasm for cycling, but they have mixed views about my interest in architecture and taste in music!