Dr Christopher Houghton Budd

Christopher is an economist with practical experience in housing –  he has built, converted and extended over 30 houses, run a building company and from 1972 to 1984 managed a small co-ownership housing association in Sussex. The design of both buildings and leases were intended to allow people with a mix of financial and life circumstances to share a common site.

He is also involved in a project in Switzerland where he oversees 14 units held in a company responsible for leasing them at affordable rates in an architecturally impressive setting within a legally robust situation, that provides great housing and a sense of shared space and community.

In Argentina he is a consultant to a similar project in San Andres de Giles, where he is part of a team building ten houses set around a community centre and youth engagement project, which will also give young people employment and trades experience.

As an academic involved at policy level he has contributed to an EU-funded study on social housing in Europe and has recently submitted a paper on ‘Market Solutions to Britain’s Housing Crisis’ to the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.

I am an economist with practical experience in housing throughout my life. I have built, converted or extended over 30 houses, run a building company and from 1972 to 1984 managed a small co-ownership housing association in Sussex. The design of both buildings and leases was intended to allow people with a mix of financial and life circumstances to share a common site. Where possible the houses, a mix of stand-alone, apartments and terraces, were built with interconnecting but stop-uppable doors that allowed them to expand or shrink. The property was in a company, then leased to the housing association which on leased the units. Though it since became ‘privatised’, the development is still there, where it is the base of a thriving community with an emphasis on environment and the arts. 

I am also involved in a project in Switzerland where, again, we have 14 units in a company and the units are leased away in an architectural and legal setting that facilitates not just housing but a sense of shared space and community.

In Argentina I am consultant to a similar project in San Andres de Giles, Argentina, where we are building ten houses of various shapes and sizes set around a community centre and youth engagement project, where we also give young people employment and trades experience.

As an academic, I am also involved at a policy level. I contributed to an EU-funded study on social housing in Europe and have recently submitted a paper on ‘Market Solutions to Britain’s Housing Crisis’ to the Institute of Economic Affairs in London.

In 2014, prompted by Lewis Biggs, I did a sketch project for the Gasworks site, which has in mind my experience and the idea of maximising the open space, creating a strong shared responsibility culture and avoiding the usual ‘squash them in’ solution to density (i.e. profit maximising) constraints.