One of the UK's most experienced construction writers

Michael Willoughby has been writing about building for eight years, making him one of the UK's top freelancers in the profession with a knowledge both broad and deep.



Michael says: "I fell in love with architecture visiting National Trust properties with my parents. Once I started looking up at buildings, I couldn't stop.


My first two successful pitches, to QS News and Architect's Journal came from looking up - at the then new HQ of the Southbank Centre workforce on Hungerford Bridge, wondering about how they kept the noise down. And then at the wonderful, restored ceiling at Wren's St Mary Aldermary.


After I began covering the industry in 2004, I discovered how much of the interest lay in the way buildings were planned, designed and put up. I began to look at all the many different aspects of construction from that point, and I've never looked back.


So far, I have written about:   


  • sustainability 
  • social housing
  • surveying
  • legislation 
  • planning
  • transport
  • energy efficiency
  • architectural theory and criticism 
  • pre-fabricated construction 
  • BIM and other 3D software
  • PPPs
  • demolition and groundwork
  • lighting 
  • interior design 


I have written news and features for most of the UK's top construction and architecture magazines, including:


  • Building
  • RIBA Journal 
  • Building Design
  • Architect's Journal
  • OnOffice
  • FX 
  • idFX
  • Alto 
  • Contract Journal
  • Modus 
  • Design Insider 
  • Contract Manager 
  • Construction Journal


Among my construction, design and architecture clients have been: 

  • Willmott Dixon 
  • Fairhurst Ward Abbot
  • British Contract Furnishing Association
  • Saint Gobain
  • Kyson architecture
  • In House Communications  
  • Arup 
  • Laing O'Rourke 
  • Screwfix
  • Travis Perkins
  • NHBC
  • Nord-Lock
  • Federation of Master Builders 
  • JLL 
  • Ballymore
  • Acoustic Products
  • Axis
  • LVO Systems
  • UV Architects
  • Tamdown
  • National Energy Services


Wherever I go as a copywriter, journalist or creative writer, I will always return to and regard construction, design and architecture journalism as my first home. And I still look up at buildings every day."


Contact Us

  Michael Willoughby


  Takooba Ltd.

  4, Bovet Court

  164, Harford Street


  E1 4GE 

  + 44 7717 501254


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What people are saying about Takooba...

"This is incredibly helpful and very good copy editing, thank you so much. I totally agree with your suggestion about how this should be structured..."  Helen Slater, Marketing, Publicity & Promotions Manager, Intermusica


" Highly recommended.  He writes beautifully and is a pleasure to work with.” Ellis Woodman, editor, Building Design magazine.


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"Just wanted to say as well you've done a brilliant job on the first mag edits. Really well done, Michael." David Cartwright, features manager, GHSE Magazine.


" I love the feature. Thanks very much!" Gabrielle Vinyard, assistant editor, Architect's Datafile


" Well, we got there Michael. Many thanks for a great job." Oliver Parsons, editor, Sunday Publishing.


" A main board director has approved the article. Thanks for your efforts - I know it was a tough one!" Anna King, owner, Informare


" I really do appreciate all the work you put in on the videos – your script writing, in particular, was really fantastic." Eleanor Perkins, press and fundraising, Habitat for Humanity.

" Michael is a strong writer and strategic thinker who has a view of the big picture, and a very quick study of new ideas.” Ken Banta, head of corporate strategic affairs, Bausch + Lomb. 

" Michael Willoughby is a highly experienced writer with an amazingly enquiring mind and a great list of contacts. He's extremely dedicated and it's been a pleasure to work with him," Sarah Richardson, former editor, Building Magazine


" I worked with Michael for two years in NYC at one of the most prestigious PR agencies in Manhattan. Michael's attention to detail and strong work ethic were vital to our team.  Not only that he's a lovely bloke too!" Bridget Fishleigh, partner, Nomad Communications


" And we're done. JIPIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEE. Thanks a lot for all the content :)))) happy days!" Martha Rzeppa, online marketing consultant, Milestone Marketing.


" I’ve worked with Michael when I edited onoffice magazine and now ALTO; his writing is always pithy and entertaining," Elizabeth Choppin, former editor, Alto Magazine


" Have you seen this man’s writing? It’s sublime” Liz Male, Liz Male Consulting


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