Gregory Cowan I am a Life Coach, Urbanist-architect, Educator and Urban Guide. Gregory, an Australian-born architect turned researcher and entrepreneur; has made London home since 2003. Working on urban experience, street design and place making. As an architect and educator, previously lived in Austria, Germany, Malaysia and Mongolia. Currently lectures and supervises research at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and University of Westminster. Working as an urban tour guide for WithLocals, and as an amateur musician, performing in various bands.. Home since 2014 was the 59 ft narrowboat “Dolly”, on the Regent's Canal. In April 2020, “The Architect’s Mooring” was published, as a chapter in Austria’s Graz Architecture Magazine, GAM16- Un/Common Special Issue. In May 2020 in the global pandemic, Dolly moved to continuous cruising on the waterways, and Gregory continues to work mainly on land in London and internationally.. Gregory transformed his career in 2020, consolidating experience from architecture, urban design and regeneration, urban tourism, street architecture and nomadology, into serving as a transformational life coach, guiding others in their lives, their careers and their businesses. In the pandemic lockdown, 5 years after completing his PhD "Occupying Streets", Gregory founded the architects coach. Gregory Cowan PhD (Street Des) PGCert (SSSL) M Arch (res) B Arch (hons) RIBA VSO Diploma of Transformational Life Coaching (Animas)

My Mentoring Topics

  • 1. Architects and/or Academics,
  • 2. Ethnic Minority Migrant Scholars and/or Professionals,
  • 3. Life Coaching
  • 4. Business Coaching,
  • 5. Developmental, Behavioural, and Performance Coaching
  • 6. Small business incubation, development and business education
  • 7. Urban development and street occupations after the Pandemic.
  • 8. Architecture and urbanism education.
  • Testimonial: "Thank you so much for your coaching time. Your sessions helped me to really grow in my professional career goals." Sitira Williams
20.May 2022

I have had a couple sessions with Gregory so far, and I have been nothing but delighted with them. Gregory is communicative, understanding, knowledgeable, and very helpful, and does everything he can to provide relevant advice and helpful connections within his network. My only feedback to Gregory would be continue his work and to continue to inspire new mentees! This has been a wonderful experience for me.

17.May 2022

It was truly a wonderful session ! He was gracious with his time and offered me some valuable inputs. I am amazed by the experience he has and the value he offers as a mentor. I am profoundly touched by his kind gesture for staying more than an hour and doing brainstorming with me to align with my goal. It is truly an open-minded space which I will cherish. He is a wonderful mentor to work with. As under his guidance, one can learn a lot given the amount of wisdom he accumulated over the years.

6.December 2021

The sessions were very valuable to my project management and time management skills, coaching me through how to manage my time, whilst setting realistic goals which can overall impact my organisation skills. I feel like my wellbeing has improved since having these sessions with you. It has been great having someone to challenge me whilst also help me to think about strategies and solutions to those challenges which I experience.

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The Tao of Coaching - Boost Your Effectiveness at Work by Inspiring and Developing Those Around You
Max Landsberg

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