The name ’Adventure in Architecture’ may sound more like the newest theme for an escape room, but it actually represents a team of five property professionals taking on one of the boldest challenges Metropolis ever remembers hearing about.

Adventure in Architecture

In an effort to put any sporting New Year’s Resolutions to shame, a team of architects, property lawyers, project managers and surveyors are set to attempt the fastest summit of the three highest African mountain peaks in three weeks – a feat that has only been achieved once before.

The extraordinary expedition begins on January 24 and will see Paul Olliff (Ashfords), Jon Lloyd and Russell Brooks (Rider Levett Bucknall) and Jon Beswick and Joe Mills of Adventure in Architecture leave behind their desk jobs to not only climb Mount Stanley, Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro back-to-back but attempt to scale each climb in under a week and fly between countries after each ascent. 

Oliff said: “It’s great to be a part of such an unusual, technical and challenging expedition, with the aim of raising as much money as possible for a fantastic cause. We as a group enjoy challenging adventures as much as exciting property projects and the more difficult the test, the greater the exposure we hope to achieve for the charity.”

An even more significant peak the team aim to crest is raising a record sum for property industry charity LandAid - donations can be made at

Alice Lamb, LandAid’s director of fundraising, added: “We at LandAid want to extend an enormous thank you to the brave souls who are undertaking this unbelievably impressive challenge, which is raising invaluable funds to help end youth homelessness. I’ve seen a lot of truly amazing feats in my time at LandAid so far, but this three-week expedition is definitely one of the most ambitious I’ve seen anyone attempt. We wish the team the absolute best of luck, and we can’t wait to follow your journey across the peaks.”