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Cany Ash

Women in Practice profile: Partner, Ash Sakula

FIRST PROJECT The Limehouse Basin: an alternative vision

CURRENT PROJECT The Deptford Project mixed-use market quarter

DESIGN ETHOS Strengthening places and inventing places for people

CLIENTS Free Form Arts Trust, Peabody, Leicester, Igloo, Chapter Arts, Adnams, Cathedral, Garbe, Colchester, the HCA and others

ADVICE TO ASPIRING FEMALE ARCHITECTS Don’t lose your sense of humour, it is the best weapon; network with nice people, share work and thoughts

ON CHILDREN It is all very complicated and personal. I think children can make you feel guilty and it is vital not to let them do that; they will find a way of growing up, laugh at the bad parenting, and respect the fact you love your work

BEST DEFENCE AGAINST SEXISM To open up new territory; new kinds of clients, and new ways of streamlining work so it is more fun and leads to better outcomes

INSPIRATION Lina bo Bardi: brave, prolific and very interested in the potential of spaces to energise people

Place of study Cambridge and Westminster
Current project The Deptford Project mixed use market quarter
Clients Free Form Arts Trust, Peabody, Leicester, Igloo, Chapter Arts, Adnams, Cathedral, Garbe, Colchester, the HCA and others
Featured project UK Centre for Carnival Arts
Client UKCCA
Date completed 2010
Budget £3.8m
£/sqm 1700

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