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New Practices #16: Konishi Gaffney

The sixteenth in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy

Konishi Gaffney Architects, Edinburgh

Founded: March 2009

Main people: Kieran Gaffney and Makiko Konishi

Where have you come from? Kieran spent six years at Heatherwick Studio, starting as the practice’s first employee. Makiko trained as a designer and joined the practice in 2000. We then spent three years working in rural Japan. On returning to the UK, we chose Edinburgh as
a new place to live, and started work by self-building our own house and studio in 2008.

What work do you have? We have four new-build houses and a number of domestic-scale projects in London, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are working on a playgroup for under-fives, which we hope will be a springboard to other work.

What are your ambitions? Our ambition is to work on as wide a range of projects as possible (a challenge in an increasingly specialist profession). We want to continue work on the domestic scale but also on education, arts and ‘place-making’ projects. We’d like to maintain our university links and develop research ideas. Our main goal is to produce a creative, distinctive body of built work.

How optimistic are you? We are ignoring the recession (as it didn’t figure in our decision to start up). We are enjoying work and are confident that there is more out there to do. The challenge for us is to expand our workload to non-domestic projects.


Konishi Gaffney - selected works: small family house in Portobello - copyright Alan Craigie

Source: Alan Craigie

Konishi Gaffney - selected works: small family house in Portobello - copyright Alan Craigie

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