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New Practices #20: Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor

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

Timothy Smith & Jonathan Taylor, London, N2

Founded: February 2010

Main people: Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor

Where have you come from? Timothy was a project architect with Beevor Mull. He is a studio leader at Kingston School of Architecture and previously taught at London Metropolitan University. I (Jonathan) worked for Adam Richards Architects on museum and residential projects, and with Simpson & Brown Architects on restoration and conservation projects. Jonathan taught architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and we have collaborated since studying there together.

What work do you have? Current work includes a house on-site in Yorkshire, a studio for a graphic designer and several new dwellings in a Cambridgeshire village. We enjoy working in the residential field and with historic buildings, but our aim is to get more new-build work, moving towards public and commercial projects in time.

What are your ambitions? We consider it possible to have creative modern architecture with traditional virtues. Balance, proportion, character, intrigue and – we hope – wit are central to our work.

How optimistic are you? Very. Lots of work so far has been client-referred. We are developing a portfolio of interesting work which should serve us well as the economy picks up.

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