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New Practices #3: db architecture studio

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

db architecture studio, Upper Norwood, London

Founded: February 2009

Main person: Dagmar Binsted

Where have you come from? I was working for BDP as a project architect on commercial and mixed-use buildings. The recession unfortunately changed my plans for staying there. My career started at Tatiana Fabeck Architecte in Luxembourg, where I learned how an ambitious small practice can beat the competition of large practices.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? I established contact with local homeowners through this year’s Architect in the House scheme, run by the RIBA and Shelter. There is also a possibility of collaborating with old friends from Europe on competitions for larger projects.

What are your ambitions? db architecture studio will hopefully grow into an innovative multidisciplinary design studio. Living in South London I feel very passionately about my area, so will try and stay within Lambeth.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? At the beginning of something new, there is always a positive feeling. It is not easy for small practices to do anything other than small residential projects, but that type of work is still abundant. It looks like France and Germany may come out of recession before us so I will definitely try to work with my contacts there.

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