The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Paramount Architects + Designers, London, EC1
Founded: May 2010
Main people: Richard Doone
Where have you come from? I trained at the Bartlett and joined Conran & Partners (then Conran Roche) in 1984. I became director of architecture in 1993 and managing director in 1998, and worked on projects including the Design Museum.
What work do you have? Since launching, Paramount has secured residential, hotel and landscaping projects. My experience at Conran was hugely varied, from 40-storey towers to noodle bars, across a wide range of sectors. I’ve always enjoyed this diversity and it provides business stability too, so I plan a similar approach with Paramount.
What are your ambitions? I believe that making growth a priority is an unnecessary distraction. Instead, I want Paramount to focus on building a reputation for high-quality work and providing a professional, collaborative service. If we succeed in this, it will indirectly result in more work and, therefore, growth.
How optimistic are you? The economy remains volatile, so our approach is to keep costs low, remain as flexible as possible and stay light on our feet. Being smaller and less cumbersome is definitely a good thing in tough times.