The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Ansham, Folkestone, Kent
Founded: October 2009
Main people: Shyam Patel
Where have you come from? I left Grimshaw as a newly qualified architect. I was previously an intern at HCP in India, and my first work experience in architecture was with Foster + Partners.
What work do you have?
We are working on two private houses, one in south London and one in Surrey, which centres around a courtyard and has two small follies that emerge at lower-ground-floor level. We are also working on a mixed-use residential and pharmacy building in Greater London, a big basement extension to a house in Knightsbridge and a nightclub in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
What are your ambitions?
Our plan is simple: only do what we love. If we do it very well, people will pay us to do more work we love doing. It may be a naive plan, but it’s served us well so far.
How optimistic are you?
We have the opportunity to design buildings that are more intelligent, more beautiful, better for the environment and more efficient than ever before. It’s exciting. If we stick to projects where there is a brief born from necessity rather than whims and desires, they have a good chance of getting built, even in the recession.