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New Practices #70: pow architects

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

pow architects, Clapham, London

Founded: March 2010

Main people: Gareth Pywell and Mark Owen

Where have you come from? We’ve known each other since our first day at Hull School of Architecture back in 1993. Mark was an associate for Farrells, and Gareth was an associate with Foster + Partners before he joined Farrells. Then we decided to bite the bullet and do our own thing.

What work do you have? We have a broad range of projects: a few one-off houses, one that includes a climbing wall in the loft, and a number of residential projects involving refurbished facades or new builds. We’re also working as a delivery partner for a well-known contractor on a 250-unit residential scheme in north London. Sustainability-wise, we are assisting a developer with a Code 6 house. The details are top secret, but it’s very exciting.

What are your ambitions? To grow over the next five years and to provide the quality service that our clients demand and that we always want to give.

How optimistic are you? Optimism is a must in this industry and we have it in plentiful supply. Our first year of trading ended in profit and we are set up well for the next one. It’s great to be your own boss – we would thoroughly recommend it.

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