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New Practice #33: Feilden Fowles

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

Feilden Fowles, London, E9

Founded:  July 2009

Main people:  Fergus Feilden and Edmund Fowles

Where have you come from? We began collaborating on projects and competitions while studying at Cambridge, leading to our first major commission straight out of Part 1. Fergus went on to study at the Royal College of Art. Edmund studied at the Architectural Association. Our first project was completed during Diploma. We have also worked with Hopkins, Haworth Tompkins, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and CABE. 

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?  We’ve a range of projects, from environmental homes, studios and offices to schools work, including the masterplanning and refurb of a large secondary school. Our current work exhibits a playfulness with existing typologies and modes of construction informed by the prevailing conditions and detailed with precision and subtlety. We’re continually looking for more unusual and challenging work in all sectors.

What are your ambitions? We want to be a leading young practice this decade, working at all scales.  Our enthusiasm and total commitment to environmental design and the quality of our work is winning us projects. We aim to be a multi-disciplinary practice willing to work with anyone, anywhere and are looking to expand our collaborative and experimental approach into larger scale work and urban realm projects. We want to develop projects that specifically address the relationship between architecture and urbanism.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? We’re excited. Our clients are happy and our buildings are getting noticed. Our strategy has been to start young and to build as much as possible in order to learn through construction rather than speculation. Our aim is to hit the ground running when things pick up.

Website address: www.feildenfowles.co.uk

Address: Unit 5  47-49 Tudor Road, London E9 7SN

Phone: +44 (0)20 8985 9888   

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