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New practice: Ruth Brennan 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

Ruth Brennan Architects, Norfolk

Founded:  September 2011

Main people:  Ruth Brennan 

Where have you come from? I did a degree in the history of art and architecture at UEA, then joined Feilden + Mawson as a technician.  After being made redundant, I ran my own practice while studying for Part I, II and III as a work based learner.  I joined Purcell Miller Tritton as an Associate four years ago.  After being made redundant again I set up my own practice to concentrate on conservation projects.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? I’ve a mixed bag of work at the moment, ranging from an industrial unit and a small housing development to repairs to a Grade I-listed church tower (pictured).  There are two on site, both consisting of re-ordering traditional Norfolk houses. I’ve had fun adapting them to make better use of some very convoluted, dark spaces.  I have just inspected the ruins of a priory ready to prepare a specification for repairs and  I’ looking for more conservation projects, especially church repairs and reordering.

What are your ambitions?
To concentrate on historic buildings, adapting them to modern needs and improving them to suit the people who use them.  The practice will grow over the next few years and will be known for personal service from sympathetic experts.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? My last practice began in the crash of the early nineties and did very well – so I am optimistic this time that things will stay busy.  Many clients prefer the personal touch only a small practice can provide.

How are you marketing yourselves? On the web, but go to several networking groups locally. People buy from people.

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