New Practices #14: Arden Kitt Associates
The fourteenth in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Arden Kitt Associates, Caerphilly, South Wales
Founded: early 2009
Main people: Chris Brimble and Justin Williams.
Where have you come from? Chris was in-house architect at Newydd Housing Association, having previously worked at Boyes Rees Architects. Justin joined from Holder Mathias Architects, having worked at Powell Dobson Architects and Stride Treglown.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? We have a number of ongoing projects. These include improving a special-needs school, housing association commitments, a one-off house, extensions to Edwardian and Victorian villas and listed buildings. Our aims for the coming year are to nurture our client base, win large projects in the social housing and community sectors and target future opportunities.
What are your ambitions? We want to develop a brand of well-crafted and sustainable architecture. We estimate a practice size of between five to eight people as being a realistic medium-term goal.
How optimistic are you?
Very, but we take a prudent view about the short term. More than 80 per cent of our work so far was client referred or from existing relationships. We believe that by working the ‘hard yards’ and pushing for growth in the current economy, we will create a successful business foundation.