The seventeenth in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Studio Meda, Camberwell, London
Founded: June 2009
Main people: Martin Ebert (pictured with colleague Ute Burdelski)
Where have you come from? I was an associate director at David Chipperfield Architects from 1999 to 2006. There I was project architect for the BBC Scotland broadcast centre in Glasgow, the Public Library in Des Moines, USA and the Ernsting Service Center in Germany. Prior to this, I worked for Peter von Seidlein and Hartwig Schneider in Germany. I founded Martin Ebert Design Architecture in 2006, which then evolved into Studio Meda.
What work do you have? We have been doing a number of private projects and competitions. We were design consultants for the BBC’s new headquarters in Salford. We have also collaborated with design consultancy iDEA on a number of masterplanning projects. For the future, we are very interested in housing with a strong emphasis on using timber as a construction material. We intend to gain new work through a mixture of competitions and corporate contacts.
What are your ambitions? We would like to grow the practice initially to about 12 people. This is a manageable size without too many hierarchical layers and yet capable of doing complex and demanding projects. We are interested in well-built buildings, design and construction quality, real materials and real projects. Apart from David Chipperfield, my main teachers were all Mies van der Rohe pupils and that level of structural and spatial clarity is still very important to us.
How optimistic are you? We think it is perfectly conceivable to be a small practice and do a small- to medium-size housing scheme as part of a larger masterplan with a big developer. Things are moving in the right direction. Besides housing, we are interested in workplace, and neither is going to go away any time soon.
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