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New practices: 31/44 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

31/44 Architects, London SE1

Founded: 2011

Main people: Will Burges, James Jeffries, Stephen Davies

Where have you come from? We all met while working at Proctor and Matthews in the last 10 years. We have an office of three in London and one and a half in Amsterdam. We also have two other consultant architects with whom we are trying to secure larger projects; if we do so, they will join us more permanently.

What work do you have? Several residential refurbishment projects, new-build houses and a new stables in the South Downs. We are preparing designs for a conference facility in one of our favourite Brutalist buildings and are about to submit a planning application for a pair of houses in London. We have found most of our work by slowly building a network of contacts. We are keen to start entering competitions but it seems impossibly difficult to prequalify for many of them.

What are your ambitions? We want to grow but only to the point where it feels manageable and we can still have good direct relationships with clients. The process has to remain enjoyable.

How optimistic are you? Very. We have stayed busy and in the last 12 months our work has increased in scale.

How are you marketing yourselves? We struggle to find time to do that. Our most recent (and best) projects haven’t yet made it onto our website. A marketing firm is helping us to prepare material to actively seek larger projects.




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