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New Practices #32: 2e

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

2e, Manchester

Founded: June 2009

Main people: Kim Ebling and Nittai Edelmann

Where have you come from? Kim worked at Ian Simpson Architects, Urban Splash, Aedas AHR Architects and MBLA; Nittai worked at YA Rechter Architects – and we were colleagues at Sheppard Robson.

What work do you have? We’ve worked on a wide range of projects including Wirral Waters, the Israeli National Theatre, Leeds Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Business and Law, as well as bespoke housing extensions. We’ve a lot of experience in the commercial, educational, leisure and residential sectors. We are great believers in sustainable development, so would like to win more work reviving existing buildings, instead of them being demolished.

What are your ambitions? Currently there are two of us, but we aim to expand the practice in the next five years. An integral ‘mechanism’ allows us to adapt our scale accordingly. We set it as a lead consultancy practice, providing full project services, and out-source various remits through our approved-providers network. This allows us to run a tight ship, offering a comprehensive yet competitive and personal service.

How optimistic are you? The market is volatile and we expect it to continue until the end of this year. However, architects who demonstrate flair, creativity, understanding and value for money will always find work.


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