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New Practices #49: Pringle Brandon Drew

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

Pringle Brandon Drew, London

Founded: October 2010

Main people: John Drew, managing partner; Jack Pringle and Chris Brandon, both partners

Where have you come from? John was a former director at Rafael Viñoly and a partner at Foster + Partners. Chris joined Jack in 1986 to form Pringle Brandon which continues to run as a sister company.

What work do you have? We are looking at two projects in the City of London and two projects outside London. We are largely seeking work through our existing contacts and will also take part in competitions. Our experience is largely in commercial offices but we’re looking at the education, arts and residential sectors too.

What are your ambitions? People ask how large a practice we are aiming to be. There isn’t a perfect size – it’s a function of the work. Our ambition is to have interesting projects and work with good people. The value of any practice is based on the sum total of the knowledge and experience of the people who work there.

How optimistic are you? Very. It’s clear things are improving. Developers are looking at projects again with the aim of delivering buildings in 2014-15. It’s a great time to start a practice, especially with the backing of a reputable, high quality practice like Pringle Brandon. These difficult times demand buildings that really work for the end users – that’s what we will deliver.


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