The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
David Tigg Architects, London W10
Founded: Early 2009
Main people: There are currently four of us, with two directors, David Tigg and Rachel Coll
Where have you come from? David was at Wilkinson Eyre then had brief stints at Foreign Office and Marks Barfield. Rachel joined after five years at Project Orange where she worked on projects such as the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Rooms.
What work do you have? Our biggest is a development in south west London where we are looking at up-cycling a 1980s mixed-use block to provide luxury apartments and commercial space. We would like to get into more of this type of work and most importantly keep things quite varied – we are very excited at the moment as we have been talking to new clients about a potential new theatre and restaurant project in London and a new contemporary villa in Libya – which would be fantastic opportunities – so watch this space.
What are your ambitions? We’ve doubled to four staff over the last year and hope to continue to grow steadily – economy permitting. Until now
we have been concentrating on setting up the business, but one of our goals for the next year is to fit in a few competitions/collaborations to get our name and ideas out there.
How optimistic are you? We have been very fortunate and recognise that we set up in not the easiest of economic situations but have tried to take things steadily building up finances as well as a profile in order to plan and manage our growth. We are optimistic for next year but are treading carefully.
Our biggest asset is our youth and freshness. Our clients like our energy, enthusiasm and new ideas, and our size permits attention to detail you may not get with a larger firm. This, combined with our high quality experience, has helped us to grow in what are considered to be very tough times for architects.