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New Practices #55: 10 Design

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

10 Design, Hong Kong and Shanghai (with UK and US offices proposed)

Founded: September 2010

Main people: Gordon Affleck, Adrian Boot, Scott Findley, Ted Givens and Kishor Lad

Where have you come from?
We were all at RMJM and our work included the Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre and the Lifestyle Academy in Newcastle. We decided to make the move as we wanted to set our own agenda, and to create closer relationships with our clients.

What work do you have?
We’ve been fortunate to get new work from previous clients and have projects throughout Asia, including an international convention centre in India, and a sustainable energy campus in Shanghai. We are also working on a new facade system that strips pollutants from the air and an algae-powered urban farm for a local charity in Hong Kong.

What are your ambitions?
We are around 30-people strong at the moment and looking to increase this to 45 later this month with the opening of our Shanghai office. Hopefully we will reach around 120 to 150 people within the next two years, with an increasing presence in the UK and the US.

How optimistic are you?
Everyone has driven home the message  of cash collection and watching our start-up costs. We have been very fortunate with some of our clients going out of their way to ensure our cash flow was immediate, and this reinforces our belief in good relationships.


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