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New Practices #57: deDraft

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

deDraft, London, E17

Founded: December 2010

Main people: Grant Straghan

Where have you come from? For the past six years I was a project architect at DMFK Architects in north London. Before that I worked at Studio BAAD in West Yorkshire.

What work do you have? At this early stage, my workload is purely residential. Recent completed projects include an internal refurbishment in Highgate and a roof extension in Belsize Park. I’m on site with a challenging ‘listed’ refurbishment in Hackney. I have made some interesting contacts with the potential to break into the retail and commercial fit-out market.

What are your ambitions? Securing interesting projects is the main objective and developing good relationships with both current and potential future clients and contractors. I see collaborations with other architects, designers and artists as key to my progress, forming creative partnerships rather than directly taking on employees.

How optimistic are you? The current level of interest in young practices is definitely a positive sign and I feel optimistic that over the next few months work will continue to come in. My fear is that it doesn’t. The best advice I received was to work hard to maintain good relationships with whom you work or aim to in the future. The responsive personal touch with a smaller firm definitely offers a benefit.

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