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New Practices #69: elips 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

elips design, Kings Cross, London WC1

Founded: April 2010

Main people: Principally myself, Elisa Pardini, though I do collaborate with friends and former colleagues from time to time. I am also looking for an intern to help me.

Where have you come from? I worked for Massimiliano Fuksas in Rome, then I moved to London to work for Foster + Partners.

What work do you have and what projects are you looking for? I’ve begun with clients that I found here in London. I’m now working on some refurbishments, two of them with extensions, one in Chelsea and one in north London. I am designing a restaurant in Shoreditch in a listed building and a pop-up shop close to Covent Garden which opens on 17 June. But I am also aiming to win some competitions.

What are your ambitions? I believe architecture has an important role, not only as a mirror of society, but also in the way it interacts with it. My aim is to design a public building: a museum, a public library, a square – spaces where people can enjoy themselves outside of a working or living environment. For that I would like to design a project that will care about the environment and the society around it.

How optimistic are you? Well, I am an optimistic person. The hard part is to make the decision and start. Then, if you smile at life, life smiles back at you.

Knightsbridge mews by elips design

Knightsbridge mews by elips design

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