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New Practices #73: JUMP Architects

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

JUMP Architects, Sheffield

Main people: James Pemberton (soft Southerner) and Andrew Brodie (Scot)

Founded: February 2011

Where have you come from? We were both associate directors with Bond Bryan Architects, before that James worked with Stuart Mosscrop in Milton Keynes, and Andrew worked with OBM Architects in the Caribbean. Any further back and it starts to get hazy.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? We’ve undertaken peer revues of bid schemes for a national contractor and got a smattering of domestic and education work. And we’re waiting on that tender - who isn’t ?

What are your ambitions? We’ve set up to be a hard-working, flexible practice providing clear, simple, economic and rapid solutions. The most important thing is to have done a good job for our clients and to enjoy doing it. We’ve no plans to flee South Yorkshire, or the north, we’ve both done the London thing and it’s vastly overrated and a little parochial.

Our dream would be to end up as a practice no larger than 20 to 25 people, large enough to tackle the big projects while still being small enough to enjoy the craic with everyone in the office. You don’t need to be terribly big to manage complex projects.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? Surprisingly, a good number of people have said they think it is a good time to start a practice, theory being if you can get it to fly in these conditions then who knows. The real issue for everyone is how long the recession will last. It certainly feels deeper and darker than the early 90’s and we suspect we’re not going to be staring at a recovery, or the green shoots, for another three or four years. We are also acutely aware that the future successful practice will draw on the amazing advances in ICT ,in order to work in new and exciting ways.

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