The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Luis Treviño Architects, Putney, London
Founded: December 2010
Main people: Luis Treviño (principal); Alfredo Albanes (assistant); Militza Ortiz (practice manager)
Where have you come from? After a master’s in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, I worked with Rick Mather Architects for eight years before starting up.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? I am currently working on an extension for a Grade II- listed Georgian vicarage in Northumberland. I’ve almost finished an all-glass extension in Crouch End. It is all about capturing the light, especially alongside period architecture. There is so much to be done in the UK in this sense. You could start virtually anywhere.
What are your ambitions? We’re a very small practice and that has lots of benefits, particularly in the current economic environment. It also allows you to be personal - every site, client and brief is different, and we tackle every project with a fresh approach, learning from the past, but optimistic about the future. The biggest risk as an architect is compromising on your principles and stagnating. Architecture is a passionate profession and you have either got it or you don’t.
How are you marketing yourselves: We have a website and I do a lot of networking. We open projects for Openhouse and were named one of the five top picks this year - we had almost five hundred people over two days! I have also been fortunate enough to have been published in the New York Times, HOMES and Gardens, The Evening Standard Property Section and just this year in 25 Beautiful HOMES. It’s a cliche but word of mouth is the best recommendation.
Contact: +44(0)796 0975 663 . www.luistrevino.co.uk