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New Practices #99: Stone Opera

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

Stone Opera, Glasgow

Founded: summer 2010

Main people: Hanneke Scott-van Wel and Kathy Li

Where have you come from? Hanneke worked for Gareth Hoskins Architects in Glasgow for two years, at Wingender Hovenier Architecten, Amsterdam for five years and had her own practice in Amsterdam. Kathy has worked for Studio Kap and Gareth Hoskins Architects and is part-time course director at Strathclyde University architecture department.

What work do you have and what projects are you looking for? Our work differs from most conventional practices in that we work with the wider public and younger generation involving them in architecture. We undertake community workshops and education programmes, which are now leading to potential buildings or installations. We’ve also designed an exhibition about the rise and decline of the Scottish High Street for Architecture+Design Scotland at The Lighthouse in Glasgow.

What are your ambitions? Long-term, we want to become known for excellent architectural research and design that is client and community led.

How optimistic are you? We are fairly optimistic about building up our own work, particularly developing expertise in pre-planning community engagement. It is an area that is overlooked or not properly developed by architects or clients. 


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