The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Atelier73 Architecture, Southend-on-Sea
Main people: Laurence Becker
Where have you come from? I am French but trained in the UK. I previously worked for both Plater Claiborne and CHBC Architects before redundancy saw me project managing the delivery of capital projects for Southend Borough Council.
What work do you have? We currently have a number of substantial extensions and remodelling projects on the books, all at various stages, with the majority being residential clients. We’re fascinated by new materials and methods of construction which aim to reduce the carbon emissions of a building, existing or new. One of our projects is Woodlands Park house, transforming and upgrading a 1950s house into a contemporary home tailored to suit the client’s needs. We were also fortunate to secure projects in both France and the Channel Islands. Most of our projects have been secured through recommendations.
What are your ambitions? As a small practice we are able to provide many benefits in the current climate, and aim to secure our reputation for providing intelligent solutions for bespoke sustainable, contemporary buildings. Our ultimate aim would be to grow the practice, focusing on one-off homes.
How optimistic are you? Setting up from scratch has been a challenging task but we remain optimistic, as we have so far managed to secure a steady flow of new projects.
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