New practices: buntingarchitects
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Buntingarchitects, Vauxhall, London
Main people: Mark Bunting
Where have you come from? South London born, raised and educated in Canada. I’ve now come full circle via firms like James Stirling, Dixon Jones, David Morley and, most recently, Modernist Irish firm Scott Tallon Walker.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? Mainly schools, masterplanning, lab facilities, some residential and CDM co-ordination services. I’m looking for more of the same through maintaining good relationships and getting repeat work with existing clients. I’m delighted to have just delivered my first built work: a hall and classroom block for a primary school in Bedford, built offsite and craned-in.
What are your ambitions? To keep the practice lean, profitable and maintain a healthy work/life balance. So far, it seems to be working. I’d like to remain in London and be known for producing good modern architecture with a minimum of fuss.
How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? After my first year… reasonably optimistic. Best advice: get yourself a Blackberry, a website and a friendly accountant. There’s no time for fear – I’ve survived previous recessions, so will survive this one too. I think clients appreciate the value for money they get with dedicated attention from an experienced owner of a small firm.
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