New practices: CRMA
The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
CRMA, London, Bangkok, Australia
Main people: Colin Munsie, Balduino Borico (both pictured), Suriyong Ken Suriyachat
Founded: July 2011
Where have you come from?
Colin has worked in Perth on schools and higher education, and co-founded Loughton, Munsie, Jeffery and Jodrell Architects. Balduino is a graduate from Westminster University and Ken works in Silom, Bangkok and is a part-time lecturer at the School of Architecture and Design, Assumption University and previously worked at Benoy in London.
What work do you have?
The team is currently working on the feasibility for apartment blocks in Bangkok and Phuket (pictured), as well as some commercial and smaller residential projects in London. Other projects include residential, retail and office projects Guinea, Kohn Kaen, Sisaket and Phuket.
What are your ambitions?
We hope to develop two or three international teams of 10 to 12 people sharing skills and expertise on a range of size and type of projects. Having met with members of the World Bank and Habitat for Humanity in Asia, the aim is also to assist in developments that help meet the acute need for housing and community access.
How optimistic are you?
We see the recession as a paradox. It offers great opportunities stimulated by great hardship. Funnily enough, it also allows professionals to be freed of constraints and have a chance to pursue wider visions. This can mean new relationships and different work, as well as a chance to ‘do things better this time’.