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New practices: Dingle Price

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

Dingle Price Architects, Hackney, London N16

Main people: Dingle Price

Founded: December 2011

Where have you come from? I trained as a furniture designer before working in interiors – my first job was for David Collins Studio. From there, I found my way into architecture, and I have worked in several practices – the first was 6a architects and the most recent 5th Studio. I teach a design studio at the University of Cambridge.

What work do you have? Current projects include a terrace of houses in Somerset, artists’ studios in Nottingham, a café in Bethnal Green and a number of residential projects across London. We have submitted a scheme for a large housing competition in Scandinavia.

What are your ambitions? Most of our work has been residential and arts-based. I hope this will continue, but we are keen to work at a larger scale. I’d also like to do more collaborative work. We have worked with artists, but we would like to team up with other disciplines. I think the practice will stay small – I’ve always chosen to work for small practices and that still appeals.

How optimistic are you? Optimistic. And cautious. Clients come to us because they see that we can do big things with small budgets – they think we can make their money go further. We are interested in architecture as a means for securing maximum quality in the face of economy. 

How are you marketing yourselves? We do not market ourselves, but we will have to eventually.

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