The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Dominic McKenzie Architects, Islington, London
Main people Dominic McKenzie and Amanda Bate
Founded November 2011
Where have you come from?
McKenzie was a director at Alison Brooks Architects (ABA), where he worked for seven years. McKenzie was project architect for Accordia in Cambridge, winner of the 2008 Stirling Prize, and for the Folkestone Quarterhouse performing arts centre, which won an RIBA award. Bate was also at ABA and Grimshaw.
What are your ambitions?
‘My ambition is to make each project interesting, to try to be inventive, explore an idea or series of ideas no matter what the size of the project.’
What work do you have?
‘Like many architects, we began our careers working on domestic projects. To a certain extent this builds an expertise in residential architecture, which was the focus of work at ABA. Based on his background in the sector, McKenzie was one of the judges for this year’s National Housing Awards. The intention is to expand into larger scale residential projects. At the same time, we are also keen to explore other building types, to compete and collaborate to win work’.
How optimistic are you?
‘Very, the green shoots of recovery are definitely peeping through the parched recessionary landscape. There are a lot of cranes dotted around the skyline of London…’
Source: Will Pryce