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New Practices: Gabor Gallov Architects

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

Gabor Gallov Architects,London W1

Main people: Gabor Gallov plus Nottingham students

Founded: March 2012

Where have you come from? I was born in Budapest, grew up in Canada and always wanted to work for Paul Rudolph’s New York office, but ended up in London. I spent my early years with Allies and Morrison and David Chipperfield. At Timothy Hatton Architects, I was inspired to set up in practice on my own.

What work do you have? I am working on a Fitzrovia town house for an opera singer and have just finished a small gallery in central London. I have started work with the owner of some excellent restaurants.

What are your ambitions? To stay in London and become known for working for real patrons of architecture. I am keen to keep hand-drawing an essential part of my practice both in the design process and in the communication of ideas.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? Architecture is changing and smaller firms are in a better position to give projects the thought and attention that is needed to retain architecture as a profession in the arts sector rather than just becoming another business. Technology also allows relatively small studios to take on more substantial projects.

How do you market yourself? My presentation drawings have been exhibited and published, I teach at Nottingham Trent University and I am also on the new Biennale Books editorial team.

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