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New Practices: Hamish & Lyons

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

Hamish & Lyons, Shoreditch, London, and the Cotswolds

Founded: July 2012

Main people: Hamish Herford and Nicholas Lyons

Where have you come from? We met while working at Hogarth Architects. Lyons arrived there from OMI Architects in Manchester and Herford from Hugh Broughton Architects. Lyons moved to Spacelab, after which he left to pursue various collaborations. During this period, Herford became a director at Hogarth Architects.

What work do you have? Our current projects include a 21st century interpretation of a thatched Japanese farmhouse on the River Thames; a restaurant remodelling in a converted Art Deco cinema with legendary engineer Tony Hunt; and a 300m² new build house occupying a hillside site in the Cotswolds.

What are your ambitions? One of our ambitions is to become developer architects. Our first development is the village pub near our Cotswolds studio. We aim to make it a showcase for our design and restore its central role in the local community.

How optimistic are you? We are optimistic enough to ignore the warning ‘Don’t do it’ from RIBA’s Good Practice Guide: Starting a Practice.

How do you market yourselves? We believe in making our own luck. Next week we are going to the races. We aim to make a tidy profit on the ponies while cross-fertilising (ie marketing ourselves) with the punters.







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