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New practices: Inter Urban Studios

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

Inter Urban Studios, London

Founded: January 2011

Main people: Micah Sarut, Micaela Martinez, Kenneth Okafor

Where have you come from?
After 18 months of travel to 13 countries, I started Inter Urban Studios in earnest. I previously worked at Space Craft Architects, Alan Camp Architects and ttsp. They were all good practices and I gained invaluable experience.

What work do you have?
We work a lot with Architecture for Humanity, currently on a community centre, dormitories and clinics, and a model farm for a football co-op in a former port town in Ghana to create a sorely needed community outlet and promote sustainable farming.

We do some competitions, most recently a house for people living with HIV/AIDS in Haiti and an upcycled shop for Hackney City Farm. Our commercial work has included a country house in Bedfordshire, a near-zero carbon house in Richmond, a self-sufficient farmhouse in Cuba and a LEED Platinum house in California.

What are your ambitions?
I’d like to do more international and varied work and grow the team to 20. You can maintain quality and client satisfaction but undertake large projects. I’d like to be the first sustainable starchitect.

How optimistic are you?
The competition is fierce. The preface of the RIBA Good Practice Guide: Starting a Practice says you should not even think about it, so what does that tell you? You have to be a dreamer.

Work by Inter Urban Studio



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