The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Kettle Collective, Edinburgh and Dubai
Founded: October 2012
Main people: Tony Kettle (centre) Colin Bone (left), David Tripney (right)
Where have you come from? Kettle and Bone both left RMJM this year. Prior to a short stint at RMJM, Tripney was managing partner at Holford Associates in Dubai before selling to Hyder Consulting.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? We are hunting for projects across the UK, Europe, Russia and Middle East. We will be working on projects of all sizes, although ultimately we would like larger scale projects. We will be looking at competitions, but will mainly get work through our network of contacts.
What are your ambitions? We want be known for being an international architecture practice that continuously pushes the norm and delivers very high-end buildings, as well as quality urban, interiors and products, using the latest technology in the process.
How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? We are naturally nervous when starting up but this is outweighed by the excitement of the opportunity. The global market and the recession are unknown quantities, but we believe that by spreading ourselves through different markets and geographical locations and across various sectors, we can spread the risk. The advice that we have been given is not to try and become too big too quickly, but keep it manageable and concentrate on great design, which is our main focus.
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