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New practices: Kirkwood McCarthy

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

Kirkwood McCarthy, London E2

Main people: Fiona Kirkwood, Sophie McCarthy

Founded: January 2013

Where have you come from? We met while working at Woods Bagot in London. Kirkwood had worked at Australian practices Architects EAT and Project Architecture. McCarthy was an associate at Woods Bagot, having worked with UK practices such as Sutherland Hussey Architects.

What work do you have? Some residential projects across London – small house extensions, high-end refurbishments and a new-build residence. We hope to move into larger residential and mixed-use developments.

What are your ambitions? To continue growing and engaging with diverse project types and scales. Alongside commissioned work we hope to continue our stream of research-driven, self-developed projects that investigate emerging typologies, construction technologies and temporality. Every tenth day is a self-directed research day to encourage the studio to pursue ideas. We hope this will allow us to extend our professional services beyond specific buildings and positively contribute innovation and ideas to the broader built environment.

How optimistic are you? We’ve had a busy first five months, so we’re confident about the stability and growth of the construction industry.

How do you market yourself? Our commissions have so far come via word of mouth but the projects will build a portfolio we can use to bid for new work.

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