The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Markus Jatsch Partners, Hackney, London
Main people: Markus Jatsch
Founded: July 2011
Where have you come from? I founded Jatsch Laux Architects in Munich/Germany in 1996 with Gunther Laux. From 2000 we also had an office in Boston which relocated to London in 2006. I headed the London office, Gunther the Munich office. To better focus on our individual interests, we decided to split the office into two separate companies in 2011. Gunther was mainly focusing on local work in Munich and Bavaria whereas I was more interested in international work.
I’ve previously worked with David Chipperfield Architects in London on residential and cultural projects in Belgium, Spain and the UK. Since last year, I’ve also collaborated with my wife Martha Schwartz on masterplanning and urban design projects.
What work do you have?
A private house in Belgium and public buildings for the Abu Dhabi Corniche beach revitalisation: a beach club, a community centre and two pier restaurants, as well as retail and service buildings along a 4km-long section for the new public beach. We are always looking for good clients and challenging projects.
What are your ambitions?
We’re consistently nurturing an innovative approach to design. Design plays an integral part in a sustainable solution for the built environment. A place or a building only has a future if people accept it and care about it. A good sustainability rating is not enough.
How optimistic are you?
We are very optimistic, despite the recession. Not restricting ourselves to only one market helps a lot, as well as approaching the profession with a perspective towards design and creativity.