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New practices: AHR

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

AHR, London, Manchester, Leeds, Huddersfield, Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Bristol and Glasgow

Founded July 2014

Main people Brian Johnson, Martin Wright, Samantha Smith, Anthony Langan, Richard Blair

Where have you come from?
We’re not new in the normal sense; our partners all came from Aedas. Before that, they worked at Holford Associates, Abbey Hanson Rowe and Temple Cox Nicholls.

What work do you have?
We have experience across a range of sectors. Current projects include: 12 schools in the North-East for the Priority School Building Programme, two academies in Dubai, the Bath University School of Architecture and Engineering, new offices for Blackpool Council, the mixed-use Green Quarter in Kazakhstan and the Saudi Arabia embassy in Astana. We will be looking to build our experience and develop more projects with end-user requirements.

What are your ambitions?
AHR is focused on increasing design presence. We hope to be known for producing cracking designs that are built to last – we want to build on our reputation as a ‘safe pair of hands’.

What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
We have taken the decision to start AHR because it is the right time to enter the market to concentrate on quality, rather than just size.

Which scheme of yours are you proudest of?
Al Bahr Towers: its dynamic facade has been praised around the world. I am not aware of another building that accomplishes the kind of sustainability targets we have.

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