The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Andrew Philips, London
Founded July 2013
Main people Andrew Phillips
Where have you come from?
David Chipperfield Architects. I worked with David for 15 years, the last seven of those as design director. It was a fascinating education, during a time of outstanding success.
What are your ambitions?
The goal is making good projects, nothing else is so rewarding. We are five at present, but ready to scale. My ambition is for a spacious, lively studio, beautiful work and a good drinks trolley.
What work do you have?
We recently won a masterplanning competition in Luxembourg and have been commissioned to design apartment buildings for it. We’re preparing designs for prominent sites in Southwark, Camden and Hackney, and hotel concepts for the Persian Gulf and Mongolia. At the other end of the scale are an artist’s studio in upstate New York and a penthouse in St James’s Park, London.
What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up and the profession generally?
The biggest challenge is filtering out distractions (after working out who and what they are).
Which scheme, completed in the last five years, has inspired you most?
Olgiati’s schemes including those unbuilt or dreamt.
How do you market yourselves?
So far we’ve been working for developers with long memories. These are early days.