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New practices: Buchan Studio

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

Buchan Studio, Lindfield, West Sussex

Founded: August 2012

Main people: Emma Buchan

Where have you come from?
I have worked for many architectural and interior design practices in London, including: Hawkins\Brown, Creativemass, Kemp Muir Wealleans and KLA Architects.

What work do you have?
A mixture of bespoke residential schemes including extensions, conversions and some interior remodelling projects.

What are your ambitions?
To collaborate on projects with other designers and architects. I enjoy working with existing buildings to create new spaces with a Passivhaus influence.

What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
Probably the same fears as anyone starting a business, not least the responsibility of wearing many different hats in one day and making sure all the boxes are ticked. I got used to taking on contract roles during the recession, so I felt it was not going to be a big leap to start my own company. 

Which scheme inspires you most?
I recently travelled across Mexico where I came across the ruins of a colonial-style building in Oaxaca. The space had been converted into beautiful gardens. It was amazing and the combination of artwork, plants and ruins worked to create a wonderful atmosphere. But Kéré Architecture’s school extension in Gando, Burkina Faso, inspired me to work on some humanitarian projects.

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