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New practices: LEEP Architects

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

LEEP Architects, Hackney, London

Founded March 2014

Main people Marcus Lee and Rachel Hearn

Where have you come from?
We are building on my 21 years with Richard Rogers and the success of FLACQ. I was most recently at Glenn Howells Architects.

What work do you have?
An innovative commercial building in Hackney, business units in Camden, residential schemes and private houses. Masterplanning, education and transport are part of the bigger picture.

What are your ambitions?
This year is proving to be exciting and fast-paced. My father’s [former RMJM chairman Vernon Lee] legal case, thankfully now settled, gave me the impetus to start a new studio. I’m keen to get back to working with interesting clients and talented individuals who share my principles. I have established a strong group. We are looking for more people to join.

What are the biggest challenges?
Sharing skills, knowledge and critique within the team is fundamental to run a successful practice. Good clients are key. We have the experience and awareness of commercial viability, balancing grey hairs with young talent with a hands-on approach.

Which scheme in the past five years has inspired you most?  
King’s Cross for its combination of public space and building uses within a complex piece of city. Privately funded, yet very public. 

How do you market yourself?
By getting out there face-to-face.

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