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New practices: Thread Architects

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

Thread Architects, Yorkshire and Derbyshire

Founded October 2013

Main people Rachel Haynes and Andy Thomas

Where have you come from?
Haynes and Thomas both studied at the University of Sheffield and met at Evans Vettori Architects, where Thomas was an associate and Haynes a project architect.

What work do you have?
So far our work has been on residential projects, ranging from a refurbishment of a Victorian vicarage in London, to reimagining existing properties to improve energy efficiency and function. We are also helping an artist couple of self-builders to find a site to create a family home and studio. We would like to develop our work on self-build projects; testing the ideas of our shortlisted Basket House entry into the National Self Build Association ‘Self build on a Shoestring’ competition.

What are your ambitions?
To stay small and concentrate on our local area while we test and refine our approach, but hopefully explore further afield as opportunities arise. We are very hands on and hope to become known for good collaborative design with a sense of fun.

What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
The most common piece of advice we have been given is to invoice regularly and stay on top of paperwork. This is not the fun side of what we do, but it is crucial to survive. The biggest challenge so far has been to prove to potential clients that working with a new practice is not necessarily a risk and to demonstrate what employing an architect can bring to a scheme.

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