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New practices: Variant Office

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

Variant Office, Brockwell Park, London

Founded January 2014

Main people Ashvin de Vos, Patrick Macdonald and Daniel Fitzpatrick

Where have you come from?
We are from diverse backgrounds – de Vos worked at Erect Architecture and JM Architects. Fitzpatrick has been involved in planning and regeneration for Hackney Council and Renaisi, and he is finishing a PhD at UCL. Macdonald worked at Sheppard Robson and RMJM before setting up his own company and moving into digital set design and lighting.

What work do you have?
We have a couple of private residential projects and a crowdfunded public space in London. We are also developing a participatory programme for school building as part of the resettlement process in Sri Lanka.

What are your ambitions?
We would like to work using co-design and collaborative processes at a larger scale; on public projects, mass housing and masterplanning. We eventually see ourselves at a scale where we can tackle most projects without losing the connection between ourselves, our team and our clients. 

How optimistic are you?
We have been quite buoyed by the response we have had so far; largely through our existing contacts, but also with new clients who have responded well to our ideas and our approach to practice. There does seem to be work available, so it is just a matter of getting out there and winning it.

How do you market yourself?
Through word of mouth, engaging with past clients and exploring avenues for collaboration.

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