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New practices: Hocking Architecture

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

Hocking Architecture, Glasgow

Main people: Verity Hocking

Where have you come from? I have worked at Gareth Hoskins Architects and Lucid Architecture in Glasgow.

What work do you have? I currently run my office at the Pipe Factory, a non-profit organisation comprised of art and architecture graduates. We managed to negotiate a lease on studio space in a disused warehouse in the east end of Glasgow. I’m working with the owner to find funding for the improvement of the building to get it off the at-risk register (it is also listed). I also have a few one-off residential projects at various stages. On a recent restoration, we required the skills of traditional craftsmen. I would love to see a resurgence of skilled craftsmen and artists.

What are your ambitions? Glasgow is a great place to live and work. I enjoy collaborations and working within a collective environment and would like to set up a network of similar small practices in the area so that resources can be pooled for larger projects.

How optimistic are you?I was made redundant as a result of the current recession, which made the decision to find an alternative path easier. It’s a weight off the shoulders to be responsible only for myself and to work at a rate that suits my lifestyle, but the security of a regular income is lost. Fortunately, unlike Norman Foster, I don’t need a helicopter at the moment, so am quite happy to work hard and see what happens.


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