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New Practices #36: Raw Architecture Workshop

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

Raw Architecture Workshop, London N5

Founded: June 2010

Main people: Graeme Laughlan

Where have you come from? Foster + Partners, where I was an associate partner.

What work do you have? Our projects include a house in a remote part of Scotland for a deep-sea diver; a brewhouse for an independent boutique brewery; the refurbishment and conversion of five farmsteads; and a prototype residential narrowboat. As far as securing new work goes, we have a number of meetings lined up with major ‘design-orientated’ London developers, and we continue to seek work through existing and new contacts.

What are your ambitions? Our ambition is to capitalise on our location in London and to grow steadily. We have a no-nonsense approach, and we do not pursue any particular theories or styles through our work. Instead, our focus is on solving problems and designing great buildings that work specifically for each client. Function definitely comes first.

How optimistic are you? We’re optimistic. We’ve got discipline, common sense, experience, ambition and skill – with a bit of luck I think we’ll make it. I’m in the fortunate position of being able to call some very experienced people when I need advice; people like Mark Sutcliffe, senior partner at Foster + Partners.

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