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New practices: Richard Morton 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

Richard Morton Architects, London, WC1

Main people Richard Morton and Yarema Ronish

Founded July 2012

Where have you come from? I was at Sidell Gibson Architects for 25 years – 12 years as a partner. A year ago I set up on my own in their office with my established team of 10, including my now co-director Yarema Ronish. I’m lamenting the fall of a very fine practice, but looking optimistically forward with a young, healthy new firm.

What work do you have? Buildings for older people is the major theme. We are working on a care home in Oxford; assisted living schemes, including one around the listed old workhouse in Henley and another in Ramsgate; and retirement villages in Hampshire, Sussex and Wiltshire. Other work includes a penthouse and a 60-unit residential retrofit, an office refit, a rooftop office extension in the City of London, and some potential projects in Nigeria.

What are your ambitions? I took charge of some very large schemes at Sidell Gibson, but I’m greatly enjoying the more hands-on approach and close-knit teamworking now. I want to be at the forefront of older people’s housing and I’m particularly absorbed with the challenges of creating housing for a whole new sector; working 60-70-year-olds. My aim is to create appropriate, beautiful housing for a sector where architectural excellence has previously been the exception.

How optimistic are you? Times are still hard, but there are opportunities for expert, responsive practices to succeed.

Web address www.rm-architects.com

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