The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Millar + Howard Workshop, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Founded: February 2009
Main people: Tom Howard, Tomas Millar
Where have you come from? We met at architecture school in Edinburgh. During the year out, Tomas worked with Blue Sky Design on Hornby Island, British Columbia, while Tom worked for Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa. On leaving architecture school we set up a design and build firm together for several years before joining different London-based practices. Tomas worked for Rundell Associates; Tom was at PTP Architects.
What work do you have? Several new-build houses (two are about to go on-site); a church renovation for use by the local school and community, as well as the worshipping congregation; a treehouse-like holiday retreat; extensions in Gloucestershire and London; and two shops.
What are your ambitions? We’d like to run a medium-sized office (12-15 people) incorporating a component of teaching and research – specifically a design and build course for architecture students.
How optimistic are you? Very. We love what we do – our clients, the people we work with, the briefs, the sites, the builders and sometimes even the buildings. We are excited about the future – developing relationships and working with new people.