The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Brunskill Design Architects, St Albans and Bath
Founded: July 2009
Main people: Helen Brunskill
Where have you come from? After working for Richard Rogers and Richard MacCormac and YRM (totalling 11 years), Helen spent nine years on the redevelopment of St Pancras Station (pictutred), including Thameslink, London Underground interfaces and a depot building. Then she spent periods contracting to Capita and to Arup on Bond Street Crossrail.
What work do you have? Currently we have domestic and small commercial extensions ongoing. Ideally we’ll use expertise previously gained in transport and conservation projects to win new work.
What are your ambitions? Usually, we have been fewer than five people. We would like to become known for intelligent, sensitive and creative design, which is sustainable, satisfies our clients and is ‘beautiful’. Every pound spent needs to work to great effect because we want to give our clients the best value we can. We hope to build up a reputation for service through satisfied clients. It’s very motivating to be learning to do things better.
How optimistic are you? It’s not easy starting from next to nothing, in a recession. The Business Link organisation has repeatedly provided sound advice. Listening to criticism is rather painful but highly recommended.