The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Ström Architects, Lymington, Hampshire
Founded: May 2010
Main people: Magnus Ström
Where have you come from? I left my job as a director at John Pardey Architects (JPA) where I worked on the design of some 15-20 one-off houses, as well as large housing schemes. I also worked on education projects and several large mixed-use urban regeneration schemes in Dublin, London and Sarasota, Florida. Before JPA, I worked at de Blacam and Meagher Architects in Dublin.
What work do you have? I’m currently working on a private house project with JPA (AJ 08.04.10) and several smaller domestic schemes. I’m looking at developing outdoor furniture for a Swedish manufacturer. I will definitely enter competitions, and hope there will be some more interesting open ones coming up.
What are your ambitions? I’m looking to build on my residential experience and focus on high-end homes both in the UK and abroad. I’d also like to start designing hotels, restaurants and bars. I’d like to work more in Europe too, as contemporary design is often more welcome there.
How optimistic are you? While I have received advice and best wishes, people have often projected their own fears on to me. If I wasn’t positive about the future, I would not be doing what I am doing.