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New Practices #41: Fraher Architects

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

Fraher Architects, London EC1

Founded: November 2009

Main people: Elizabeth Webster and Joseph Fraher

Where have you come from? We previously worked for A-EM, Amin Taha Architects and Julian Harrap Architects.

What work do you have? We recently completed the conversion of a derelict barn within the grounds of a Grade II-listed Jacobean hall into a three-bedroom eco-holiday home. Two other residential refurbishment projects are also coming to an end on site. We are looking for projects that challenge traditional approaches to design. We both lead design studios at Nottingham, where we look to bridge the gap between research, innovation and practice.

What are your ambitions? In 10 years’ time we want to be known as a practice that is forward-thinking in its approach to sustainability, addressing both ethical and environmental issues in its work. We would like to move into offering a full development service from inception to built product. We will continue to expand our schedule of services with a focus on our sustainable agenda and offering research facilities in-house.

How optimistic are you? Fears are common across all young practices. We are, however, very positive and have had a good year. We’ve secured a number of awards and nominations for our work. We just need to keep our heads up and keep peddling.

Contact:www.fra-her.com and mail@fra-her.com

Fraher Architects' proposal for a flat in Islington

Fraher Architects’ proposal for a flat in a Grade II-listed building in Gerrard Road, Islington

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