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New Practices: #63 Denizen Works

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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

Denizen Works, London, N1

Founded: December 2010

Main people: Murray Kerr

Where have you come from? Kerr spent the last nine years working for BDP. For the last two of these, he was leader of the BDP’s new architecture studio in the Netherlands. This experience helped galvanise Denizen Works’ desire to work internationally.

What work do you have? We are busy on two new-build house projects, one in Tiree, Scotland and one in London. The office is also looking at a few projects abroad, including a sauna on a boat in Finland and a boutique hotel on the stretch of coast between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. At the same time we are developing a few project ideas of our own in the hope of raising some funding interest, so we’ll keep you posted.

What are your ambitions? We hope to have around eight to twelve design staff in London in five years’ time. In addition to the London studio, we are looking for potential collaborations overseas to help create a fluid, international workforce.

How optimistic are you? We are extremely optimistic – that’s why we are here. However, we understand that patience is an important trait in our profession and that it will take time to realise our longer-term goals.


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