The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundanc
Koussa Architects, Manchester
Main people: Abdel Koussa
Founded: March 2013
Where have you come from?
Koussa has worked at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Michael Aukett Architects and AFL Architects.
What work do you have?
We’re working on preliminary designs for some interesting residential projects involving bespoke solutions and have inquired about offering a sports design consultation service to some of our existing client contacts. We’ll enter competitions to expand our portfolio and will look for work through our network of contacts in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA.
What are your ambitions?
To grow steadily based on a reputation for quality, excellence and discretion, as we offer full non-disclosure confidentiality agreements to all clients. Our sectors include housing, sport, commercial, retail and masterplanning and we would like to extend our services within the education and healthcare sectors. A London office is an ambition, and hopefully abroad as well.
How optimistic are you?
Very. However, it is common that the first two or three years are the hardest. Hopefully we are seeing signs of recovery within in the industry in London, and we will be out of this recession in the next 18 months to two years.
What marketing are you doing?
We are using existing contacts and identifying potential clients through Linked-In and Twitter.