The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Emrys Architects, Smithfields, London, EC1A
Founded: December 2009
Main people: Glyn Emrys, director; Matt Blackden, associate
Where have you come from? Glyn spent 15 years as a founding director of A-EM and previously worked as an associate at Rick Mather Architects for five years. Matt worked with Glyn at A-EM for over 10 years. Other former A-EM staff have also joined Emrys.
What work do you have? Projects underway in London include two 600m2contemporary new-build houses in Highgate and Belsize Park, a mixed-use refurbishment of a late 20th-century building in the West End, an office refurbishment near Lincoln’s Inn and a mixed-use new-build in Camberwell. The work has come through existing clients or recommendations from contacts.
What are your ambitions? We would like to be known for designing buildings that have clarity and warmth and that show careful consideration of their environment. We would like to expand our portfolio of residential, educational, commercial and mixed-use buildings with an ideal practice size of between 20 and 30 architects.
How optimistic are you? Support and intentions from existing clients for future post-credit crunch commissions gave us sufficient confidence to set up the new practice. We have a good team that can deliver.
9-12 Long Lane
Tel: 020 7726 5060