The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Bubble Architects, London N10
Founded: December 2009
Main people: Practice founder Patricia Eckenweber collaborates with a number of senior associates.
Where have you come from? Patricia has worked as an architect and sustainability advisor in Germany and the UK, and spent seven years at 3DReid.
What work do you have? We are developing a number of new-build affordable housing schemes in England, as well as designing a family home in Windsor. We recently completed an apartment refurbishment in Hamburg, and we are refurbishing an existing residential block in the city.
Patricia is a qualified Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor - an additional service we offer to clients and Housing Associations.
In the commercial sector we have undertaken a number of feasibility studies for mixed-use schemes in UK.
We also believe as architects it is important to contribute our skills and experience to not-for-profit work such as Architecture for Humanity or Open Source House (os-house). We have recently submitted a design for a competition for a lower-middle class housing scheme in Ghana.
What are your ambitions? Our mission is to provide a top-quality professional service and gain a reputation as a faithful and conscientious company. Our vision is to grow to a medium-sized practice of approximately 12 people. This will enable us to control the delivery of each project and to continue to offer clients the A-team of the practice.
How optimistic are you? There is a big opportunity for newly founded companies in the current climate, because they can offer a high-quality service at competitive rates. The biggest challenge is to become visible, so that clients know you are out there. Of course there are fears, but no risk, no win!