The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Henriette Helstrup & Roman Pardon, Kentish Town, London
Founded: August 2010
Main people: Roman Pardon and Henriette Helstrup
Where have you come from? Henriette Helstrup was previously at the Danish practice CF Møller. Roman Pardon worked for Bennetts Associates and set up his own practice in 2008.
What work do you have? Mostly residential projects in London. One is a live/work bachelor pad conversion of an apartment in Marylebone. We are also looking at a feasibility study for the first of a chain of spa retreats in southern Europe.
What are your ambitions? Building on our combined experience in the commercial and residential sectors and utilising our complimentary skills, we want to develop a practice that produces buildings of exceptional quality. A positive, creative working environment for all involved is very important to us.
How optimistic are you? The construction industry will slowly emerge from recession in the next couple of years, but things won’t go back to how they were. It’s a real opportunity for new small and mid-sized practices, but there are dangers ahead: forthcoming changes to the planning system, the loss of CABE and underlying economic constraints will add to the downward pressure on quality in architecture. A big challenge will be to resist this while responding sensibly to the new reality.
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