The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Hatcher Prichard Architects, Bristol and Cardiff
Founded: Full-time from December 2010
Main people: Simon Hatcher and Shaun Prichard
Where have you come from? Simon worked for Dyer Associates, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Parsons Brinckerhoff. Shaun worked at B3 in Cardiff and Powell Dobson before that. He spent three years in Australia working on Aboriginal ‘rammed earth’ housing and schools in Alice Springs, plus a museum competition in Melbourne with Peter Corrigan and Daniel Libeskind.
What work do you have? We’re collaborating with Rambolls on a competition in Oxford, and are working on other projects including our studio in Bristol. There are more opportunities emerging, such as the remodelling of a college campus, a multi-use village hall on the outskirts of Bath, and several residential projects in both Bristol and Cardiff.
What are your ambitions? The driver behind the company is to produce well-crafted buildings which exceed clients’ expectations. We have offices in our home towns of Bristol and Cardiff and will expand slowly.
How optimistic are you? Given that the economic downturn has shelved most large government contracts, we feel optimistic that there is now room for smaller practices to give a more personalised approach, and that clients are increasingly looking to commission creative practices based on their portfolio. We have a lot of experience and enthusiasm for design and are confident in the quality of our product. The best piece of advice we have had was from [former RIBA President] Sunand Prasad who told us to start as we mean to go on.