The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Studio Klaschka Architecture and Design, London, SE1
Founded: October 2010
Main people: Robert Klaschka and Philippa Grantham
Where have you come from?
Robert took full ownership of the practice after running it jointly as Markland Klaschka since 2001. He previously worked for David Morley Architects and Richard Horden. Philippa worked for Dyer Associates.
What work do you have? The conversion of a listed japanning works in Southwark into a luxury home. We’re also working on a £10 million new-build for the East London Mosque which improves the complex’s ladies’ facilities, as well as a sports project and a masterplan.
What are your ambitions? We’ve been strong on technology and intend to stay ahead of the game with BIM and immersive visualisation, balancing service with high-quality design. We also hope to strengthen our existing collaborative relationships with contractors and clients. It’s of great importance to us to work with people who understand our service.
How optimistic are you?
The recession has been very tough for us, with a major regional transport project in Buckinghamshire cancelled shortly after the government came in last year. However, we have picked up several new clients who appreciate our design and service. The developer-backed residential market seems to be coming back to life, which can only mean the banks have started lending.