The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone, either through choice or redundancy
Founded: April 2010
Main people: Darran Crawford
Where have you come from? I’ve spent the past fifteen years skimming through offices and academia from MacGabhann Architects in the wilds of Donegal to the now defunct FLACQ in London and JM Architects in Glasgow to name but three. I’ve worked in more than ten practices and for a few contractors – cherry picking ideas and methods of how to and more importantly how not to build things.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? Most of my work is one-off housing across Scotland and Ireland however I have just completed a restaurant in Kirkwall and I’m working on a business incubator project and a hostel in the Highlands. I’m fascinated with interesting individuals with small, complex projects and a particular dislike of institutional clients and their projects.
What are your ambitions? My ambitions are reasonably simple; to continue to be a content and independent sole practitioner with a varied and interesting workload of small projects. The traditional role of the architect can only now exist on small projects. There is such a great diversification of role within architecture that the fracturing of the profession as a single entity is a foregone conclusion. I see my role developing as that of the masterbuilder rather than the remote designer – perhaps to even get my name on the side of a van…
How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?Architecture is a discipline founded largely on optimism – often seriously misplaced. However this is a great time to rediscover the core reasons as to why we became architects, to maybe fundamentally examine what it is we are for and why we seem to keep trying to continually justify our existence. The boom years and its gross surplus of useless work were very trying on the soul, it’s much more fun now that you have to rely on your wits.