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New Practices #88: Bradley Van Der Straeten

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Bradley Van Der Straeten, Stoke Newington, London

Founded: November 2010

Main people: George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten

Where have you come from? We met at Liverpool University. Ewald has worked for Arcasa Arkitekter in Oslo and George for Denton Corker Marshall in London. In 2010, we both took time out from architecture before forming the practice.

What work do you have and what projects are you looking for? A renovation of a house in Stoke Newington, retaining the walls and roof and completely transforming the interior (right). Part of the excitement of running your own practice is not knowing what is coming your way.

What are your ambitions? One of the reasons we set up the practice is because we both felt detached from the basics of architecture. To be designing one day and making it with your own hands the next makes your design living and real. We would love to apply these skills to more one-off houses in the UK and abroad. If they happen to be in the Bahamas, we wouldn’t complain.

How optimistic are you? You have to be naturally optimistic to set up a company, so you can face the challenges of being self-employed. We‘re in it for the long haul, so setting up during the recession means that we can cut our teeth during the tough times and be well prepared for the good times.

Contact: www.b-vds.co.uk

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