The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Coppin Dockray Architects, Highgate, north London
Main people: Sandra Coppin and Bev Dockray
Where have you come from? We met at the Bartlett and then both worked for Niall McLaughlin for 10 years.
What work do you have? We are working on interesting 20th century buildings designed by Berthold Lubetkin, Philip Dowson and the Smithsons. As project architects we have seen over 25 jobs through to completion, ranging from a bandstand to student accommodation for an Oxford college. Our shared experience means we can take on institutional or domestic, private or public work.
What are your ambitions? Relationships are important to us. Our extended family of colleagues and contacts, built up over many years, will hopefully bring opportunities. You learn so much from the people you work with – craftsmen, colleagues and clients. We are not in it for fame and glory. Our ambition is to win happy clients and produce good architecture.
How optimistic are you? No one is expecting a miracle economic recovery, though we are cautiously optimistic. Borrowing is finally on the up, suggesting that the domestic market has bottomed out and is likely to improve. Our approach is measured and flexible, which suits today’s economic uncertainties.
How do you market yourselves? Talking to friends and letting people know that we are looking for work is our current strategy.
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