The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Lucas Architects, Birmingham
Main people Matt Lucas
Founded January 2013
Where have you come from?
I’ve been a part-time tutor at Birmingham School of Architecture for eight years. I’ve worked in various practices over the past 16 years, including BDP and Associated Architects.
What work do you have?
Varied: health, education, community, arts and residential.
What are your ambitions and the biggest challenges you face?
My ambition is to continue to be fulfilled in my work and to form creative collaborations with people with similar values. I want us to have a reputation for quality and for commitment to inclusive architecture.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to see the end of the recession. However, this makes it more important to develop ethical, sustainable, community-focused architecture, which is why I have set up a new practice.
I’ve found that clients appreciate the ethics of the practice and the high-quality ‘bespoke’ design. It also helps that I have a background in architectural education.
In terms of challenges, for any small practice in the first year of trading there are practical considerations around procurement routes, OJEU frameworks and getting a foot in the door for larger projects.
Which project, completed in the last five years, has inspired you?
Everything from the interventions of City Mine(d) through to the materiality of David Chipperfield’s work.