The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
Tonic Architecture, Paintworks, Bristol
Founded: April 2012
Main people: Tobias Feilding-Crawley, Nicholas Tomlinson
Where have you come from? We met in the Cotswolds at a design and build company. Prior to that we worked for Simon Morray-Jones, Hamiltons Architects and Alec French Architects.
What work do you have? We focus on a mixture of contemporary and traditional high-end residential architecture, and are particularly interested in the refurbishment, re-use, and adaptation of historic and listed buildings. We are currently working on a variety of projects, including a Grade I Listed Country Estate, and contemporary addition to a Cotswold house, which will provide supplementary accommodation and basement cinema.
What are your ambitions? We’re ambitious, but cautious about expanding too quickly. We would like to be known for producing high-quality residential work.
What are the biggest challenges? Our profession is heavily dependent on the economy, and architects are one of the first to be hit during a recession. As a start-up company you have to be prepared to do everything yourself, from winning clients to business administration.
Which recent scheme has inspired you most? Difficult to point to one scheme, but we like the work of Strom Architects.