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New practices: ZAP Architecture

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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

ZAP Architecture, Islington, London

Founded: June 2012

Main people: Zohra Chiheb, John deMaio and Pol Gallagher

Where have you come from? Chiheb has worked at Harper Downie Architects, 3DReid and PTW, deMaio at Foster + Partners and Gallagher at Grimshaw, Sarah Wigglesworth and Hopkins.

What work do you have? We are working to get our RIAI competition-winning scheme the Dublin City University Entrance Sculpture and Gateway Pavilion (pictured) built by September 2013. We are also working with a London events company to develop a prototype club and exhibition structure, scheduled to begin fabrication in 2014.

What are your ambitions? Our ambition is to stay a small to medium-sized practice. We would like to become known as a practice which blurs the boundaries between art and architecture, leaving people wondering how to define us. We enjoy this creative ambiguity.

How optimistic are you? We are hugely optimistic about the future. We are investing a lot of energy into competitions and speculative work. When we engage with clients we find they are impressed by our genuine energy, enthusiasm and ambition.

How do you market yourself? We are still coming to terms with the idea of the architect as a ‘brand’. Hopefully people see us as a youthful and energetic band of designers who are passionate about creating and do so in a professional and responsive manner.

Web address: www.zaparchitecture.com



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