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Maggie Mullan: 'I'm fearful of losing touch with what I'm good at'

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[NEW PRACTICE] Maggie Mullan talks about her career so far, ambitions for her Liverpool-based practice and the kind of architecture which appeals to her

Main people Maggie Mullan
Based Liverpool
Founded September 2014
Contact Maggie@maggiemullanarchitect.co.uk

Where have you come from?
Austin-Smith:Lord.

What have you learned from your previous roles? 
Resilience. We reap what we sow – treat people with respect, truly listen and be honest. It’s a tremendous leap of faith for a client to invest trust and money in you, and the value of that relationship far outweighs the value of the project. It’s a balance of humility and passion and, above all, an open-minded willingness to learn and adapt.

What work do you have and what are you looking for?
A Scottish retreat for Chris and Sally Boardman, which I am delivering with the support of Peter Drummond Architect; assisting the National Wildflower Centre to prepare a bid for funding for a framework masterplan; and working with the University of Liverpool on a brief and schedule of accommodation for the relocation of the School of Environmental Sciences. My role with Liverpool Diocesan Advisory Committee has opened up a number of opportunities to work with churches in the diocese.

What are your ambitions?
To be part of a network of like-minded individuals and organisations that can respond to new opportunities without the shackles of the corporate machine. My experience with ASL has left me fearful of losing touch with what I am good at and what I enjoy and believe in, as a consequence of keeping a big organisation going.

What are the biggest challenges facing you?
I have been incredibly lucky as the network I’ve established over recent years has been so supportive of my new venture. Profile, track record and cash flow are always going to be challenges, but only experience can tell you what the valuable lessons are and what you can discard. Integrity in all of your dealings will stand you in good stead. I have found that clients follow people, not firms, and the industry has a long memory.

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