The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Main people Paul Kittle and David Flower
Founded Spring 2014
Where have you come from?
We studied together at Kingston before working for separate practices in London. David worked for Brimelow McSweeney Architects on high-end residential schemes, while Paul worked at Haworth Tompkins on a major refurbishment of the National Theatre.
What work do you have?
We have work ranging from a smaller urban remodeling to improve a family home through to a larger new-build rural dwelling in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Our client base is steadily expanding as our profile and reputation develops, however we are always alert to new ventures and opportunities to meet people.
We care about designing beautiful spaces and homes no matter what the size. Each commission is approached uniquely, with emphasis placed on the creative process of brief-making and how the inherent qualities of an existing space can influence our designs.
What are your ambitions?
To continue growing and engaging with larger and more diverse types of commissions while maintaining our attention to small and carefully crafted interventions.
We aim for sensibly managed growth at a pace that doesn’t compromise the commitment to good design we make to our clients, nor lose the hands-on approach we have as partners.
Alongside the practice’s domestic work, we hope our future trajectory is balanced with work in the public realm, where we are both interested in the regeneration and future function of the high street.
How optimistic are you as a start-up practice?
While suitably ambitious, we are realistic. We thought we might be at a disadvantage in terms of the perception of a new, young practice, however we have been received well and thoroughly encouraged by our clients and peers. In terms of guidance, it was important to value our services and take advice from our existing professional network.
How are you marketing yourselves?
Social networks, personal contacts and following up leads perceptively.