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New Practices #7: Robin Partington Architects

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The seventh in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy

Robin Partington Architects

Founded : October 2009

Main people : Robin Partington.. for the moment… oh…and a very patient wife, Sally and two sons Oliver (12) and Teilo (8) who are a real joy.

Where have you come from ?  I joined Foster Associates in 1984 and stayed there for the next 17 years, being made a director in 1992. I was responsible for a wide range of built schemes including Stirling prize winning projects. I joined Hamiltons Architects in 2001 as the director tasked with changing the direction of the practice. I was responsible for a wide range of projects including Park House (Oxford Street, London), The Strata Residential tower nearing completion (Elephant and Castle, London), The Aviator Hotel (Farnborough Airport), Holmewood, a rather unusual private house integrated into the rolling Chiltern Hills near Marlow. I left last month.

What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for? I have no live projects at the moment, but I remain tremendously optimistic about the future, and have a number of irons in the fire. I will be exploring every avenue to secure future work….

What are your ambitions? The practice will be London based, grow at a carefully measured pace and we aim to be circa 120 strong in its final form to enable us to take on projects ranging in scale from private houses to large commercial and mixed use projects, initially across the UK, but also abroad. We will undertake projects across all sectors including master planning, in both the public and private sectors, combining the best of a design led approach with a solid commercial understanding as a basis.

How optimistic are you as a start-up practice? I am extremely optimistic about the future, in the short, medium and long term. I have had much help and advice from friends and colleagues, and firmly believe you are only as good as the people that you work with, and I have therefore surrounded myself with, and talked to some of the most talented people in the industry. I see business bumping along the bottom at the moment, with longer term projects now getting into gear, with shorter gestation projects very much on the radar across many sectors.

I have been very encouraged by clients’ willingness to work with smaller and emerging practices, perhaps because of the increased sense of ownership, dedication, drive and enthusiasm that can often result.

Website address: www.robinpartingtonarchitects.com

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