Duggan Morris Architects has rebranded a year after its founders Joe Morris and Mary Duggan decided to go their separate ways and split the business they founded in 2004
Led by Morris, the 50-strong company will now be known as Morris + Company – a move the Old Street-based practice claimed ’marked the latest stage of its evolution’.
Following the ‘amicable demerger’ last summer, which was put down to the pair having ‘increasingly … diverging professional interests’, Duggan immediately set up a separate practice under her own name, Mary Duggan Architects.
Duggan, whose shares in the original company were subsequently bought by Duggan Morris Architects, took nine staff members with her.
But it has taken more than 12 months for Duggan Morris to reveal its new branding, during which time it landed 11 projects and opened a studio in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Morris and Duggan were a couple until 2016, studying together at the Bartlett before joining forces as Duggan Morris Architects in 2004, having worked for Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Gollifer Langston respectively.
Regarded as one of the brightest young lights on the UK’s architectural scene, Duggan Morris won numerous awards and had picked up larger and higher-profile projects in recent years.
Speaking about the new name, Morris, said: ‘We are a company of voices, underpinned by a creative and collaborative approach to design, and as such the rebrand of Morris + Company reflects the evolution of our collegiate practice.
‘The last year has seen us complete several significant projects as well as secure several major commissions across London and the UK, and we’re excited to be working with some of the country’s most innovative and progressive clients across both the private and public sectors.’
Morris will be supported by a ‘long-standing senior team’: David Storring, director, leading the commercial and workplace team; Miranda MacLaren, director, leading on housing projects; Keir Regan Alexander, director, leading on public and community projects; Charlotte Sorensen, practice director; and Ed Blake, director of the Copenhagen studio.
Among the schemes on Morris + Company’s books are an affordable, co-living scheme and homeless shelter for Bedu in south London, several schemes for later-living developer Pegasus Life, the Featherstone Building for Derwent and the Aylesbury health and community centre in Southwark.
Wildernesse Restaurant - for Pegasuslife
Source: Jack Hobhouse