The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
ADER Architecture/Design, London
Founded April 2014
Main people Gustav Ader
Where have you come from?
I went to Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, London Metropolitan and Kingston University. I worked at Pawson Williams between 1998 and 2000 and at Terry Pawson Architects between 2001 and 2014.
What work are you looking for?
I am looking at domestic projects, including a mews development (pictured) in south London. A furniture project with a Swedish manufacturer is also under discussion. The climate of competition in the UK is difficult, so I might look to Scandinavia.
What are your ambitions?
I want to be known for quality more than quantity. I would rather have fewer projects and do them well, rather than be a large-scale operation. A practice of eight to 10 people would be ideal.
What are the biggest challenges facing you as a start-up?
After working with Terry Pawson for 15 years, I have worked on projects of all sizes and budgets. As architects we can help clients achieve their goals with imaginative use of materials and space to suit their budget, even in a recession. I find that many clients prefer a size of practice that corresponds to their own life or size of business operation. Many smaller clients would be wary of bigger practices.
Which scheme in the past five years has inspired you most?
I particularly like Peter Kunz’s summerhouse at Bodensee.