The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Altham Lewis Architects, Belmont, Surrey
Founded May 2013
Main people Paul Lewis and Matthew Redmond
Where have you come from?
After eight years at BFLS/Hamiltons working on projects such as Strata, Lewis moved to Ryder before deciding to start a new practice. He had previously worked for Studio BAAD, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Pascall+Watson and Will Alsop (Goldsmiths). Redmond joined as an associate after meeting at Hamiltons.
What work do you have?
Mostly residential schemes in central and south-west London, ranging from large basements to extensions and refurbishments. We have been surprised by the patronage larger clients have shown, giving us the opportunity to work on projects such as a 32-storey student residential tower in Vauxhall, 120 new houses in Kent, a new apartment development in Putney (pictured), a 12-storey residential development in Lambeth and 100 houses in Essex
What are your ambitions?
To stay small and work big. We want to work as architects – designing, drawing, detailing, problem-solving – and not have to attend internal meetings and deal with staffing and resource. We prefer to work in and around London.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Time management is the biggest challenge. Architectural design is like a ball of string, it can go on forever – knowing when to stop to meet deadlines and make a profit is key.