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New practices: Creative SPARC Architects

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The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone

Creative SPARC Architects, Lytham, Lancashire

Main people Andy Wolfe

Founded December 2012

Where have you come from?
After studying at Liverpool and Birmingham City universities, I worked in a local authority architecture department.

What work do you have?
I have a lot of experience in educational design, and much of our early work has come from academy schools. This has led to other educational projects including a new-build nursery school (pictured ). We’re also working on a residential project on the edge of a conservation area, and a nature reserve visitors centre where we’ve designed an innovative thatched facade to help transform a derelict building. 

What are your ambitions?
I’m hoping for more work outside of our immediate locale and for the opportunity to be involved in an even greater variety and scale of projects. I’d also like to continue to have an active involvement in architectural education to test ideas. 

What are the biggest challenges facing yourself as a start-up?
Having the courage to make the difficult decisions. I’m hoping to grow the practice and relocate to a new studio, both of which come with risks as well as reward. 

Which scheme, completed in the last five years, has inspired you most?
The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Pavilion by Snøhetta. Its use of materials, combined with innovative construction methods, transforms a simple pavilion into a powerful piece of architecture.


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