The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone
Ian Hazard Architect, Whitby and York, North Yorkshire
Founded May 2013
Main people Ian Hazard
Where have you come from?
Bing Thom Architects, Vancouver, Canada. Arup Associates and Allies and Morrison in London.
What work do you have and what kind of projects are you looking for?
At the moment a number of private residential projects. I would like to gradually increase the scale and type of projects to include community-based cultural and commercial work.
What are your ambitions?
I grew up working in construction for a local craftsman, which has led to a very ‘hands-on’ approach. I am interested in using design and an understanding of working with materials to create a dialogue between the contemporary and the traditional, allowing the ongoing stories of people and place to be quietly narrated by buildings.
What are the biggest challenges?
Starting from scratch during a recession has certainly been a challenge to find work and establish a reputation. However, being prepared to diversify my income streams initially to subsidise the creation of the practice has been a great opportunity to make contacts within the community and generate architectural work.
What has inspired you most?
Spending time in Switzerland recently studying the work of Gion A Caminada was a real inspiration for me.