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New practices: MBED Architects

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

MBED Architects, Liverpool

Main people Mark Bennett

Founded April 2014

Where have you come from?
Mark has worked with Michael Cunningham Architects, PTEa and Team-a-go-go. He has taught at Liverpool School of Architecture, and he is a founder of We Make Places (CIC) and Friends of the Flyover.

What work do you have and what are you looking for?
We’re delivering a high-density key worker housing scheme and a residential care home; in the pipeline we’ve a landmark hotel, a 150-unit housing scheme and a bespoke dwelling.

What are your ambitions?
We like change and we like working with people, and communities, to achieve change. We’d like to be known for place-making, delivery, our robust but sensitive approach to design, and the simple yet elegant solutions we produce.

What are the biggest challenges you face as a start-up?
Winning the confidence of others; never underestimate what it means for someone to give you the responsibility of delivering their ambition.  

Which recent scheme has inspired you most?
The Everyman rebuild by Haworth Tompkins.

How are you marketing yourselves?
Through Friends of the Flyover; by bringing people we have worked with together with those we are yet to work with.


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