The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
NEON, Dalston, east London
Founded: January 2012
Main people: George King and Mark Nixon
Where have you come from?
Prior to starting NEON, we worked at Zaha Hadid Architects and CZWG. We met during our studies at The Bartlett.
What work do you have?
Working in large practices you can be working on a single project for years and never see the building site. We were eager to work on projects which were able to be completed within a period of months rather than years. We have been involved in a lot of pop-up events and temporary installations. Last year we were also selected for the RIBA Regent Street Window.
What are your ambitions?
We want to avoid being ‘paper architects’. We feel you can learn a lot more from the act of building, even at a small scale, than you ever could from designing a skyscraper that only ever exists on paper. We also have a desire to work worldwide. Modern communication methods allow even small practices to work internationally. The brand of the British architect still has credibility internationally. This has helped us to win work in Europe, the United States and Australia, where we have been invited to teach for a semester at MADA in Melbourne.
How optimistic are you?
We are very optimistic. Since going alone we have never been busier. It seems there is work out there, the important thing is to put yourself in a position where you are able to grab opportunities once they present themselves.