The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at architects who have recently decided to go it alone either through choice or redundancy
StudioEAST, Perth, Scotland
Main people Richard Taylor
Where have you come from?
After University I worked for a small practice [Andrew Black Design] in Dundee for nearly five years, where I got my Part 3 and went on to work on domestic and commercial projects.
What work do you have?
We have several domestic extension and renovation projects underway including some listed buildings, as well as a Montessori school (pictured below), a stable and livery development and new city centre gym facilities.
What are your ambitions?
To remain small – for the immediate future – so we can continue to offer a friendly and efficient service to private clients and grow our reputation. Public contract tendering is also on the cards.
What are the biggest challenges you face?
Securing new work and being able to look ahead as far as growth is concerned. Architects need to be diverse in their portfolio and business to stay ahead.
Which schemes are you most inspired by?
Rural projects that blend contemporary and traditional styles, such as Reiach and Hall’s Ackling Cook Bothy.
How do you market yourself?
We have a social media presence, but all work has come via our website or through existing contacts and word of mouth. Networking is key. Involvement with Architect in the House has been worthwhile, as well as site signboards on visible projects.