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New practices: ZSTa

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

ZSTa, Brighton, East Sussex

Main people Richard Zinzan, Nick Stickland and Nicola Thomas

Founded May 2013

Where have you come from?
CAST Architects, ARCH-angels Architects and Green Sea.

What work do you have?
Our portfolio ranges from high-end residential and one-off houses to imaginative education design, leisure and tourism, retail and branding. 

What are your ambitions?
To design thoughtful architecture which delights, and embraces the ideals of sustainability. For now the size of practice (14) works for us, although we are always looking for willing contributors as each job dictates.

What are the biggest challenges you have faced as a start-up?
The biggest challenge is to maintain a steady flow of income in a very competitive marketplace without compromising on our ethos. However, we recognise that opportunities present themselves in many different guises, and creative solutions are possible even in these economic stringent times.

Which recent scheme has inspired you most? 
Nicola says, Oak Meadow Primary School by Architype. Richard has three: 8 Tallet by BIG, Accordia housing by Alison Brooks, and Husaro House by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.

How are you marketing yourselves?
We engage with many groups of people both professionally and socially. We use our website and social media to inform, generate and share discussion.


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