Our garden office for an Illustrator in Hackney is taking shape. The structure has been clad in cedar shingles and and is now being fitted out ready for use.
My father, who was a construction contract manager, once told me that it doesn’t matter how hard you try, if you carry out work to a party wall or build on a boundary somebody will get upset. I was working on a project in a basement flat a few years... read more →
I’ve been through the builder going bust on a job process three times now and it’s no fun at all. The first time, there was no sign of anything going wrong on site until the builder simply stopped coming to site. The project was not far from completion but there... read more →
Our project to refurbish and extend a terraced house in Islington started on site yesterday. The house forms part of a large terrace that was built in 1802 and is Grade 2 listed. It is located within the Duncan Terrace / Colebrook Row conservation area. The construction work will be... read more →
So far, I have tried three different routes to architectural household name fame. I’m sure there are lots of starting points, but here are my three - in chronological order. Route 1: Just start when you have nothing else to do. I had recently moved back to London after working in... read more →
One of my first new clients came in through the fire escape and asked “I’m looking for an architect – is that you?” We went on to have a very fruitful relationship working on a number of great projects. A few years later an existing client dropped in to see... read more →
Our project to extend and refurbish a house on Lordship Park in Stoke Newington has been granted permission by Hackney Planning Services. We are now starting work on the construction drawings. The high floor to ceiling dimensions and the views out onto the garden will set the scene for a... read more →
Douglas Architects has now moved to a new address in Dalston: Top Floor Studio, 100 De Beauvoir Road, London, N1 4EN. We look forward to welcoming our clients and collaborators here soon. Telephone number and email addresses have stayed the same.
I met John Assael at an RIBA evening thing a while ago and when I mentioned my sole practitioner, work from home status and he asked me a question, along the lines of – what would I do if another office challenged me to a 5 – side football match?... read more →
My first desk in my current practice set up was the flight case of a bass guitar – it was a fantastic start. My work diary for the time reads: “Yesterday I set up new workspace at home – or is it a studio? It consists of 2 trestle legs... read more →