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ARCHITECT FOCUS


PICKARD CARTWRIGHT


James Pickard, co-founder of Cartwright Pickard, talks about the challenges of refurbishing the Grade II listed Golden Lane Leisure Centre in the City of London


n James Pickard founded the practice with Peter Cartwright in 1997


What drew you to a career in architecture? I started getting interested in architec- ture when I was five years old, when my father commissioned an architect to design a very modern house for us near Harrogate in Yorkshire. I went to see the architect’s drawings and the model he made of the house. I also went to the building site every week with my mum and saw the building taking shape. Watching the home I grew up in being designed and built inspired me to want to be an architect myself.


How did you start your career? I studied architecture at the Univer- sity of Nottingham – I did two degrees there. I have always worked in Lon- don, apart from a couple of years spent working in Stockholm. I founded Cartwright Pickard in early 1997 with Peter Cartwright.


How would you describe your architectural philosophy? Primarily, it is about using our ideas to improve the quality of life for building users and occupiers. It’s also about the


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