We live our lives in the company of buildings, occupying them as casually and frequently as our bodies wear clothes, forming associations as familiar and intimate as friendships. By reason of their ubiquity, buildings hold the potential to profoundly affect the way we see and engage with our world. To build is therefore to influence the direction and development of life in its many forms.
I seek to make buildings that are bigger than the physical materials from which they are constructed. I am interested in ideas of proportion, scale, form and arrangement, and am concerned with the specific conditions – physical, ecological, social and cultural - in which architecture situates itself. It is through the sensitive handling and consideration of these things that I believe good buildings are made.
Above all else, I am motivated by a desire to create physical environments that support and enrich the lives of those who occupy them, and that play a role in the improvement of the larger world of which they are a part.
Good architecture is ordinarily a product of skilled and committed people working together in an environment of mutual respect, trust and patience, and it is precisely these conditions that I seek to foster in every one of the projects with which I am involved.
Originally from Scotland, William studied at the University of Cambridge and Edinburgh, and completed his training at London Metropolitan University, qualifying as an architect in 2015.
Having worked for a number of practices in the UK and continental Europe, most recently as an associate at Mary Duggan Architects, William established his own practice in 2020, operating from a studio in Peckham, south-east London.
In addition to practice, William teaches at the University of Kingston (UK) where he runs a first year design studio.
William is a member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB).
For more information, or to discuss potential projects or collaborations, please contact:
William Guthrie architect
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