GUNN Associates

About

 
 

GUNN IS A PRACTICE OF PASSIONATE, INTELLIGENT, AND PROFESSIONAL INDIVIDUALS, ALL WITH THE SAME ETHOS OF EXCEEDING OUR CLIENTS’ EXPECTATIONS THROUGH CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL THINKING

 
 

OUR APPROACH

We subscribe to a vision of contemporary, contextual architecture, that exceeds our clients’ aspirations. We design with the intent that our schemes will be experienced by people for years to come, and we take that responsibility seriously.

We embrace technology to streamline our methods and make our service efficient for our clients.

In listening to, and understanding, our clients we form trusting relationships, allowing us to give professional advice that is personal to each client.

 
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OUR PROCESS

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To reach these ends we have a very simple process: we experience and analyse the site and its context; we listen to our clients; we understand the impact of our schemes; we act professionally and give good, considered advice. We are firm believers that we are always learning and that we should always listen and empathise with the stakeholders in our projects; this is how we develop and add value to our clients’ developments.

 
 



PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL

We work with our private clients to remodel and extend their homes; upwards, outwards, and down. We have extensive knowledge of householder and permitted development planning rules and advise our clients on how best to unlock the potential of their homes. We work with a range of expert consultants and suppliers to give the best, creative and professional advice to our clients. The project sizes vary from £500,000 to £2 million.

MIXED-USE

We work with developers and land-owners to maximise the potential of their sites. The developments range from 9 units to upwards of 50 units, and often include areas of other uses such as commercial, retail, and F&B.
We have excellent working relationships with a range of trusted consultants and suppliers and can advise on all aspects of these developments; from feasibility stage through to completion. We have developed an efficient and accurate site viability programme to assist developers and landowners evaluate their sites and this is offered at feasibility stage.

COMMERCIAL

We work with our clients on their commercial projects such as office fit-outs, headquarters planning, and industrial commercial spaces. We liaise with landlords, commercial developers and end-users as the projects require.

EDUCATION

We have worked with several higher and secondary educational establishments on the masterplanning and realisation of their capital projects. Our proven strategy is to embed ourselves into the culture of the client’s establishment, and this has shown itself to produce considered solutions appropriate to the budget and programme. We provide services including masterplanning and strategic programmes, bespoke design solutions, fabric surveying and maintenance programmes, and fire strategies. We communicate with governing bodies, management teams, and trustee boards, as well as landlords and estates owners. We work through all project stages from feasibility to completion.

 

OUR STUDIO

Forming a cohesive team that supports our clients at all stages of their projects, each member of our team embraces learning, thought leadership, and creative problem-solving as the mainstay of our methodology.

 

DUNCAN GUNN

Founder

Duncan became an architect in 1994 after studying at the Oxford School of Architecture.

He has worked for several top practices in London and, after becoming a sole practitioner in 2000, became a director of RRA Architects London. He formed Gunn Associates in September 2018.

Duncan has a wide range of professional expertise including providing advice on project feasibility/viability, strategic masterplanning, mixed-use developments, and education projects.

Duncan keeps active, is a keen long-distance runner and has trained to a good level of Japanese jujitsu. He was previously certified as a clinical hypnotherapist. He advocates for people to embrace a vegan lifestyle.

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SIMON HUNT

SENIOR architect

Simon has been a registered UK architect for over 9 years. He trained while working for celebrated architectural practices including John McAslan + Partners and Group Dyer and enjoyed a longstanding collaboration with Duncan over several years while at RRA Architects prior to the launch of Gunn Associates.

Comprehensive past experience in Healthcare, Office, Education and Private & Developer Residential – often on sensitive and complex sites – enables Simon to contribute across all works stages of the construction process from brief development, technical detailed design, through to contract administration and project delivery. A more focused role within Gunn find’s Simon working within the Education and Residential sectors, applying vast technical experience to the design process to ensure that projects are delivered with added value. 

Outside of work, Simon can be found making noise on his guitar, enjoying auteur cinema and trying to motivate himself to go to the gym.

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LOUISE COOK

Senior Project Designer

Louise earned her undergraduate and master’s degrees at the Kent School of Architecture. Louise has a diverse range of experience, having contributed to the British Pavilion’s research programme at the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice and having worked for a plethora of sizable London based Architectural Practices. Within GUNN Associates, Louise specialises in SME developer-led residential design. She is motivated in particular to develop homes to meet the needs of first-time buyers, both high in quality and affordable, whilst also situated in desirable locations.

Outside of work, Louise likes to keep active. She is an avid runner and climber.

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HANELORE DUMITRACHE

Senior Project Designer

Hanelore pursued her BA (Hons) Architecture at The Cass, London. She has completed her MArch Architecture degree at Central Saint Martins (UAL), and her final project focused on finding alternative modes of accommodation for migrant workers.

Throughout her professional experience, Hanelore has worked mainly on residential and mixed-use developments, ranging in scale from single family homes to 150+ unit developments. Working in London and Paris, she has been involved in numerous live and self-build projects. Hanelore is currently researching temporary modes of accommodation as a response to the current housing crisis.

In her spare time, Hanelore likes to learn about different cultures, mixing in travel and her passion for foreign languages. She loves writing and discovering new books on eclectic subjects.

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TED THROWER

Project Designer

Ted graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2017 with a keen interest in modular housing.

His role within the office various working across different sectors; education, commercial, residential and developer-led residential. This includes researching and designing masterplans, working on small to large residential proposals, and designing commercial offices and industrial areas. Alongside this, Ted produces and edits the videos for GUNN as well as any creating any presentations or hand drawn sketches to assist new proposals. 

Aside from the office, Ted enjoys travelling, going to music gigs and being an avid Arsenal supporter.

Ted will be continuing his studies in a new apprenticeship format to become a fully qualified architect whilst being able to stay on at GUNN.

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