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Emmett Russell Architects

Emmett Russell Architects are a Bristol based architectural practice engaged in a broad portfolio of work including projects in housing, urban design, education, community buildings as well as bespoke residential projects. The practice draws on the wide experience of its two directors, Victoria Emmett and Tom Russell, both of whom have held key positions in nationally and internationally respected practices prior to establishing ERA. We have developed a reputation for imaginative and ambitious designs within the constraints of existing buildings and sensitive sites. We have won a number of high profile architectural competitions including two National RIBA competitions and the international Europan 9 competition. As architects we work collaboratively with people, whether individual clients, companies, educational establishments, communities, builders or developers, to support them in creating new buildings and to improve existing ones. Whether we are working with a family or a large institution we strive to identify the real needs and aspirations of our clients. This often involves questioning prior assumptions about the project in order to ensure that the final outcome is the right one. No site is a blank canvas. Understanding the context of our projects is central to our approach. Whether we are working within a listed building or on vacant land we aim to turn the constraints and conditions of the site into opportunities. In this way we are able to realise the full potential of each site, developing unique buildings that ‘belong’ to their place. Social and environmental sustainability is at the core of our approach and is re-enforced by our teaching and research. We are an RIBA Chartered Practice.
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