Meet the team: Oguz Uskuri
We’ve created a short blog series where we meet the team behind Uskuri Theobald Architects. Uskuri Theobald Architects are a new, young and innovative practice based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. This week we’re meeting Oguz Uskuri who is one of the three directors.
Over to Oguz to answer our questions!
What is something in architecture that your clients have to deal with that you want to fix?
The complicated and daunting prospect of our clients understanding the RIBA work stages and what each stage entails. During our initial consultation I enjoy educating our prospective clients on all the work stages and the benefits it will have for them, during the course of their project.
We also advise our clients when other professionals/ reports will be required during the process, such as arboricultural reports, structural engineers and party wall surveyors. This allows for a seamless running of the project and taking the stress away from the client.
What’s your favourite part of the process?
My favourite part is the concept design stage, it’s the part where we have the ultimate creativity. We have our clients brief and bringing them vision to life is really enjoyable. After we’ve secured that design with the correct planning permission I really enjoy working on stage 04 which is the technical package. It’s more than just producing construction drawings to meet building control approval at this stage, the value we bring is to ensure that the design elements we carefully detailed are understood and delivered by the contractor. It is these details executed on site that sets our projects apart.
Whats your favourite project your currently working on?
I am currently working on a really exciting new build project in St Albans (see above for visualisation). The brief was to achieve an open plan kitchen, dining and family space, utility/pantry, a formal reception room, integrated garage and 4 double bedrooms all with en-suites and a master suite with a dressing room and en-suite. This is achieved over three stories above ground level. The hidden excitement of this project is found below ground…a cinema room, games room, bar and gym located in a basement.
Being able to design and deliver a clients dream home in its entirety is thoroughly rewarding.
What do you like about working at Uskuri Theobald Architects?
We are a like minded, design led practice and I believe this shows in the work we produce. We are willing to go above and beyond to enhance our clients experience.
We take what we do seriously and professionally, but inject an element of fun both within the office and with our clients. I am lucky to be in business with two very talented individuals, who happen to be my best friends.
What’s your background?
My heritage is Cypriot and I spend vast amounts of my childhood over in Cyprus during the holidays. My parents were lucky enough to have land out there and had a holiday home built. I remember spending many evenings looking through architectural magazines as a young boy, and cutting out different floor plans and piecing them together to create a layout for our home. Having been engaged in this process and seeing the house progress with every visit to Cyprus, was sheer excitement and when my passion for architecture begun.
Prior to setting up our own company, I worked for a practice in London for around 6 years. The practice was more commercial heavy doing multi storey developments, office fit out and interiors. Implementing techniques and finishes I was exposed to there in to the domestic world is something I am enjoying.
What are the values that drive you?
My family is at the core of all my values. Uskuri Theobald Architects has given me the opportunity to have freedom and fun with my family and creativity both at work and at home.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
Spending quality time with Leoni [outside of working hours] and of course our baby daughter Ayla Blue. Family in general is a big part of our lives outside of working. Being a dad and exploring everything new with Ayla is the most satisfying past time. I also love cooking and doing BBQ’s…I have threatened putting together a cook book for some time, so watch this space.
Next week we’ll be catching up with Ryan Theobald - in the meantime any questions for Oguz then comment below!