John Puttick Associates was founded in 2014, initially working from New York on a series of residential and interiors projects in the United States in addition to a gallery for emerging artists in Beijing. In 2015, the practice won a prestigious international competition to refurbish Preston Bus Station. The listed 1960s Brutalist landmark building still remains the UK’s largest facility of its kind. The project also includes a 2600 sqm standalone building on the site offering cultural and recreational facilities for the local community.
John Puttick Associates continues to practice internationally but has now moved its base to London to oversee the construction of the Preston project and other new commissions in the UK. These include a local museum in Hertforsdshire and two mixed-use new build youth centre projects in London. The practice has been selected as one of twenty architectural firms from around the world to be included in Wallpaper* magazine’s 2017 Architects’ Directory of “rising stars”.
John Puttick studied architecture at The University of Nottingham and The Bartlett, University College London where he subsequently taught a Diploma design unit. His own Diploma project "The Land of Scattered Seeds" has been published and exhibited internationally and a copy is held in the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. He established John Puttick Associates in 2014 having worked for several years on major building projects in the UK, Europe and China. John Puttick has since exhibited and spoken about the practice’s work that has also been widely published.
John Puttick Associates’ work is gently sculptural. Its logic is based on a desire to express each element and to articulate the interrelationships of spaces. There is a sense of calmness in the buildings brought about by a pared down design aesthetic. This enjoyment of simplicity and clarity is combined with joy and warmth as components in the practice’s work; elements that come across in the many hand drawings and physical models that the team produce as part of the architects’ working process.
At John Puttick Associates, there is also a strong interest in the potential offered by engineering to improve the built environment. Architecture is, in fact, seen as an “art of construction”. This interest in how things are made goes hand-in-hand with the practice's pursuit of highly functional buildings designed to serve the specific needs and expectations of those who will occupy and use these in years to come.