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GRAS celebrate fifth anniversary

January 10 2012

GRAS celebrate fifth anniversary
GRAS, a young satellite branch of the more venerable Groves-Raines Architects, are celebrating their fifth anniversary – a period which has seen work conducted on 50 individual projects.

Founded in October 2006 by Gunnar Groves-Raines (son of practice founder Nicholas Groves-Raines), Stuart Falconer and Steven Orr – the practice has gone on to complete 12 projects.

Speaking from the practices James Morrison Street base, Groves-Raines told Urban Realm: “We had the opportunity to take a space here and set up the office under our own brand with our own set of ideals.”

Speaking of their 50 projects Groves-Raines told Urban Realm: “We’ve been paid for 35 of them, 27 are dormant and 11 we think have a realistic chance of going ahead. It’s been interesting to review that and see if there is any way we could have foreseen those 27.

“The nature of the work that we do means we’ve been able to keep busy right the way through. We haven’t lost any staff because we work in a broad range of quite small projects, so if any one project fails it doesn’t have quite the same effect as if you’re a big multinational. Also the conservation sector is much more recession resistant in a country where the built heritage is so important to the tourism industry.”


#1 Posted by wango on 10 Jan 2012 at 13:01 PM
37 projects in 5 years!? I wonder what the fees are like if they've managed to keep going (and pay staff) for that long!
T Hamilton
#2 Posted by T Hamilton on 10 Jan 2012 at 15:46 PM
.....that Gordon Wallace he gets everywhere....why is he centre stage on the GRAS celebration pic.....did he pop over for a cup of sugar?
#3 Posted by Enjoy on 10 Jan 2012 at 20:03 PM
Q: 37 projects in 5 years!? I wonder what the fees are like if they've managed to keep going (and pay staff) for that long!
A: Nepotism
#4 Posted by Sceptic on 11 Jan 2012 at 09:14 AM
Wish my daddy handed me projects to work on.

#everyone is equal but some are more equal than others
Alan Dunlop
#5 Posted by Alan Dunlop on 11 Jan 2012 at 09:39 AM
I remember Stuart as a very talented young architect. So, congratulations, Gunnar, Stuart and Steven and all the very best for the future of your practice
#6 Posted by kat on 11 Jan 2012 at 09:59 AM
Great work GRAS! I've seen your portfolio showcase in the last UR magazine. I think it's very impressive. All the best to the team for the next 5 years!
#7 Posted by L on 11 Jan 2012 at 11:33 AM
Oh dear Enjoy and Sceptic, I can smell the stench of your sour grapes from here.
#8 Posted by Enjoy on 12 Jan 2012 at 19:02 PM
Stench? Sour grapes? Hardly

Just perpetuates the fact it's not 'what' but 'who' you know.

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