Zminkowska De Boise Architects, also know as ZDB Architects, are a north London based architects offering architectural services for all scales and all stages of projects from conception to completion in London, Hertfordshire, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. We can transform the way people live, work and play by creatively adding and maximising space, with building extensions and alterations.
Hanna Zminkowska and Richard De Boise met while working at theatre architects, Foster Wilson Architects. There we worked together on numerous performing arts projects and found that we shared a passion for and approach to architecture. In 2009 we decided to set up a practice together following these values.
We approach each project on its own merit. We believe in the importance of learning from the past and responding to context, whether physical or cultural to create a sense of place. We begin by listening to clients’ briefs, studying sites’ context, and investigating alternative options through an iterative process of sketching and model-making.
We had been cautious about joining any networking organisation, but last August we were invited to visit the Hampstead and Highgate chapter of Business Networking International (BNI) for one of their early morning meetings at Giraffe restaurant in Belsize Park, with a good breakfast menu and strong coffee. We found it inspiring to meet and network with other small business owners and decided to join. The group is very supportive, the meetings are well chaired, serious, but social.
BNI Hampstead and Highgate chapter has a very strong property group that we have become part of. Other members have passed our details to prospective clients a number of times, and some of the referrals have already developed into real projects. Similarly, on occasions our clients have required professional services that we do not offer, and we have been able to put them in contact with appropriate BNI members including property lawyers, estate agents, interior designers, kitchen suppliers, printers, etc.
It is a fantastic way of doing business without being over serious.