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46. Emma-Julia Fuller (La Chât '06)

Posted By Alumni Office, lundi, 23 avril 2018
Updated: jeudi, 3 mai 2018

Atelier EJF

> founded 2014

1. What is your company’s product/service?

We are an architecture and design firm that helps people create spaces and objects that improve their lives. We specialise in residential projects of all scales. 

2. Where was it founded and where do you now have offices?
We were founded in Geneva, and we go where our clients are. At the moment we have projects in London, California and around Lac Léman. We use co-working spaces instead of having fixed offices.

3. Number of employees at peak (and now)?
It depends on the project. It can range from individual design work with the client to big collaborations with up to 20 people on a single project. Collaborating rather than hiring people in-house means we can have specialised skill sets for each project and do more varied work.

4. What was the hardest thing about building the company?
When you are building a company, you have to become an expert in more than just your own field. I had to learn how to take care of finances, manage employees, make business models, all whilst doing a full-time design job. Sometimes you feel like you do more administrative work than design work!

5. Where do you see your company in three years?
I like the friendly dimension of a small company. Hopefully Atelier EJF will continue to grow but we will keep the same one-on-one interactions with our clients. I see us collaborating with even more designers and engineers to keep pushing the boundaries of design and creating innovative and fresh work.

6. Do any other Ecolint alumni work with you?
Not yet!

7. In what ways (if any!) did your Ecolint education help you in founding a company?
The subjects I took at La Châtaigneraie were pretty varied, so I had a good base when I founded my company. Visual Arts were essential, but languages and geography and the multicultural heritage Ecolint has given me really helped me stand out from my peers in architecture. We are currently working on a project in India for a French client living in England via Skype in two languages. For an international student, that’s pretty normal. Ecolint taught me how to appreciate different cultures and ways of living, thinking and working that help me keep an open mind in my day-to-day designing. 

Tags:  architecture  collaborative  design  geneva 

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