Founded in 2004 by its CEO and Founding Director, Përparim Rama, 4M Group (pronounced ‘form group’) is an award-winning London-based design+build practice, with a second studio in Prishtina, Kosovo. 4M’s portfolio includes residential, retail, hospitality and urban mixed-use designs. Rama (as he is known) is a five-time former WIN Awards judge, and we are privileged to have him on-board for the sixth time this year.
A popular and magnetic practice leader, he describes himself as ‘acutely aware of the impact of space on human emotion and well-being’. Rama’s pavilion at the 13th Venice Biennial (the first ever for Kosovo) explored this theme in a characteristically unique way, described by the Biennial’s President as ‘architectural democracy’. Rama tells us more about it.
He first came to the UK from the former Yugoslavia in 1992 as a 16-year old. War broke out back home and it was unsafe for him to return. Instead, he settled in the UK, which he says adopted him ‘literally’, providing him with the ‘opportunity to get educated and work’. He chose to study architecture. Today, he runs marathons to raise money for children fleeing war zones.
Rama’s approach to design goes far beyond the physical into the realms of the deep and mystic. When you hear the beautiful and touching account of his early years in this interview, it’s easy to see why. A famous artist for a father, a gentle guru-like figure in his beloved grandfather, and the ever-present love of his mother have helped shape the man who used to dive to the bottom of the sea for starfish as a child. But first…
Read the complete interview here: