On a visit to the V&A during primary school, Max Fraser was struck by how buildings can capture moments in time: seeing shrapnel damage to the wall of the museum was his favourite part of the trip, a memory of the second world war frozen for future generations. The moment stayed with him as he grew up, and provided early inspiration for his final dissertation. His route into architecture began with work on construction sites alongside his dad, continuing as he enrolled for night classes in CAD set up by his mum, who ran the estate where he lived. He was quick to pick it up, eventually achieving a City and Guilds qualification, and then studying part-time towards his architectural diploma while working in practice. On site, his technical background enables Max to form strong relationships with clients and contractors, resolving problems and working within tight timeframes. During the design stages, his open-minded approach leads to a playful, open process as the brief is explored and the design refined. Like most Atomik staff Max enjoys travel, drawing inspiration from cultures different to his own for use in his work.
Max received his degree in architecture from the University of Greenwich in 2014, studying part-time while working at Moss Architecture.
At Atomik, he is often running several projects in parallel, taking a lead on technical issues as they progress from the drawing board into construction on site. He has worked across a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, homes, mixed-use developments, offices, retail and masterplanning. He has particular experience working on small-to-medium size residential projects and education schemes.
Before joining Atomik, Max worked with an NGO in Cambodia, working on housing projects for families forcibly evicted by the government in order to redevelop parts of the capital city Phnom Penh.