dRMM

Alex de Rijke

Director

BA, MA (RCA), Dip Arch, RIBA

UK/NL

Bio

Founding Director of dRMM, established in 1995. Has presented dRMM’s work in Europe, South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa on the relationship between design concepts and emerging construction types, in particular advocating engineered timber design. Professor de Rijke has taught widely, including at the AA and RCA. He is active as occasional critic, lecturer, architecture design advisor and photographer. He is Dean of Architecture at the RCA.

At dRMM de Rijke focuses on design innovation. He combines leadership of expanding practice with research into new materials and modern methods of construction. Alex has had a central role in pioneering cross-laminated timber panel construction in the UK and Australia. dRMM’s research work for the 2012 Venice Biennale on the floating architecture of the Netherlands resulted in design proposals for London’s Royal Docks. ‘Floatopolis’, a time-lapse masterplan for incremental growth, was launched in February 2013 at the RIBA / British Council Venice Take Away exhibition, with an accompanying presentation from de Rijke.

Sadie Morgan

Director

BA (Int Design), MA (RCA), FRSA

UK

Bio

Founding Director of dRMM. Sadie’s ability to communicate and negotiate has defined her role within the organisation and has developed into the strategic management of all dRMM projects.

Sadie was design director on the award-winning No.one Centaur Street, and her internal design expertise includes dRMM’s Dura, a radical reconfigurable modular design for an ‘Exemplar’ school of the future. She was responsible for the colour strategy at Kingsdale School and at Clapham Manor School.

She regularly guest lectures both nationally and internationally and has sat on design competition juries including the Building Awards, The British Construction Industry Awards, and The World Architecture Festival Awards. Her advisory roles have included Southwark Hub for the London Festival of Architecture and the Central London Partnership 2012 legacy strategic taskforce. She is an external examiner at Westminster University and a trustee of the Creative Education Trust.

Sadie was honorary treasurer of the Architectural Association (AA) between 2009 and 2013. As of June 1st 2013 she became President of the AA. Sadie is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Most recently, Sadie shortlisted for the AJ Woman Architect of the Year award in recognition of her twenty-year career of leadership at the forefront of an industry characterised by men.

Philip Marsh

Director

BA, Dip Arch (UCL), RIBA

UK

Bio

Founding Director of dRMM, Philip has been central to dRMM’s education projects. He was project architect for the remodelling of Kingsdale School, an acclaimed project that addressed student morale and education standards through the radical transformation of the learning environment. This experience was distilled into Dura, dRMM’s Exemplar School for the DfES. He was project architect for Clapham Manor Primary School, shortlisted for the 2010 Stirling Prize and has recently completed 4 Dwellings a 2FE Primary School for Birmingham City Council. Current projects include a new campus for Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education.

Philip was the architect for the Elephant & Castle Regeneration pilot, Wansey St, a mixed tenure scheme for which dRMM were awarded BD Public Housing Architect of the Year 2006. Additionally, he co-designed the recently completed sister project Harper Square, for Family Mosaic shortlisted for the NLA 2013 award for housing.

Philip has designed ArtHouse for Argent, the first private housing scheme delivered at Kings Cross Central completed 3Q 2013. He is currently working on Faraday House, phase one of Battersea Power Station, a project which has been described by David Cameron as “jewel in the crown” of regeneration projects in London.

Jonas Lencer

Studio Director

DIPL ING ARCH (RWTH), AK, ARB

DE

Bio

At dRMM, Jonas’ work has created new housing typologies. He was responsible for the design development and delivery of the Wansey Street project, a competition win which formed the ‘pilot’ for the ongoing redevelopment of Elephant and Castle, and for which dRMM were awarded BD Public Housing Architect of the Year in 2006.

Jonas has played key roles in the design and delivery of dRMM’s London 2012 Athletes’ Village, Harper Square, and currently leads dRMM’s project at Battersea Power Station. Jonas specialises in combining design concepts with innovative structures and construction techniques with a focus on prefabrication and engineered timber construction. He applies this approach to dRMM’s timber projects.

Ann Dingli

MARKETING COORDINATOR

MA (UOM), MA (UAL)

MLT

Bio

Following the completion of her BA (Hons) degree in Art History, Ann worked as Research & Marketing manager for Maltese firm Architecture Project. Concurrently, she completed an M.A. in Art History at the UoM before leaving her island home for London. Once joining the city, Ann read for an M.A. in Critical Writing at the University of the Arts.

As Marketing Coordinator, Ann’s tasks involve the communication of dRMM’s professional profile through new media and the overall management of the company’s online presence. She is also tasked with the implementation of the firm’s marketing strategy on a practical basis. In her role at dRMM Ann continues to live out her passion for thinking, writing and talking about great architecture.

Daniel Romero

Architect

ARCH (ETSAS), COAS, OAPT, ARB

ES

Bio

Daniel studied architecture at ETSA University in Seville and at the FG Architecture University in Hannover. Prior to joining dRMM, he worked for different offices between Spain, Austria, France and Italy. Daniel was a senior architect at Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Rome for over four years, working on the projects such as the Genoa Trade Fair Pavilion and the Ferrari Factory in Modena. Daniel also worked for the Spanish office of Dominique Perrault Architects on the Olympic Tennis Centre. Notably, Daniel has good skills in technic architecture details owed to his rigorous education and a extensive experience building projects.

Currently Daniel is part of the Trafalgar Place team working on the first phase of the Elephant & Castle Regeneration, which will provide the first homes as part of the regeneration of the former Heygate Estate in South London.

Davide Pontoni

Architectural Assistant

MA ARCH

IT

Bio

Davide studied architecture at the Milano polytechnic university, developing skills on sustainable design and city analysis. During his studies he worked with different practices focusing on building renovation, sport facilities and luxury villas. He spent a year working in Copenhagen where he gained experience in urban development and public competitions. He has a keen interest in the reinterpretation of traditional architecture and the public realm.

Each summer Davide works as a skipper on a Croatian sailing boat, feeding his great appetite for travel and the sea. He is back on land now, working with the dRMM team on the design for a car park.

 

Diana Noronha Feio

Architectural Assistant

MA ARCH

PT

Bio

Diana joined dRMM in August 2013 as an architectural assistant. She is originally from Portugal where she studied at the University of Lisbon at FA and in the University of São Paulo at FAU. Her MA thesis in housing design included rigorous research into the evolution of dwelling and inhabitation patterns with a view to create spatial solutions for the needs of contemporary society. Following her studies, Diana worked for BFS Arquitectos, in São Paulo in the development of private houses.

At dRMM, Diana has worked mainly on large residential projects such as the Athletes Village and has recently joined Trafalgar Place team. Besides architecture, Diana is passionate about dancing. She has trained and performed as a professional dancer for many years and is always looking to converge both creative paths in some way, shape or form.

Eoin Horgan

Architectural Assistant

MA Arch (CCAE)

IRL

Bio

Eoin studied architecture in his home city of Cork. He graduated in 2012 and went on to work on a number of design projects in Ireland and abroad. His involvement in the research and publication of a river navigation guide for Cork city provided him with invaluable experience working with public bodies. Eoin’s thesis research was based in Istanbul, where he looked at urban regeneration through the reintroduction of industry, specifically experimental planting and production techniques for saffron. Most recently Eoin co-curated exhibitions for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale and Istanbul Design Week.

Eoin joined dRMM in October 2013 and has worked on a number of competition schemes for residential, education and industrial projects. He is currently working on the BBC Television Centre Plot E residential scheme for Stanhope PLC. Eoin has a keen interest in travel. Highlights so far – San Diego and New Zealand.

Fridah Mutegi

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

NVQ 4, DIP

KN

Bio

Fridah joined dRMM Architects in August 2013 as the administration assistant. Her role involves contributing to the smooth operation of the working environment by providing day-to-day administrative support to the team of busy architects.

Prior to her employment with dRMM Architects, Fridah worked for eight years in the Third Sector as an office administrator and contracts manager. Third Sector organisations work on objectives benefiting society through being flexible, non-bureaucratic and responsive – able to meet demands and put ideas into action quickly; bringing diversity to the landscape, providing innovative solutions and targeting resources at people who need them the most. They are based at the heart of communities and have a strong role in engaging local people, meeting diverse needs – building up links and have a wealth of knowledge about neighbourhoods.

Gustav Toftgaard

Architectural Assistant

AA DIPL

SE

Bio

Gustav studied Architecture at the Architectural Association, London and the University of Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining dRMM, Gustav worked for studios in Sweden, Australia, London and Belgium. He has a keen interest in architectural theory, specifically relating to the role of the architect in society. He also has an inquisitive relationship with timber construction and wood furniture design.

Gustav joined dRMM in January 2014 and is currently working on a proposal for a health and gym centre and car park.  Gustav enjoys travelling and learning new languages and is currently studying French at Institute Français in London.

isabel Pietri

ARCHITECT

AA DIPL, ARB

VE

Bio

Since joining dRMM Isabel has been involved in a wide range of projects, from early designs for TATE’s mobile gallery to masterplans. She has overseen façade packages for dRMM’s buildings at the Athletes’ Village, and has been involved in developing the cross-laminated timber structure for our latest residential scheme in Elephant and Castle. She is currently busy with a landscape-based scheme for a University Campus in Cornwall, whilst continuing to play a key role in our on-going speculation on the future of housing after leading our research into floating communities.

Isabel graduated from the Architectural Association in 2007. Having worked at Barkow Leibinger in Berlin and Foster + Partners in London, she has also taken part in traditional and experimental building workshops in Portugal, Japan and the UK.

James Crawford

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

MA ARCH (RCA)

UK

Bio

James first joined dRMM in 2010 after gaining his degree from the University of Liverpool. During his first stint with us he worked the delivery of the Athletes village and has now rejoined dRMM after completing his Masters degree at the Royal College of Art. Currently, he is predominantly working on the Phase One redevelopment of Elephant and Castle.

Whilst at the RCA James developed a theoretical proposal named Patapolis – a radical take on current sustainable culture that questioned the rural urban divide and the future potential of our ‘ecological age’. Broadly, James is interested in the use of colour and ‘fun’ in architecture.

Jasmin Sohi

ARCHITECT

BSC, DIP ARCH (UCL), ARB

UK/HK/SG

Bio

Having received her degree from the Bartlett, UCL, Jasmin joined dRMM in 2004 and returned in 2008 after gaining her diploma with a project exploring the nature of risk in a Japanese insurance office. At dRMM Jasmin has been involved with various projects such as the refurbishment of SEI and the new build extension for Clapham Manor Primary School. Jasmin has good experience of housing design and has overseen the development of unit layouts through to construction for Athletes’ Village Plot N26.

She is currently involved in Phase One of the Elephant and Castle regeneration whilst developing family townhouse typologies for numerous infill sites in Newham. In her spare time Jasmin makes clothes and is interested in tailoring architectures from innovative fabrics (but we all know it’s a flimsy excuse to go to sample sales).

Jorge Larrea

Architectural Assistant

ARCH DIPL (UNC)

AR

Bio

Jorge studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. Concurrently he worked with small practices as an assistant teacher in workshops and competitions, facilitating the design and build of a family patio house. Jorge’s final thesis focused on the re-conquest of a complex urban site known as Barrio Alberdi, through the balance rupture of an antique cinema called La Piojera.

After graduating in 2012, Jorge came to Europe to walk through beautiful cities, considering this to be essential to his own education. Fascinated by British music and literature, he moved to London and worked on a community project in Canning town. At dRMM Jorge is working on a new factory building, producing drawings and models in the initial stages of its design.

judith Stichtenoth

ASSOCIATE

DIPL ING ARCH (TU BERLIN), AK, ARB

DE

Bio

Prior to joining dRMM, Judith worked for LIN Architects on projects based in France and Germany. Notably, she was responsible for the design and detailed development of the external envelope of the Cite du Design in Saint-Etienne.

Judith is part of the design team working on dRMM’s housing and has contributed to the Stratford City North project. She is currently leading the Harper Road production team providing 72 apartments and townhouses, which forms part of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration in Southwark. Judith has particular skills in organising and managing production activities, and solving technical and design issues in an innovative manner.

Junko Yanagisawa

ARCHITECT

AA DIPL, ARB

JP

Bio

A graduate of the Architectural Association in 2005, Junko was originally a student with dRMM in 2003 when she was involved in the construction stage of Kingsdale School’s auditorium and library. She provided specialised input on projects using cross-laminated timber, such as the Naked House for the INDUSTRY! exhibition in Oslo, Norway, Kingsdale School Music & Sports Buildings in London and Modern Art Oxford in Oxford.

Junko worked on key education projects including Clapham Manor School in London (shortlisted for the 2010 RIBA Stirling Prize) and the Four Dwellings Primary School project in Birmingham. Junko has also contributed to the design of the Rundeskogen tower scheme in Norway.

Karl Karam

Architectural Assistant

AA DIPL

LB

Bio

Karl graduated from the Architectural Association in 2013 where he focused on architectural interventions within specific dense urban fabrics, taking into account a complex set of realities in order to develop and articulate proposals. He has worked for BrisacGonzalez on a number of competitions and projects as well as serving as a bookmaker for Zaha Hadid Architects.

At dRMM, Karl works on residential and leisure projects. He is particularly interested in the evolution of architectural elements within conflict Cities.

Marina Fernandez

Arch Assistant

BA (Hons) INT ETSAM, BSc UEL

ES

Bio

After earning a degree in Interior Design at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Marina came to the UK to study Architecture at the University of East London. Before joining dRMM Marina worked on residential projects, designing interior spaces and gaining valuable experience on small-scale works. Having taken part in the regeneration programme for Granadilla – a deserted Village in Spain – Marina has gained a thorough understanding of urban development and the necessity of restoring the existing to preserve cultural heritage.
 
At dRMM Marina has been involved in various competitions, helping to develop ideas through montage and model-making. Currently she is part of the Trafalgar Place team working on the residential project forming part of the broader Elephant and Castle regeneration scheme.

NAZLI USTA

ARCH ASSISTANT

B ARCH, AA GRAD DIPL

TR

Bio

Nazli studied architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and completed her graduate diploma at the Architectural Association in 2011. At the AA she pursued her interest in film and architecture by focusing on interactive design and the notion of the city as a stage.

Having worked in cities such as New York, Berlin and Istanbul Nazli has developed a keen interest in urban regeneration. At dRMM Nazli has worked on Harper Square and Phase 1 of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration, gaining expertise in spatial organisation and residential design standards. Currently, Nazli is a member of the team designing dRMM’s residential project at Battersea Power Station, which leads her back to ‘architectural staging’.

Oli Cunningham

ASSOCIATE

BA (HONS), DIP ARCH, RIBA

UK

Bio

Combining practice and education for many years, Oli runs his own practice alongside teaching and work with dRMM. Previously an Associate with Design Engine, he led their London office delivering a range of innovative projects including products, interiors and urban masterplanning, across new build, existing and listed buildings.

As a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, Oli led a final year degree studio and co-led a postgrad studio researching urbanism. At dRMM, Oli has focused on delivering Plot N26 on the Athletes Village and regularly contributes to pre-planning, design and technology reviews for projects and competitions. Oli is currently a design tutor at the University of Sheffield.

Patrick Usborne

ARCHITECT

BSc (Hons), AADipl, ARB, RIBA

UK

Bio

Patrick has returned to dRMM as a registered Architect after first joining in 2005 when he worked on projects including the Timber Stadium and Four Dwellings Primary School. Patrick was a scholarship student at the Architectural Association for six years. On graduating he joined Serie Architects working on numerous projects in China, Singapore, India and Kazakhstan.

Patrick continues to teach through workshops and juries at the Architectural Association. Before architecture, Patrick gained an honours degree in Physics which sparked a passion for precision whilst being responsive to our environment and culture. Away from the office you’ll probably find him up a mountain, skiing, climbing or running.

Raphael Villiermet

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

ADE (ENSA-V)

FR

Bio

Raphael graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Versailles in France and went on to complete a year’s study in Argentina at Facultad de Arquitectura Diseno y Urbanismo. He built upon his educational experience by gaining hands-on experience on construction sites for four months. This work deepened his interest in the full lifecycle of the construction process and design precision.

Prior to joining dRMM, Raphael worked in Paris at Baillon-Henrion and Bruther, focusing on the design of sport and education public facilities, for competitive public sector contracts. At dRMM he works mainly on the Battersea Power Station housing project, but has also worked on the landmark project, Endless Stair, for the London Design Festival 2013.

Riccardo Monte

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

MA ARCH

IT

Bio

Riccardo studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and gained practical experience building timber roof structures at his uncle’s workshop. On the advice of his grandfather’s friend architect Vittorio Gregotti, he has broadened his experience working in London on several high profile projects for AModels, including a large model for Alison Brooks for the 2010 Venice Biennale. Riccardo’s design skills were also used on the Museum of Copenhagen for Brisac Gonzalez.

Since joining us in 2011 Riccardo has worked on dRMM’s Harper Road project, part of the Elephant & Castle regeneration. He is already a valuable member of our residential design team.

Roslyn Stanwick

PA TO DIRECTORS

BA (HONS) MA UOL

CA

Bio

Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, Roslyn has been based in the UK since 2010. After completing her Master’s in History of Art, Roslyn moved from Leeds to London to pursue a career in cultural management. Prior to joining dRMM, she worked in the exhibition department at Calvert 22, as a studio coordinator at Kiwi & Pom and most recently worked as an independent events manager in the arts.

At dRMM, Roslyn deals with day-to-day diary management for the directors and is responsible for all matters concerning client relations. She is passionate about London’s art and design scene and enjoys planning monthly studio outings much more than she ought to.

Ryoko Kawaguchi

ARCHITECT

DIP ARCH, MA (CANTAB), ARB

UK/HK/JP

Bio

Ryoko studied architecture at Cambridge University and had a taste of working 24/7 in Tokyo before joining the practice in 2004. At dRMM, Ryoko has played a key role in several significant education projects, which she enjoys developing from early stages through collaboration with the design team and stakeholders.

In her first years with dRMM Ryoko gained hands-on experience from the Kingsdale project, working on its refurbishment and remodelling phases. Since then, Ryoko has been involved in BSF projects, most recently on a new build ARK Academy in Birmingham. Ryoko is currently working on the redevelopment plans for the Exeter Deaf Academy, where she has been able to draw from the education architecture expertise.

Saskia Lencer

Associate

DIPL ING ARCH (FH), MSC, AK, ARB

DE

Bio

Saskia works on a number of distinctive dRMM projects and specialises in the design and delivery of Cross Laminated Timber construction. She was project architect for the RIBA Award winning scheme known as the ‘Tower of Love’ at Blackpool’s seafront and is now leading another CLT project in East London – an artist’s studio and family home for Richard Woods, currently under construction.

Saskia’s studies in Cologne and at the TU-Berlin have given her a strong technical background. She has gained experience in design and construction at all scales and with listed buildings whilst working in the US, UK, Turkey and Germany. Currently, Saskia is leading the project team for dRMM’s housing project at Battersea Powerstation.

Sophie Worsnop

Architectural Assistant

BSC BATH

UK

Bio

Sophie studied Architecture at the University of Bath, graduating in 2013. Her final year thesis project investigated the demise of the craftsman in an age of digitalization, allowing her to experiment with wood working techniques herself. Previous to dRMM Sophie worked for Berman Guedes Stretton Architects gaining experience in conservation and projects in the education sector.

At dRMM Sophie has been responsible for creating drawings, models and visualisations for winning competition entries and feasibility studies, and at present she is working on an office building. Sophie is an avid music fan and enjoys traveling to European festivals where she is always accompanied by her camera.

Steven Wallis

ASSOCIATE

BA (DESIGN), DIP BDD

AU

Bio

Steven studied architecture at RMIT University in Melbourne, and worked for several years with leading architectural practices before emigrating to the UK. Since joining dRMM in 2008, Steven has primarily been involved in Residential portfolio of projects; contributing to the early design stages of the Arthouse building as part of the Kings Cross Redevelopment, and as key member of the Stratford City North project team, which he later lead during construction.

Steven currently oversees the Trafalgar Place project: the first phase of the Elephant and Castle Regeneration which will provide the first homes as part of the regeneration of the former Heygate Estate in South London.

Tamsin Pearce

Studio Manager

BA (HONS)

UK

Bio

Tamsin joined dRMM in 2011 as Studio Manager, having spent her previous working life in the admin/ business departments of various music, TV and radio companies. At dRMM she manages all things Administrative, ensuring strong structural support to a very busy office, and assists with strategic & financial planning. At the start of 2013 she organised the studio move to our new premises in Weston St.

Tamsin’s remit is diverse and eclectic, much like her taste in music. She loves exciting architecture but is also quite partial to a good spreadsheet.

Tom Etchells

ARCH ASSISTANT

BA (HONS) INT DESIGN

UK

Bio

Whilst studying at the Glasgow School of Art, Tom explored a range of projects from office to installation design, developing a keen interest in the reuse and reinterpretation of existing interior spaces.

At dRMM Tom has worked on a number of projects at varying scales, including competitions. He has worked on primary and secondary school projects with visualisation and assisting on design development. Most recently he has contributed to the initial stages and remodelling of Hastings pier, where Tom has gained invaluable experience in public consultation and working with local education.

Umi Baden-Powell

Intern

BA (Hons)

UK/DM

Bio

Since graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art (UCL) Umi continues to pursue her ongoing research into ‘urban nomadism’, an investigation that analyses the growth and decline of both social and creative resources in the city. Umi is fascinated by the ephemeral nature of the city, a structure that is constantly in flux – informed by history and shaped by society. Her long-term goal is to influence policy-making to integrate creative practice within both urban and rural areas. Umi has worked with a multitude of artists, filmmakers and architects who share her deep concern with public space.

At dRMM, Umi has been involved in public realm, cultural and temporary projects creating drawings, models and visualisations. She is currently working on designs for an outdoor temporary exhibition space.

Viola Gurioli

ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT

MA ARCH

IT

Bio

Viola studied architecture both in Milan and in Madrid, developing good analitical skills and learning to think “from the spoon to the city”. Before graduating she trained in Italy at Studio Albori and worked as a teaching assistant within international design workshops. In the UK she collaborated with Ash Sakula in an experimental community project. Her interest lies in urban regeneration strategies and participatory approaches to creating architecture.

At dRMM Viola works at different scales, from urban planning to interiors, producing visuals, diagrams and outline illustrations. She has a penchant for discovering hidden gems in cities – an urban explorer always accompanied by her bike and her camera, of course.

Opportunities

Bio

dRMM is a horizontally organised, close-knit team, based in an open plan studio at 81, Weston Street, London, SE1 3RS.

There are currently no vacancies at dRMM.

However if you would like to send your CV please submit it by email to jobs@drmm.co.uk and it will be kept on file for three months.