dRMM

Alex de Rijke

Director

BA, Dip Arch, MA, ARB

UK/NL

Alex de Rijke is a founding Director of dRMM, having established the practice in 1995 with Philip Marsh and Sadie Morgan. He is a design champion at dRMM, responsible for the concept, construction and delivery of our timber projects. These include such diverse projects as Sliding HouseKingsdale School, Charlton WorkStackTower of LoveEndless Stair, WoodBlock HouseMaggie’s Oldham, and the Stirling Prize winning Hastings Pier.

Alex conducts ongoing research into contemporary materials, technologies and methods of construction. In 2006 he wrote, ‘Timber is the new Concrete’, and introduced cross-laminated timber to the UK with groundbreaking prefabricated buildings, Kingsdale School Sports Hall in London, and the Naked House prototype exhibited in Oslo. Through Alex’s leadership, dRMM has become recognised as a pioneer and authority on engineered timber design and construction, especially CLT (cross-laminated timber).

In 2013 de Rijke, alongside AHEC and ARUP, invented the first cross-laminated timber made from a hardwood and in the form of Endless Stair demonstrated its incomparable beauty, strength and sustainability in the LDF 2013 installation at Tate Modern. In summer 2017, construction will complete on dRMM’s Maggie’s cancer care centre in Oldham. A building that demonstrates a synthesis of concept, construction and user well-being; it is made entirely from tulipwood CLT and glass. The project reveals Alex’s total design ethos in its integration of landscape, architecture, furniture and art.

Prof.de Rijke has consistently combined cutting-edge practice with education. He advocates learning through experimentation and making, and his extensive experience includes teaching, lecturing and examining at many european schools of Architecture. From 2011-2015 he was Professor of the Masters programme and Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art. Alex is currently an External Examiner to the Design & Make timber programme at the Architectural Association, and a Visiting Professor to the Royal College of Art, London. He lectures internationally, presenting dRMM’s work from Scandinavia and Europe to Asia and Australasia. He has given conference papers on a range of themes including: engineered timber architecture and construction; prefabricated and mobile architecture; and the relationship between architecture and health.

Under Richard Roger’s former chairmanship, Alex de Rijke was a member of the Design for London Advisory Panel, and continues to contribute to design discussions at institutions such as the RIBA, ARCAM (Architecture Centre Amsterdam) and the Milan Salone del Mobile. Alex represents dRMM and the wider profession in the media through radio, TV appearances, and features in publications such as The Plan, Architectural Review, Dezeen and The Guardian.

With a parallel passion as photographer, Alex photographs for publications and exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale 2008 and 2012, and documents dRMM’s projects on an ongoing basis.

 

Sadie Morgan

Director

OBE, BA (Hons), MA (RCA), DU LSBU (Hon.), FRSA, Hon FRIBA

UK

Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Jonas Lencer.

In her role as a design champion Sadie’s involved in a number of advisory roles including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and being one of ten commissioners for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group which will place design at the heart of all new major infrastructure projects.

In 2017 Sadie was chosen as a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority and became a non-executive director of the Major Project Association. She is a non-executive director of U+I, overseeing delivery of their commitments to community engagement in PPP projects.

In 2019, Sadie Morgan was appointed as a member to the Homes England board, the UK government’s housing accelerator. She recently founded the Quality of Life Foundation – a new independent body aimed at raising people’s quality of life and wellbeing through the improvement of the built environment.

Sadie lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. In 2013 she became the youngest president of the Architectural Association, and in 2016 she was appointed professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University.

In 2017, she was named New Londoner of the Year by the NLA for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level and most recently she won ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD awards and AJ100 Contribution to the Profession. In the New Years Honours 2020 she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to design advocacy in the built environment.

Philip Marsh

Director

BA, DipArch, RIBA, ARB

UK

Philip Marsh is a founding director of dRMM. He is an industry leader, award winning architect, media commentator and past awards judge. He has 23 years of experience as an expert in residential and civic architecture and urban design, having designed and delivered award-winning residential projects, schools, civic buildings and placemaking projects.

These include significant regeneration projects in London, such as designing the critical first phase housing for Argent at Kings Cross, Faraday House at Battersea Power Station and Trafalgar Place for Lend Lease at the Elephant and Castle (Stirling prize shortlisted 2016).

Education projects include the remodelling of Kingsdale School in Southwark; a £23m transformation project that prefaced the Buildings School for the Future Initiative, and Clapham Manor Primary School; a contemporary addition to a Victorian Board School. Not only did this extension provide the school with much needed extra space, but it also positively transformed the public realm, as recognised by the Mayor of London Planning Award 2010 and the Stirling prize shortlisting 2010.

Philip’s approach to design has always been to question the ‘norm’ and to consider lateral responses in order to elevate the ambition and the possibilities of each project. His design of Wansey St is acclaimed for providing the maximum possible quality for all residents, whatever their tenure and the scheme was awarded BD Public Housing Architect of the Year 2006. The RIBA Judges remarked of Trafalgar Place, “the quality achieved should be an example for future housing developments”. With an outstanding site plan that dedicates over 46% to the public realm, the scheme received the Best New Place to Live Award and the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence in 2016.

Philip has an excellent success rate in getting planning permission for the projects he has designed, partly thanks to his understanding of and ability to balance the needs of both commercial developers and local authorities. He recently gained planning for Brill Place, a 25-storey residential tower adjacent to St Pancras station as part of the Central Somers Town Regeneration.

A passionate designer with strong aspirations for London, Philip creates high quality, healthy, accessible and sustainable places. His residential scheme for the White City Television Centre regeneration is described by local residents as, “bold […] lighter in feel and in a talented way it cleverly transitions the mixed architecture of the existing street to the bulkier aspect of the [BBC]. There is a degree of poetry in its existence where none existed before”.

Saskia Lencer

Director

DIPL ING ARCH, MSC, AK, ARB

DE

Saskia Lencer was made dRMM Director in 2020 following her three-year role as Associate Director. She joined the studio in 2006 and has been the driving force behind some of dRMM’s most high-profile projects. She was Project Architect for the RIBA Award-winning scheme known as the ‘Tower of Love’ at Blackpool’s seafront – a cross-laminated timber building situated directly opposite the Grade I listed Blackpool Tower, comprising of a wedding registry, tourist information and restaurant. She also led dRMM’s team on Faraday House from competition to completion, leading the residential scheme as part of the wider Battersea Power Station regeneration masterplan. As Project Architect, Saskia worked to deliver the golden apartment building that defines the western edge of the nationally significant site.

With a Masters of Science in Architectural/Heritage Conservation from the TU-Berlin, Saskia’s unique architectural expertise marries a heritage background with in-depth understanding of technical design at all scales. From her work on WoodBlock House – a live/work East London dwelling for artist Richard Woods – to her involvement on the RIBA Stirling Prize winning regeneration scheme, Hastings Pier, Saskia brings her knowledge of materials and construction strategy as tools for designing flexible spaces that champion longevity.

Prior to joining dRMM, Saskia worked for Avery Associates where her projects included the remodelling of the London Transport Museum. This high-profile scheme located within a central London conservation area involved the extensive remodelling of the museum within a Grade II listed flower market structure and additional extension works.

She has contributed to the Architects’ Journal Retrofirst campaign, writing about the merits of prioritising flexibility in architecture as a driver for the profession’s current and future retrofit culture. Her position advocates for the merging of heritage specialisms with newbuild strategies as a means for creating architecture that is defined by adaptability. As such, Saskia leads dRMM’s focus on retrofit, integrating her research and practice with the studio’s wider sustainability priorities.

Saskia also advocates for collaboration as a priority in creating sustainable architecture. Her extensive experience in contract administration and construction at all scales, as well as her involvement working within sensitive contexts, is buttressed by her willingness to share expertise across disciplines. Saskia’s focus on collaborative practice extends to her strategic role within the dRMM studio vis-a-vis team development and mentorship. Across all project teams and personnel levels, Saskia works to shape dRMM’s future-driven work culture as it relates to resourcing, managing and personal progression.

Jonas Lencer

Director

DIPL ING ARCH, AK, ARB

DE

Jonas Lencer was made Director in 2015 following a 15-year progression from architectural intern through to Studio Director. His role within dRMM has consistently been tied to the studio’s material research and development, with a particular focus on material innovation via the process of making and – increasingly – through the strength of digital design.

Together with his fellow directors, Jonas champions dRMM’s international strategy, marrying his passion for process-driven architecture with an ambition to grow dRMM’s portfolio across the globe. Jonas believes passionately in the power of process-driven architecture as an agent for narrowing the gap between design and manufacture. He is particularly interested in the potential of prefabricated materials, materials with a propensity for modularity, and materials that promote circularity. His design with fellow director Alex de Rijke for the 2013 London Design Festival project, Endless Stair, celebrated engineered timber and modular design. The installation was conceived as a flexible configuration of identical components designed to to adapt to different contexts, including its feature in the 2014 Milan Salone del Mobile event as Scale Infinite. Endless Stair also saw the collaboration with Arup engineers to develop the first hardwood CLT material, which was later used in dRMM’s award-winning design for a Maggie’s centre in Oldham. In 2016, Jonas brought his long-standing timber expertise to the Malaysian Wood Awards as a member on its judging panel.

Jonas brings his material and making expertise to the wider industry discourse in the form of consistent public speaking, writing and panel expertise – he was invited to sit on the London Borough of Harringay’s Design Review Panel in 2017. He has written and lectured on the subject of the ‘Architecture of Circumstance’, which outlines his proposition for a design future reliant on resource availability, flexibility, and radical logic as opposed to predisposed stylistic solutions. As such, Jonas’ focus as Director lies with the studio’s overarching architectural strategy and the strengthening of its process-driven design ethos.

Jonas is vocal in his support of emerging practitioners as ambassadors for sustainable change within the industry. He has written about the importance of listening to young voices within the profession – specifically the role of environmental architect-activists – and is a mentor to dRMM’s internal Sustainability Focus group. Jonas is keenly invested in discourse as a tool for learning within practice. Aside from regular guest lecturing, he became an assessor for RIBA Part III at the University of Brighton in 2017.

Before joining dRMM he worked alongside Prof. Mirko Baum at the Institute for Structural Architecture, RWTH-Aachen, as well as in Cologne and Moscow as an assistant to the artist Prof. Igor Sacharow-Ross. Jonas moved to the UK in 2004 and was born and educated in Germany.

Judith Stichtenoth

Director

DIPL ING ARCH, AK, ARB

DE

As of 2020, Judith became one of dRMM’s six directors. She joined the studio in 2009 and has since worked on a number of key schemes across various scales, stages and sectors. As part of her directorship, Judith pilots an ongoing emphasis on conceptual development across all projects. Her focus on progressing the studio’s design innovation works to elicit solutions that push conventional typological boundaries whilst consistently being defined by logic.

Judith’s project work at dRMM has spanned residential, commercial and industrial sectors. Her strength lies in ensuring design clarity and intent is transferrable to all project scales, in particular dRMM’s growing portfolio of masterplan schemes. Her extensive experience in managing production activities and liaising with stakeholders is a valued asset across project scales.

Throughout her years at dRMM, she has been Project Lead on a number of residential projects, including Television Centre Plot E – a 179-unit development formed as an articulated nine storey perimeter building with a row of townhouses to the south; and Brill Place – a 25 storey residential tower in Camden as part of the Central Somers Town Community Investment Programme. Judith was also Project Lead for dRMM’s Fenchurch Street project – a distinctive office building with stepped elevations. She currently leads the Wick Lane project, a mixed-use development comprising 175 homes over new light industrial units, retail and workspace. She also heads up work on Charlton WorkStack, a series of 14 workspaces for light industrial, creative and office uses on a compact inner-city site.

This variety and scope of work has crystallised Judith’s interest in urban typology development, examining contemporary permeations of mixed-use buildings and places and their evolving relationship with cities. She is interested in the concept of circularity, understanding the ways buildings can function as systems that are rooted in, and contribute to, their specific context – both materially and culturally. Her work on Bolivia Clásica – a school for the arts based in La Paz – exemplifies a novel approach to mixed-use development that combines learning, performance and civic participation. The school’s intention to redefine and reinforce each of these activities is framed under a new adaptable, process-driven, and sustainably built architecture.

Aside from her project management tasks, Judith also maintains a key role in dRMM’s resourcing and recruitment process. As part of this area of her remit, Judith is committed to championing diversity, building on the studio’s strong reputation for gender parity and extending this culture towards greater intersectional representation.

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

Tamsin Pearce

Finance Director

BA (HONS)

UK

Tamsin is the Finance Director at dRMM. She joined the practice in 2011 to strategically grow the studio’s administrative arm. In just under a decade, Tamsin oversaw the expansion of the administrative team to incorporate key departments and processes including the studio’s ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, Health & Safety, and HR management. Tamsin was made Associate Director in 2017 and has been increasingly involved in managing dRMM’s finances. In her move from Associate Director to Finance Director, she will be integral to maintaining and growing the financial health of the company. Her ongoing remit at dRMM includes strategic planning, financial forecasting, and financial operations. She also continues to oversee the administrative department.

Starting her career in the A&R department at MCA Records, Soho in 1990, Tamsin spent the following ten years in various major record companies as an A&R administrator, managing recording projects and album budgets. Seeking a change at the turn of this century, she moved to the emerging world of ‘new media’. Her initial web production management role was at Granada TV, working on their first iteration of TV programme websites. A couple of years later she joined the BBC as a production manager in their interactive Factual and Learning department. She spent her next three years in radio, production managing key programmes such as Woman’s Hour and Any Questions for Radio 4 – this role was very much a career highlight.

Tamsin returned to the music industry for a five-year stint in music TV production and then in 2011 found her way to dRMM. She arrived with 30+ years of budget management but scant architectural knowledge. Since joining, Tamsin has overseen two studio moves and a three-fold increase in team size, and is now almost fluent in architectural jargon. Most recently, she has been at the forefront of the studio’s operational and HR effort in the face of the evolving Covid-19 pandemic and its implications on contemporary work practices. Working closely with dRMM’s Directors and Studio Manager, Tamsin has been instrumental in developing agile work patterns that ensure work-life balance and champion flexibility. She is very proud of the dRMM portfolio and culture, and delighted to be part of such a diverse, international and passionate team.

Aside from juggling spreadsheets and plotting cashflows, Tamsin is a passionate supporter of theatre, and rarely travels long-distance without a hula hoop.

Andy Matthews

Architect

BA (Hons), MA, ARB

UK

Andy studied Architecture at the University of Brighton before completing his Masters Degree at the Royal College of Art. In Brighton, where he also worked in practice, he discovered a love for the wider design spectrum from illustration to product design. Keen to develop a multidisciplinary approach, he returned to London to finish his studies at the RCA. He is particularly interested in social and critical views toward architecture, especially his personal intrigue into social class and taste, which he explored in his masters thesis.

At dRMM Andy is currently applying his knowledge and enthusiasm towards the design of a cinema. Outside of work he enjoys emulating meals he has sampled along his travels in his own kitchen (albeit to a slightly lower standard!).

 

Anna Lisa McSweeney

Senior Arch Assistant

BSC, MA

UK/SE

Anna Lisa completed her part I at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and following a two-year period in industry, concluded her master’s studies at the RCA. She worked for multidisciplinary design practice HTA until joining dRMM in late 2017. Both her academic and professional work demonstrate an innate interest in community-based architecture and making a positive contribution to the built environment.

She has played an active role in the realisation of several live projects, from a sustainability focused live-work cooperative in rural Belgium, to the community build of anaerobic digesters, finding value in ‘meanwhile’ spaces in London. At dRMM, Anna Lisa is working on an infrastructure and public realm tender. Out of the studio she enjoys sourdough-baking, language-learning, and can be found rambling by day or dancing by night.

Auzar Tehrani

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER

BArch, MArch

IR

Auzar received her MArch in Architecture with distinction from Bergen Arkitekt Skole in Norway ,with her diploma project winning the Norwegian Statsbygg Prize in 2012. She began her career in Myanmar, working in the hospitality sector on low-budget sustainable projects. In 2014, she joined FMA, where she worked on a few iconic projects in Tehran within the commercial, cultural and residential sectors. After moving to London, Auzar worked in two small practices where she was responsible for a number of small-scale residential projects through all stages. She completed her Part III at Bartlett in 2018.

At dRMM, Auzar is currently working on detailed designs for a hotel. In her free time, she enjoys Persian calligraphy and bookbinding.

Benedetta Montaguti

Arch Assistant

BArch, MSc

IT

Benedetta completed her undergraduate studies in Venice and Paris before heading to the Netherlands for her part II. Her MSc thesis specialised in ‘Interiors Buildings Cities’; exploring territories that range from the extended interior to the intimate city. She worked from her understanding of existing urban, social and economic situations while focussing on the notion of Urban Institution. During her education, she also had the opportunity to work on a slum conversion in India from the master planning stage.

At dRMM, Benedetta is working on Purfleet; a regeneration in East London which combines work spaces, commercial and mixed-us residential. Out of the office Benedetta can be found travelling with her backpack to discover new cultures and sample different cuisines.

Ceren Mihlar

Architectural Designer

MSC ARCHITECT

TR

Ceren completed her Masters Degree at Politecnico di Milano in 2012. Her thesis questioned the effects of climate and topography on urban morphology with comparative case studies across Europe. After her studies. Ceren moved to Istanbul and worked at an award winning practice in Turkey as leader of the concept design team, mainly developing large scale mixed-use, residential and accommodation projects. Ceren later joined a global infrastructure company where she worked on large scale urban transformation projects for Istanbul Municipality.

At dRMM, Ceren is working on residential projects and large scale masterplans. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, bakery, practicing pilates and collecting figures from comics and movies.

Cassie Li

Arch Assistant

BA (Hons)

UK

Cassie studied her Part I at the University of Westminster with a semester abroad at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Whilst studying and before joining dRMM, she worked with the architectural collective Caukin Studio on designing and building community projects in Fiji, where she gained hands-on experience in local timber construction. 

At dRMM Cassie previously worked on producing models for the ‘Forest of Fabrication’ exhibition and is currently working on a masterplanning project at the early design stages. Out of the office, she enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures, scuba diving and eating dim sum. 

CATHERINE CLARKE

STUDIO MANAGER

BFA, MAVA

SA/UK

Originally from Cape Town, Catherine moved to London after completing her MA in Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch. She has worked in creative and admin support for architectural practices since, and joined dRMM as studio manager in 2019. Working with the studio’s admin team, Catherine oversees the smooth-running of the operational side of the studio on a day-to-day basis. With a particular interest in HR, Catherine is currently working towards a CIPD level 5 certificate in HR Management. Outside of the office, current obsessions include exploring her south London neighbourhood for good pubs and sourcing and restoring vintage Ercol chairs.

DENISE LYRINTZI

STUDIO ASSISTANT/PA

BA, MA

CA/GR

Originally from Canada and Greece, Denise’s education background is in dance and body movement. She moved to London in 2011 where she continued her academic studies in Cultural Policy & Management at City University, continuously exploring the integration of body and mind. She has enjoyed a varied freelance career working with renowned dance and arts companies, mainly within administration and production. Joining dRMM in 2019, she provides administrative support to the Studio Manager as well as coordination for the directors’ diary management. Her dog and bicycle occupy the top spots on her overall priority list. 

Farid Karim

Arch Assistant

BA (Hons)

SY

Farid is an Architectural Assistant at dRMM. He completed his part I at the University of Greenwich, where his final year project highlighted existing hierarchies within government backed privatization and its eventual consequences on the public. This involved the designing of a Rothschild owned Bankers Union on the privatised Trafalgar square. Prior to joining dRMM, Farid worked for Wilkinson Eyre Architects where he was involved in a range of large-scale projects; including HS2 stations and rugby stadiums.

At dRMM, Farid is involved with the Brickyard project; a large mixed-use development with retail and residential uses. He has been working on the 3D CAD modelling of interior and exterior views, producing visualisations which focus on materiality and community spirit. As well as loving his work, Farid also enjoys a good cup of tea.

Finbar Charleson

Arch Assistant

BA (HONS), MARCH

UK/SE

Finbar is an Architectural Assistant at dRMM. Graduating from Manchester School of Architecture and The Bartlett, Finbar has received The Manchester Society of Architect’s ‘Future Architect of the Year’ award, The University of Manchester’s ‘Outstanding Academic Achievement Award’, Bartlett School of Architecture Medal, Sir Andrew Taylor Prize and nominations for the RIBA Bronze and Silver medals.

Finbar has developed a specialist interest in Timber construction through extensive prototyping and live builds for The Dorset Wildlife Trust and the Tallinn Architecture biennale. Before joining dRMM, Finbar gained experience across scales with Rogers, Stirk, Harbour + Partners, Olson Kundig and DaeWha Kang Design. Outside of design Finbar enjoys hiking, climbing and skateboarding.

Findlay McFarlane

Arch Assistant

BSc (Hons), MArch

UK

Findlay is an Architectural Assistant at dRMM. Before joining the practice, he graduated from his Master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh, following undergraduate studies at the University of Bath and Technische Universität München. Findlay is particularly interested in architecture’s relationship with existing heritage fabric and cultural place making. At dRMM he contributes to advanced stage work on large-scale projects

Throughout his education his projects have been nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal and the AJ Postgraduate Student Award, and won the 3DReid Student Prize. Findlay grew up on the Black Isle in Scotland, and enjoys classical guitar, rugby union and mountaineering.

Hanae Wilke

Communications & Bids Coordinator

BA, MA

NL

After gaining a BA in European Studies, Hanae studied Fine Art in The Hague and completed her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art. Prior to joining dRMM, Hanae worked extensively in the creative sector, from organising marketing and events for art institutions to writing for artists, designers, and publications.

In her dual role at dRMM, Hanae is responsible for the communication of dRMM’s profile in printed and digital media as well as coordinating the production of UK and international bid submissions.

Hanae is fascinated with the built environment and how it shapes the fabric of our lives – inspired by it, she creates artworks that explore, deconstruct, and reassemble familiar structures, forms, and systems found within it.

Héloïse Le Carrer

Architect

ADE, HMONP, ARB

FR

Héloïse is an Architect at dRMM. She studied at École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne, which included an exchange year at Xiamen University in China. After graduating in 2011, Héloïse joined Jacques Ferrier Architecture in Paris and worked on a variety of projects including international competitions and development design for mixed use schemes. In early 2014, she transferred to their Shanghai office to work on the construction phase of the French International High School in Beijing.

During her time in Shanghai, Héloïse participated in installations and seminars which observed the daily life of the city street and its transience.

At dRMM Heloise is working on the Triangle; a new residential scheme in Newham. Out of the studio, Héloïse enjoys practicing yoga and discovering the beauty of the British coast.

JAMES MAK

Architect

BA (HONS), AA Dip, ARB

UK/HK

As an architect at dRMM, James is passionate about the intersection between education and architecture. James works on a variety of education, residential and masterplanning projects in the office, with a focus on cross-laminated timber construction. Since he joined in 2017, he has been mainly working on Wintringham Primary Academy in Cambridgeshire – a new build CLT primary school that aspires to synthesise the extension of learning spaces beyond the conventional classroom.

James grew up in Hong Kong and graduated from the London School of Economics in Geography, before obtaining the AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London. His years in academia allowed him to investigate the social and cultural implications of vernacular architecture in post-conflict countries. In 2009, he founded a charity that designs, builds and runs village schools in Takeo, Cambodia and has been an active volunteer ever since. When he is not reading or writing about architecture, he is a keen hiker, an amateur rock-climber and bonsai lover.

Jasmin Sohi

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

BSC, DIP ARCH, ARB

UK/HK/SG

Jasmin is a Senior Associate at dRMM. Having received her degree from the Bartlett, UCL, she 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. Jasmin has good experience of housing design and has been involved in the development of unit layouts through to construction for Athletes’ Village Plot N26. She has also overseen the design and construction of social tenure family townhouses for numerous infill sites in Newham.

Jasmin was awarded RIBA NW Project Architect of the Year 2018 for her work on the Maggie’s cancer caring centre in Oldham – an exciting scheme involving a raised timber structure with a curved glazed void. Jasmin also trained in graphic design at Shillington College and has a key role in overseeing dRMM’s brand and graphic outputs. She teaches Year One BSc Architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, and in her spare time she makes macarons and is trying to learn Japanese.

Joe Morris

Senior Arch Assistant

BA (hons)

UK

Joe began his career at a structural engineering firm working on ultra-light structures with climatic envelopes utilising Texlon Etfe. Building on his strong technical background, he went on to study Architecture at the University of Westminster, where he explored interests in sustainable and ecological design. Joe has subsequently worked for a number of practices on a wide variety of projects, including the Crown Hotel Tower in Sydney and the innovative Sahara Forest Project. His experience also includes listed buildings, a multi-story car park and small residential and retail projects.

At dRMM, Joe is working on a hotel in NW Cambridge; helping to coordinate the structure, developing the detailed design and assisting with the integration of BIM into the project. Out of the office, Joe enjoys spending time with his two kids, working on his house and sailing

KAT SCOTT

Senior Arch Assistant

BARCH (HONS), MARCH

UK

As Part II Project Lead at dRMM Architects, Kat works on a mixture of masterplanning, cultural and residential projects. Kat is also developing strategy and conducting research for dRMM in light of our ‘Architects Declare a Climate and Bio-diversity Emergency’ commitments. Kat is passionate about mitigating the impacts of construction on the wider environment, and advocates for decarbonisation of the industry. Awarded with a Distinction in MArch Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Kat’s final drawing ‘Archiving the Anthropocene’ was exhibited at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition in 2018, curated by Grayson Perry and Piers Gogh. Kat previously worked at Carl Turner Architects on ‘meanwhile’ schemes, and at Hawkins\Brown, based at Arup’s office, on the delivery of Crossrail. At Undergraduate level, she achieved First Class in BArch Architecture from the University of Nottingham.

Kat works with a range of collaborators at the ‘Embodied and Whole Life Carbon’ group at the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), who are developing guidance for designers to reduce embodied carbon. Outside of work, Kat is part of the Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN), a voluntary network of individuals seeking radical change in light of the climate and biodiversity emergency. Kat is also currently studying for ARB/RIBA Part III at the Bartlett. In her free time, she enjoys attempting to grow fruit, veg and flowers from seed.

Kinga Koren

Graphic Designer

BA (Hons), PgDip, MA, CMP

UK/HU

 

Kinga is the Graphic Designer at dRMM. She studied in the UK and Canada to achieve a postgraduate degree in Design Management and an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins. She is responsible for the practice’s graphical language and works closely with the Directors and Architects making sure they get the best graphics support. Kinga has extensive knowledge of architectural graphic design and has been leading workshops and teaching on the subject.

In her spare time Kinga enjoys the cultural scene of London and is a tour guide at the British Museum. She is also an organiser for Rails Girls London; an event that introduces women to coding.

Laura Nica

Architect

BA (Hons), MArch, ARB

UK/RO

Laura is a recently qualified Architect, completing both her Part I and Part II with Distinction at the University of Westminster (UoW). Prior to joining dRMM, Laura gained experience working at Foster + Partners and Wilkinson Eyre on mixed-use masterplans, infrastructure and residential developments across the UK, Asia and the USA.

At dRMM, Laura is currently working on a large regeneration masterplan, developing designs for Phase I of the scheme. Laura’s broader interests extend to material research, digital fabrication and sustainable design. She is a Visiting Lecturer at the UoW – centring the research on climate change, the use of data and computational processes to inform architecture in the age of the Anthropocene. Out of the practice, she enjoys travelling, skiing and building pavilions.

Matteo Aricò

ARCHITECT

MSc

IT

Matteo is an architect at dRMM and is currently working on the design development of a large residential scheme in London. 

He graduated with distinction from the University of Florence with a Masters thesis on the environmental system of a kindergarten, where he was able to experiment with that which he most enjoys: giving ideas a shape. Since then, he has been attracted to the study of spatial qualities and how they can encourage or limit functionality and interactivity. He broadened his research in 2018 with a Masters degree in Environmental psychology, focusing on the influence of built environments on human living, with particular emphasis on carceral spaces and healthcare. Before leaving Italy, he worked with offices of various sizes on projects of diverse scale. In his spare time, Matteo is learning to play guitar and experiments with scientific cooking techniques.

Maxim Tooker

Senior Arch Assistant

MArch BEnvDes

AUS

Maxim is a Senior Architectural Assistant at dRMM. He graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Tasmania in Australia. His projects and research explored environmental and socially sustainable architecture. While studying, he worked with the Universities Department of Research to complete extensive investigation into the sustainable use of timber. His previous experience includes working as the primary designer for a pre-fabricated housing product concept in Tasmania’s south.

At dRMM, Maxim is working with the team to develop and refine the Triangle concept; a mixed use development at London’s Victoria Dock. While not engaged in the studio; Maxim actively explores, sketches, paints and studies architecture of the yesteryear and now.

NAZLI USTA

Associate

BARCH, GradDip

TR

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’.

Raphael Villiermet

Associate

ADE, RIBA, ARB

FR

Raphael graduated from Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Versailles in France and went on to complete a year’s study in Buenos Aires’ FADU. He built upon his educational experience by gaining hands-on experience on construction sites before joining dRMM Architects. 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 was a key member on the Battersea Power Station housing project overseeing structural coordination and other interior packages, but also worked on the landmark project, Endless Stair, for the London Design Festival 2013. More recently, Raphael was involved with the practice’s residential projects of Maidenhead and East Ham, gaining more experience in residential project design.

Regina Kertapati

Snr Arch Designer

BPD (ARCH), BARCH (Hons), Msc

AU

Regina is a Senior Architectural Designer at dRMM. She completed her architectural studies at the University of Melbourne, following which Regina joined a renowned Australian practice before deciding to complete a master’s degree in urban sociology from the London School of Economics.

Though her experience mainly focuses on high-density living, she has also been involved in education and hotel projects. Regina’s range of skills include project management, urban research, writing and BIM. Her interests lie in housing affordability and how urban governance influences the living quality of populations. At dRMM, Regina is working on an interesting community-based project and is involved with writing bids.

In her free time, she enjoys cooking for friends, bending backwards in yoga and walking along London’s network of canals.

Roslyn Stanwick

Business Development Manager

BA (HONS), MA

CA

 

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.

SAM SKOGSTAD

Senior ARCH ASSISTANT

BAS, MARCH

NZ

Sam is an Architectural Assistant at dRMM. He studied at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, graduating with a Master’s degree. Sam worked at a top New Zealand practice on the design and delivery of a number of higher education projects before joining dRMM. These projects were driven by a strong focus on both the user’s experience, and the provision of welcoming spaces on campus for the wider community. During this time, he also gained valuable experience working with BIM.

At dRMM Sam is working on two affordable housing schemes in Newham; projects that allow him to pursue his interests in residential, and socially positive architecture. He is involved in the developed design and detailing of the buildings’ envelopes, as well as integrating BIM into the project workflow. In his spare time Sam enjoys exploring new cities, non-competitive tennis, and pointing a camera at the places and spaces he visits.

Steven Wallis

SENIOR ASSOCIATE

BArchDes, DIP BDD

AU

Steve is a Senior Associate at dRMM and has contributed to a number of large-scale mixed-use and residential projects since joining the studio in 2008. These include the ArtHouse development at King’s Cross and East Village the former Athlete’s Village of the London Olympics.

His wider experience includes education and leisure architecture, having led dRMM’s proposals for the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education new Hill Barton Campus, as well as overseeing the Sky Health and Fitness Centre; a case study in sustainable building, health and wellness. Most recently, Steve was the project leader of the RIBA Stirling Prize shortlisted Trafalgar Place, the first phase of the Elephant and Castle regeneration. Steve currently oversees several of dRMM’s projects as part of the Sky Campus regeneration and contributes to various bids and feasibility studies. Alongside his practice, Steve leads dRMM’s peer review forums and presents dRMM’s projects and research externally.

After graduating from RMIT University, Steve worked for several years with prominent architecture practices in Melbourne. Outside of dRMM, Steve spends his time exploring London with Maxxi, his Miniature Dachshund.

 

Tara Ryan

Associate

BA (Hons)

UK

Tara is Head of Marketing and Business Development at dRMM. She studied Business Studies at Leeds Metropolitan university, with a specialism in arts marketing. Prior to dRMM, Tara was Head of Marketing and Communications at Stanton Williams and has a long and varied career in architectural communications spanning CABE, the World Architecture Festival and the Architects’ Journal and Architectural Review. An experienced strategist, Tara leads the dRMM marketing and new business team to communicate the studio’s vision and work to a wider audience, developing new business opportunities and partnerships and driving the practice’s public identity.

Outside of the studio Tara is interested in subcultures and their relationship with the city, and can be found choreographing dance routines to 60s girl groups in her front room.

Tonia Tkachenko

Associate

BSc, MArch, ARB

RU

Tonia studied Architecture at the Bartlett, UCL and graduated with her Masters degree in 2014. Her diploma project questioned the relationship between space and the body in motion. Through proposing an Arts Terrain in Copenhagen’s South Harbour, she explored how specific ways of movement produce unique spatial experiences and become productive design tools. She gained her Part III at Westminster University.

Tonia joined dRMM in summer 2014, keen to pursue her academic interests further, and has worked on projects such as 51-54 Fenchurch Street and Brill Place. She became an Associate in 2020. In her free time Tonia jet-sets between Russia and USA. When in London she focuses on polishing her domestic skills – baking yummy goods, cooking up veggie delights, and tie-dying tote bags.

Tyler Bollier

Architect

FR / CH / LB

Tyler is a newly qualified architect at dRMM where she is working on residential and mixed-use projects in London.

Tyler studied at the Architectural Association in London where she explored creative ways to regenerate disused spaces while enhancing and preserving the natural landscape.

During her studies, she worked on community building projects in Portugal and India, and two pavilion installations including one for the 2017 Salone del Mobile in Milan. Under Bollier Design, she developed high-end interior retrofits in London.

She gained work experience at Kengo Kuma and Associates in Paris and Guy Holloways in London.

When not dreaming about design, Tyler is an avid yoga practitioner, basketball player and a passionate cook

Victoria Hale

Senior Architect

BA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB

UK

Victoria is a senior architect at dRMM involved in residential developments. She is part of the team working on a residential scheme within the BBC Television Centre masterplan in White City. She has a passion for housing; new typologies, affordable models, and evolving standards, and enjoys the use of BIM in practice.

Victoria studied at Brighton and London Metropolitan University. Since qualifying, she has been in practice in London, delivering projects from conception to completion, with a keen interest in sketching and detailing. She is the proud owner of two tortoises and in her spare time enjoys yoga, skiing and socialising in pubs, as well as exploring different cuisines and ethnic influences in her home cooking.

Will Howard

Associate

BA (Hons), DIP Arch, ARB

UK

Will is an Associate and Architect at dRMM, where he is involved with high profile residential, commercial and educational projects. He is currently working on a number of mixed-use commercial and residential developments in Fish Island.

Will studied at the University of Huddersfield and Kingston University, joining dRMM in 2014. In previous practice, he gained experience working with leading higher education clients on complex teaching, research and laboratory buildings.

He brings a range of skills to the studio, and has detailed experience in user engagement, technical coordination and overseeing the production of design information at all work stages. Outside of work, Will enjoys travel, acoustic guitar, and developing his culinary skills