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James Traynor

Managing Director

BA(Hons), BArch(Dist), MSc, ARB, RIBA, CEPHD

Certified Passive House Designer

James is Managing Director of ECD Architects and is a Certified Passivhaus Designer with over 15 years’ experience in low-energy design. James obtained an MSc in Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology and is a graduate of the University of Liverpool school of Architecture. He has a particular interest in Post-Occupancy Evaluation as a means of improving building handover issues and addressing the gap between predicted and actual performance.

In recent years James has been involved in a number of pioneering projects which address the future of building refurbishment in the UK. He has created partnerships between industry and academia to improve wider learning. See: www.rockwool.co.uk/ and is passionately committed to creating attractive, affordable and sustainable environments that meet the long term needs of the building user.

Ian Sarchett

Director

 BSc MRICS

As Director, Ian’s role is to champion all building consultancy teams in the successful delivery of projects to meet quality targets, both within programme and financial budgets and to ensure the delivery of Best Value to clients.  Ian ensures that all team members are performing efficiently, that lines of communication are well established and operationally effective.  His role integrates all disciplines, team members and works in adhering to targeted high quality standards and surpassing client’s expectations.

Alistair Cameron

Director

BSc(Hons), MSc, ARB, RIBA, RIAS

Alistair is a chartered architect with over 18 years experience. As a Director in the Glasgow office, Alistair is responsible for a number of key client accounts as well as daily management of the Glasgow team.

Alistair has a wide variety of experience, with a focus on the higher education, housing, masterplanning and interior design sectors. Alistair is currently working on delivery of the £6.5m programme of new build housing for Scottish Borders Housing Association, along with a £4m extension to the Advanced Forming Research Centre for the University of Strathclyde.

Daniel Jenkins

Director

BA(Hons), DipArch, CPPA, ARB, RIBA

Dan is a fully qualified architect with over 20 years experience in the construction industry, having focused on community social buildings and spaces throughout his training. As an Director at ECD Architects, Dan is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of specific ECD project teams and manages design projects from inception through to practical completion.

Dan has worked on a variety of project types and is currently overseeing teams working on school expansion programmes in and around London and the South East. He is also involved in a number sustainable carbon reduction retrofit schemes working with the teams to deliver projects ranging from individual private dwellings to whole tower block renovations to achieve the EnerPHit standard.

Derrick Hadeed

Director

Dip Arch (Hons), BA (Hons), ARB, RIBA

Derrick is an Architect and Director at ECD and joined the practice in 2015 after successfully building a reputation with internationally renowned award winning Architects and construction professionals for delivering high quality architecture. Derrick’s approach is proactive, creative and always project focused. Derrick’s specialties are in Conceptual Design, Architectural detailing and Building Contract Management. Derrick has the ability to lead teams, run building contracts and win architectural competitions, and has delivered this throughout his career with drive and enthusiasm.

Loreana Padron

Associate Director/Head of Sustainability

BArch(Dist), DipArch(Dist), MA(Hons), ARB, RIBA, CEPHD

Certified Passive House Designer
Autodesk Revit Certified Accredited Professional

Loreana qualified as an Architect (ARB, RIBA) at the Architectural Association and the Central University of Venezuela, she has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture and more than eleven years of professional experience in all stages of the design process; mainly in the residential, commercial and education sectors, both for new build and refurbishment projects.

As an Associate Director at ECD Architects, Loreana works directly with clients in order to prepare feasibilities and options appraisals, concept and detailed design, planning applications and tender documentation. She has extensive experience administrating projects and coordinating teams to produce drawing packages for all stages of the design process. She encourages clients, fellow consultants and colleagues to implement collaborative BIM workflows across all design and construction projects.

As Head of Sustainability, Loreana makes sure that all projects go through a detailed Sustainability Review at every RIBA stage to ensure that these aspects are covered at the right time of the design process and ring-fenced wherever possible, providing value to the project and the client. Loreana is a Certified Passivhaus Designer (CEPHD) and has specialised in the refurbishment of tower blocks; in order to achieve a very low energy demand and to provide comfortable and healthy environments for the residents, as well as reduced energy bills.

Patrick King

Associate Director/Head of BIM Technologies

BSc(Hons) in BIM Management

Patrick is a qualified Architectural Technologist with 10 years of experience within the construction industry as well as a BIM Manager completing an MSc at Middlesex University in BIM Management. His experience in the construction industry has involved a variety of projects, from small residential refurbishments to large new build educational and sports stadium projects developments.

Patrick has a detailed understanding of BIM processes and Revit Architecture and an expertise in the implementation and enforcement of BIM standards, as well as experience in the implementation of AEC BIM Standards, PAS 1192-2 and project execution plans. As BIM manager Patrick implements the processes and procedures of BIM modelling, information management and Data exchange on projects. He is responsible for: creating the Project Information Plan and Asset Information Requirements: managing the preparation of Project Outputs (e.g. data drops) and the implementation of the BIM Protocol; and updating the Model Production and Delivery Table.

David Gallacher

Associate Director

Bsc(Hons), PGDip Urban Design, ARB, RIBA, RIAS

David is a fully qualified chartered architect with over 13 years experience. Working from the Glasgow office, David is the senior project architect and lead consultant with a number of ECD key clients.

David’s experience covers a varied level of sectors, including housing, industrial, education, distilleries and laboratories. David is currently working on the design of a state of the art Robotarium laboratory for Heriot Watt University, two affordable housing developments in Fife, and several ongoing projects with Morrison Bowmore Distillers, whom ECD have enjoyed a working relationship with for over ten years.

Lizzy Westmacott

Associate Director

BArch, MArch,PostDip, ARB, CEPHD

Lizzy is a qualified Architect and certified Passive House Designer with 15 years’ experience of design and getting projects delivered on site. She has experience of new build and refurbishment projects and of working on constrained sites as well as expertise in the design of low-energy buildings.  She has also helped to build a small timber-framed house. This range of experience has made her a confident and pragmatic lead designer with excellent skills in communicating with and managing design teams. Having worked on two BIM level 2 projects Lizzy is familiar with BIM processes and the advantages this can bring to a project.

 

Gary Alston

Associate Director

Gary returned to ECD Architects in 2019 as an Associate Director, working directly with clients and leading project teams. He has gained a wealth of experience working across the various sectors of residential, retail, education and commercial.

Gary was responsible for the development of the information required for both our Lovell Road and the Ealing Road development projects. As such Gary has extensive capabilities and knowledge with regards to Planning, Building Regulations, NBS specifications, Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes, BREEAM, contract administration, site supervision, and working within BIM environment. He continues to broaden his knowledge in the field of architecture and sustainable design through his current master’s studies.

Joan Gil Ferret

BIM Coordinator

Joan Ignasi comes from an Architectural Technologist background in Barcelona, with more than 10 years’ experience and 3 years working in BIM Coordination and management positions.

He has a vast knowledge in Revit and is an expert in Dynamo, constantly writing scripts to improve team’s productivity and has a sound understanding of the BS & PAS 1192 standards.

Joan Ignasi is responsible for ensuring the BIM Execution Plan is being followed; the Employer Information Requirements and Asset Information Requirements are delivered. He also responsible for the office’s content creation; assists in company’s BIM implementation, providing methods, procedures and workflows to fulfil the standards.

Joan Ignasi is an enthusiast of these new technologies as the way to improve traditional ways of working.

Viv Sterling Adams

Office Manager

Simon Chadwick

Senior Architectural Technologist/Head of Technical

MCIAT

Simon Chadwick is a Senior Architectural Technologist with over 40 years experience in the construction industry. During that time he has worked for practices large, medium and small and has built up an extensive knowledge of building construction and detailing in the residential, commercial, retail, educational and leisure sectors. He is equally experienced in preparing and submitting planning, tender and construction drawings as well as NBS specifications, liaising with clients, local authorities, contractors and other consultants.

Yvonne Roddie

Senior Architect & Interior Designer

BSc(Hons), Pg Dip, ARB, Adv Dip Spatial Design

Qualified as both an architect and interior designer, Yvonne has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. She has worked on a variety of new build and refurbishment projects from inception to completion across a range of sectors including education, science, offices, healthcare and residential. Yvonne has an excellent knowledge and understanding of BREEAM and sustainability requirements, demonstrated in her role as project architect for Scotland's first BREEAM "Outstanding" building as well as being the first BREEAM Outstanding Laboratory building in the UK. Currently, Yvonne is working on the delivery of new build housing developments for clients including the Scottish Borders Housing Association And Caledonian Housing Association.

Michael Greenhorn a Senior Architectural Technologist

Michael Greenhorn

Senior Architectural Technologist

MSc Architecture, Project Management

Michael is a Project Manager with over 22 years of experience in all areas of Architecture and Construction, from Conceptual Design through to on-site execution and Handover. He has a proven ability in technical coordination between disciplines, job running, design, contractual procedures, and an excellent broad technical knowledge.

Michael is fully conversant with industrial codes along with AutoCad, BIM and LEED. He is comfortable managing project teams throughout all phases of a Project, ensuring set Programme targets are met, Quality of Technical Data and Workmanship is upheld to meet Client expectations, and the Project is kept within Cost restraints agreed by the Client.

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Linda Odiase

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), MA, MArch, PG Dip, ARB

Linda completed her architectural studies at Westminster University and has over 4 years’ experience as an Architect. Linda has worked on both new-build and refurbished buildings and has experience in educational, residential, and mixed-use projects.

As a Project Architect Linda has experience on all stages from client meetings, liaising with the local authorities, supporting the team during the design stages and administers the coordination of a multidisciplinary team as lead consultant during tender and construction. She recently completed a BIM level 2 project.

At ECD Architects, Linda is currently working with Tower Hamlets Council developing a mixed tenure residential scheme.

Katrina Thomas

Marketing Manager

Katrina is responsible for the development and implementation of the ECD marketing communications plan, and the submission of the company bids and tenders with the support of the ECD marketing team and directors.

ECD Architects is an award-winning practice which is continuously published in trade and industry press, provides talks and training sessions at client and industry events, and actively supports the communities within which it operates. Katrina coordinates the company award submissions, organises client and staff events, promotes the company and staff charitable activities, manages the content of the company website and is the PR contact for the organisation.

Working with the teams in both offices, Katrina has a key role in supporting our one company approach, ensuring the company brand, promoting the company values and our service delivery through the continuous delivery of formal and informal communications.

Steven Hillis

Architectural Technologist

HNC, HND, ACIAT

Having joined ECD in 2003, Steven Hillis has worked on ECD projects across the sectors including housing, industrial, education, distilleries and laboratories. As an Architectural Technician, Steven is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects. He will assist in production of project drawings and documentation; attend meetings with clients, construction and design teams; implements project design and problem shooting; administers project feasibility designs, planning submissions, production information and tendering; and manages project document control and correspondence.

Steven is also team leader of ECD’s FSRA (fire safety risk assessment) team. With experience in carrying out Fire Risk Assessments in a variety of different building types such as sheltered / very sheltered housing, education (nurseries, primary & secondary), distilleries, whisky bonds, hotels, community centres, libraries, town halls, offices and hostels.

Vimbai Gwata

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), PG.Dip, MA, ARB, RIBA

Vimbai joined ECD in 2019. She holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design and has experience working across all RIBA work stages with a particular interest in project delivery. Vimbai has worked with teams delivering both new build and refurbishment projects at varying scales and has over 6 years of experience in the technical coordination and delivery of projects to BIM level 2.

Sectors she has worked in include; residential, education, historic, commercial mixed used and stadia.

Louise Claeys

Senior Architect

MArch, ARB

Louise, a qualified Architect, joined ECD Architects in 2020 as Senior Architect. Until now, she has been busy studying, living & working across Europe before settling in London where she went on to pass her Part 3 qualification at the University of Westminster.

Louise’s experience covers an extensive range of projects, varying in scale from large urban master-planning to small retrofit of an existing building. So far, she has mainly been involved on mixed-use & residential schemes. Her experience includes both refurbishment and new-build projects.

Within her role at ECD, Louise is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects including attending client, construction and design team meetings; implementing project design and problem shooting; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

Jennifer Rooney

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB,CEPHD

Jennifer, a qualified Architect, first joined ECD Architects in 2012 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. Upon graduating in 2015 from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Architecture, she went on to pass her Part 3 examinations whilst working for ECDA full time.

Jennifer’s experience covers an extensive range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects, and covers a wide range of sectors, including industrial, residential, education, commercial and leisure. Her experience includes both refurbishment and new-build projects, as well as interior design.

Within her role at ECDA, Jennifer is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects including attending client, construction and design team meetings; implementing project design and problem shooting; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

Belen Alemany

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), MS (Dist), ARB, RIBA

Belen is a registered Architect with 8 years of experience (3 years in Spain and 5 years in the UK). She completed her Masters of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and her Sustainable Building Design and Engineering MSc at University of Greenwich where she specialised in the impact of passive design measures to mitigate the effects of overheating in UK dwellings, taking into consideration today’s and future climate scenarios.

Working at ECD, Belen is Architect on new build and refurbishment projects across the sectors - residential, educational and civic buildings. She has experience designing high performance buildings, including Energiesprong and Passivhaus Standard. Currently, Belen is Project Architect on several new build affordable housing for Epping Forest Council and two new build passivhaus projects.

 

Luke Pereira

Luke Pereira

BIM Consultant

Luke has worked in the public sector for 4 years, gaining a breadth of experience in government processes. His journey led him to managing the BIM implementation process internally as well as supporting a number of London Councils and housing associations in their adoption of BIM. This role has given the ability to simplify BIM in a language which is understandable and led to success in winning Digital Construction Awards.

Luke’s experience to date has helped our clients in understanding BIM processes, procurement strategies, identifying the business benefits of implementing change. As a recognised expert in the implementation and enforcement of BIM standards and procedures, Luke is helping public sector clients across the country in creating implementation strategies, developing key core documents and is responsible for the project management of digital construction on a wide range of projects.

Claire Raftery

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons)

Claire Raftery completed her BSc in Architectural Design and Technology in 2013 at the University of the West of England. She has since gained 5 years’ experience working in a range of Sectors including Healthcare, Education and Science & Technology including Refurbishments and New Builds.

Claire has experience working in all RIBA Stages, but has had particular focus in Technical Design and Construction. Claire’s role as an Architectural Technologist includes, amongst other things; managing projects on a day-to-day level, putting together stage reports, attending construction and design meetings, dealing with on-site queries and progressing the design.

Dilveer - ECD Architects

Dilveer Kaur Hoonjan

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB

Dilveer, a qualified Architect, graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2016 with a Masters degree in Architecture and then went on to pass her Part 3 examinations in 2019. During University she investigated topics such as urban sprawl and sustainable cities, multi-storey residential design, and future-proofing domestic buildings for an ageing population.

With over 3 years of professional experience, Dilveer has gained valuable knowledge of the various project stages. Her experience covers both new build and refurbishment work across a range of sectors including residential, commercial and healthcare. She has experience of client and end-user group consultation, project and contract administration, 3D modelling and graphic work, design development and production of project information.

Dilveer has a keen interest in community engagement and humanitarian & disaster relief architecture, a passion which has driven her to volunteer on construction and design projects around the world.

Joseph McDonald

Architect

BSc(Hons), BArch, ARB

Joe McDonald is an architect who brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience to the business.

Having spent many years working for both private and public sector organisations of varying sizes, Joe has attained a wealth of experience with many types of construction and procurement. He is familiar with most sectors, including health, leisure, housing and commercial. These include both new-build and refurbishment works and include running social housing upgrade programmes. Additionally, he has overseen works to a number of historical buildings, many listed.

In recent years, he has added extensive involvement in the fields of building surveying, asset management and energy analysis to his repertoire. He is currently involved in a number of housing and public projects.

photo of Architectural Assistant Alice Hiley

Alice Hiley

Architectural Assistant

Ba(Hons), MArch

Alice completed her Master of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in 2016 after winning the Wyn Thomas prize and being nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal. Her Masters degree focused on investigating post-industrial crisis cities, master-planning and taking urban strategies to the architectural scale.

Alice has almost five years experience working directly with clients, comprising of feasibility studies through concept, detailed and technical design, tender and post construction documentation. She has recently led the team coordination of two residential projects from tender through construction, offering consultant and on-site support, whilst producing all information packages for stages 4-6.

Further to this, Alice has worked on high profile world heritage sites, working with the client to develop a brief and program strategy, and within the arts, culture and education sectors.

John Heaney

Senior Architectural Technologist

MCIAT, Dip. (Arch Tech)

Before joining ECD as a Senior Architectural Technologist in 2019, John had over 19 years’ experience working with small and large architect’s practices in Dublin and London.  Having qualified from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2000, John became a chartered member of the CIAT in 2016.

In previous practice, John provided technical support on a number of large scale residential, mixed‐use and commercial projects; as well as running a number of projects, from post‐planning to completion, for public and private sector clients in the residential & education sectors.

John has an extensive technical knowledge; and has a methodical and considered approach to detailing and information production, which is backed up by a sound understanding of Building Regulations and construction methodology.   He has experience of client liaison, gaining Planning & Building Regulation approval, design team co-ordination; as well as production information for tender & construction, and providing architectural services during the construction stage.

Currently, John is working on a number of projects in the regeneration, education and residential sectors.

Ciaran Gallen

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), MArchD

Ciaran Gallen completed his Masters of Architecture in 2018 at Oxford Brookes University. His degree included a specialisation in Urban Design, which looked to push the boundaries of urban intensification in the cities across the world. The gained knowledge of master-planning along with a passion for building narrative helped him enjoy a successful final year of study.

Ciaran is relishing the opportunity to get back into practice having previous experience in the residential and healthcare sectors. As an Architectural Assistant Ciaran hopes to work with the ECD team to broaden his understanding of project works from brief developments to construction, with an end goal of achieving his part 3 accreditation.

Ciaran is currently working with Westminster County Council for the redevelopment of an underutilised play space in Marylebone. He and the team are looking at design options that aim to regenerate the area.

 

Elliott Peters

Senior Architectural Technologist

BSc (Hons), MCIAT

Chartered Architectural Technologist

Elliott qualified as an Architectural Technologist at Nottingham Trent University in 2013. Elliott became a Chartered member of CIAT in 2016, and has gained 5 years experience in the residential, commercial / retail and care sectors both in new build and refurbishment across all stages.

As an architectural technologist, Elliott is involved in the day to day aspects of ECD projects, attending design and construction meetings, assisting project teams implements project design and problem shooting; administers project feasibility designs, planning submissions, production information and tendering.

Gabriella Seminara

Architectural Assistant

Gabriella Seminara graduated with honours in Architecture in 2014 and is a qualified Professional Architect. During her studies she attended two summer schools in Sustainability and Design abroad, which allowed her to develop a greater sensitivity towards the landscape. She learnt new techniques relating to the representation of the project, including the use of the booklet de vojage, which for her becomes a valuable tool for studying, observing and narrating the places. She obtained Autodesk certification both for the use of Revit Architecture and for rendering with 3Ds max v ray.

Niall OCleirigh

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons), RIBA

Niall is a qualified Architectural Technologist with over 10 years’ experience delivering Educational, Residential, Commercial & Leisure projects in the UK, Ireland & Japan from concept to completion.

Niall is currently pursuing further studies for his Diploma in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, having recently completed his Part 1 Certificate. His final year studies focused on re-imagining our experience around food in an effort find solutions to alleviate food poverty.

As an Architectural Technologist he is currently working to deliver Arthur Street in SE London, a large scale residential project, from stage 3 to completion.

Karolina Petruskeviciute - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Karolina Petruskeviciute

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), MArch

Karolina completed her Master degree with distinction at the Strathclyde University in 2018. Her Postgraduate Thesis related to rapid urban growth and informal settlements in Global South countries was nominated for RIBA Silver Medal Award by Strathclyde University and received commendations for the best 5th year student in Scotland as well as A&D Sustainable Design.

Karolina has over 2 years of professional experience. Over this period of time she gained valuable experience in working on educational/residential projects in varies stages, developing technical design and tender documentation. Currently Karolina is involved in Passivhaus Residential Development projects in Scotland.

In addition, Karolina is passionate about social and community design as well as sustainable and aesthetically pleasing architecture focused on people and places.

Suman Gurung

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), MArchD

Suman Gurung completed his Masters of Architecture in 2018 at Oxford Brookes University. His degree included a specialisation in International Architectural Regeneration and Development, which looked at the collective activities of reusing, adapting and evolving existing buildings within an urban or rural context.

With a strong belief for architecture and good design as instruments to improve people’s lives, informed his master’s thesis which had an in-depth look at the UK prison system and how architecture can create a positive impact.

Suman has worked on several residential projects including affordable housing for Tower Hamlets and bids for Stevenage. Most recently he has worked on several design options for an accessible lift and pedestrian footbridge for sheltered housing. As an Architectural Assistant, Suman hopes to further expand his knowledge of all things design and construction, aiming to achieve his part 3 accreditation as his main goal.

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Federica Ranalli

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons)

Federica Ranalli completed her BArch (Hons) in 2019 at London Metropolitan University. Her main focuses are related to sustainability and finding functional solutions by working with existing buildings. During her studies, she undertook a studio related to “Architecture of rapid change and scarce resources” which led her to attend the course of ‘Building from local materials’ at Centre of Alternative technology in 2018 and to work as a field researcher in Athens, under a critical environment.

Federica has just begun her first year out with ECD team, in order to gain more knowledge in her interests, to obtain the full understanding of architectural projects and to apprehend people’s lives improvement with simple and efficient design.

Jesus Bejarano

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB

Jesus joined ECD Architects in 2019. He is a qualified Architect graduate from the University of Seville. In addition, after qualifying gained a Master in Cultural Heritage which explored the knowledge in the field of management, conservation and restoration in historical architecture.

His experience includes a wide range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects. Jesus has also been involved in BIM protocols and is motivated to continue applying new technologies to projects within his role at ECD Architects.

Jessica Scott - Architectural Apprentice

Jessica Scott

Architectural Assistant Apprentice

Jess is an architectural apprentice, currently progressing through her Part 1 training at London South Bank University (LSBU). Prior to joining ECD, Jess studied for a doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, investigating themes of human flourishing. She became interested in architecture through her involvement in local urban rejuvenation projects, and, as a result, has a particular concern for community-led design and development.

The LSBU undergraduate and postgraduate apprenticeship programme is intended to provide the three stages of education and training, which when successfully completed, will satisfy the Architects Registration Board requirements for registration as an architect in the UK. The course is 4 years part-time. Apprentices attend university one day per week for the 15-week first semester, and one day per week for the 15-week second semester.

James Traynor

Managing Director

BA(Hons), BArch(Dist), MSc, ARB, RIBA, CEPHD

Certified Passive House Designer

James is Managing Director of ECD Architects and is a Certified Passivhaus Designer with over 15 years’ experience in low-energy design. James obtained an MSc in Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology and is a graduate of the University of Liverpool school of Architecture. He has a particular interest in Post-Occupancy Evaluation as a means of improving building handover issues and addressing the gap between predicted and actual performance.

In recent years James has been involved in a number of pioneering projects which address the future of building refurbishment in the UK. He has created partnerships between industry and academia to improve wider learning. See: www.rockwool.co.uk/ and is passionately committed to creating attractive, affordable and sustainable environments that meet the long term needs of the building user.

Ian Sarchett

Director

 BSc MRICS

As Director, Ian’s role is to champion all building consultancy teams in the successful delivery of projects to meet quality targets, both within programme and financial budgets and to ensure the delivery of Best Value to clients.  Ian ensures that all team members are performing efficiently, that lines of communication are well established and operationally effective.  His role integrates all disciplines, team members and works in adhering to targeted high quality standards and surpassing client’s expectations.

Alistair Cameron

Director

BSc(Hons), MSc, ARB, RIBA, RIAS

Alistair is a chartered architect with over 18 years experience. As a Director in the Glasgow office, Alistair is responsible for a number of key client accounts as well as daily management of the Glasgow team.

Alistair has a wide variety of experience, with a focus on the higher education, housing, masterplanning and interior design sectors. Alistair is currently working on delivery of the £6.5m programme of new build housing for Scottish Borders Housing Association, along with a £4m extension to the Advanced Forming Research Centre for the University of Strathclyde.

Daniel Jenkins

Director

BA(Hons), DipArch, CPPA, ARB, RIBA

Dan is a fully qualified architect with over 20 years experience in the construction industry, having focused on community social buildings and spaces throughout his training. As an Director at ECD Architects, Dan is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of specific ECD project teams and manages design projects from inception through to practical completion.

Dan has worked on a variety of project types and is currently overseeing teams working on school expansion programmes in and around London and the South East. He is also involved in a number sustainable carbon reduction retrofit schemes working with the teams to deliver projects ranging from individual private dwellings to whole tower block renovations to achieve the EnerPHit standard.

Derrick Hadeed

Director

Dip Arch (Hons), BA (Hons), ARB, RIBA

Derrick is an Architect and Director at ECD and joined the practice in 2015 after successfully building a reputation with internationally renowned award winning Architects and construction professionals for delivering high quality architecture. Derrick’s approach is proactive, creative and always project focused. Derrick’s specialties are in Conceptual Design, Architectural detailing and Building Contract Management. Derrick has the ability to lead teams, run building contracts and win architectural competitions, and has delivered this throughout his career with drive and enthusiasm.

Loreana Padron

Associate Director/Head of Sustainability

BArch(Dist), DipArch(Dist), MA(Hons), ARB, RIBA, CEPHD

Certified Passive House Designer
Autodesk Revit Certified Accredited Professional

Loreana qualified as an Architect (ARB, RIBA) at the Architectural Association and the Central University of Venezuela, she has a Master’s degree in Sustainable Architecture and more than eleven years of professional experience in all stages of the design process; mainly in the residential, commercial and education sectors, both for new build and refurbishment projects.

As an Associate Director at ECD Architects, Loreana works directly with clients in order to prepare feasibilities and options appraisals, concept and detailed design, planning applications and tender documentation. She has extensive experience administrating projects and coordinating teams to produce drawing packages for all stages of the design process. She encourages clients, fellow consultants and colleagues to implement collaborative BIM workflows across all design and construction projects.

As Head of Sustainability, Loreana makes sure that all projects go through a detailed Sustainability Review at every RIBA stage to ensure that these aspects are covered at the right time of the design process and ring-fenced wherever possible, providing value to the project and the client. Loreana is a Certified Passivhaus Designer (CEPHD) and has specialised in the refurbishment of tower blocks; in order to achieve a very low energy demand and to provide comfortable and healthy environments for the residents, as well as reduced energy bills.

Patrick King

Associate Director/Head of BIM Technologies

BSc(Hons) in BIM Management

Patrick is a qualified Architectural Technologist with 10 years of experience within the construction industry as well as a BIM Manager completing an MSc at Middlesex University in BIM Management. His experience in the construction industry has involved a variety of projects, from small residential refurbishments to large new build educational and sports stadium projects developments.

Patrick has a detailed understanding of BIM processes and Revit Architecture and an expertise in the implementation and enforcement of BIM standards, as well as experience in the implementation of AEC BIM Standards, PAS 1192-2 and project execution plans. As BIM manager Patrick implements the processes and procedures of BIM modelling, information management and Data exchange on projects. He is responsible for: creating the Project Information Plan and Asset Information Requirements: managing the preparation of Project Outputs (e.g. data drops) and the implementation of the BIM Protocol; and updating the Model Production and Delivery Table.

David Gallacher

Associate Director

Bsc(Hons), PGDip Urban Design, ARB, RIBA, RIAS

David is a fully qualified chartered architect with over 13 years experience. Working from the Glasgow office, David is the senior project architect and lead consultant with a number of ECD key clients.

David’s experience covers a varied level of sectors, including housing, industrial, education, distilleries and laboratories. David is currently working on the design of a state of the art Robotarium laboratory for Heriot Watt University, two affordable housing developments in Fife, and several ongoing projects with Morrison Bowmore Distillers, whom ECD have enjoyed a working relationship with for over ten years.

Lizzy Westmacott

Associate Director

BArch, MArch,PostDip, ARB, CEPHD

Lizzy is a qualified Architect and certified Passive House Designer with 15 years’ experience of design and getting projects delivered on site. She has experience of new build and refurbishment projects and of working on constrained sites as well as expertise in the design of low-energy buildings.  She has also helped to build a small timber-framed house. This range of experience has made her a confident and pragmatic lead designer with excellent skills in communicating with and managing design teams. Having worked on two BIM level 2 projects Lizzy is familiar with BIM processes and the advantages this can bring to a project.

 

Gary Alston

Associate Director

Gary returned to ECD Architects in 2019 as an Associate Director, working directly with clients and leading project teams. He has gained a wealth of experience working across the various sectors of residential, retail, education and commercial.

Gary was responsible for the development of the information required for both our Lovell Road and the Ealing Road development projects. As such Gary has extensive capabilities and knowledge with regards to Planning, Building Regulations, NBS specifications, Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes, BREEAM, contract administration, site supervision, and working within BIM environment. He continues to broaden his knowledge in the field of architecture and sustainable design through his current master’s studies.

Joan Gil Ferret

BIM Coordinator

Joan Ignasi comes from an Architectural Technologist background in Barcelona, with more than 10 years’ experience and 3 years working in BIM Coordination and management positions.

He has a vast knowledge in Revit and is an expert in Dynamo, constantly writing scripts to improve team’s productivity and has a sound understanding of the BS & PAS 1192 standards.

Joan Ignasi is responsible for ensuring the BIM Execution Plan is being followed; the Employer Information Requirements and Asset Information Requirements are delivered. He also responsible for the office’s content creation; assists in company’s BIM implementation, providing methods, procedures and workflows to fulfil the standards.

Joan Ignasi is an enthusiast of these new technologies as the way to improve traditional ways of working.

Viv Sterling Adams

Office Manager

Simon Chadwick

Senior Architectural Technologist/Head of Technical

MCIAT

Simon Chadwick is a Senior Architectural Technologist with over 40 years experience in the construction industry. During that time he has worked for practices large, medium and small and has built up an extensive knowledge of building construction and detailing in the residential, commercial, retail, educational and leisure sectors. He is equally experienced in preparing and submitting planning, tender and construction drawings as well as NBS specifications, liaising with clients, local authorities, contractors and other consultants.

Yvonne Roddie

Senior Architect & Interior Designer

BSc(Hons), Pg Dip, ARB, Adv Dip Spatial Design

Qualified as both an architect and interior designer, Yvonne has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. She has worked on a variety of new build and refurbishment projects from inception to completion across a range of sectors including education, science, offices, healthcare and residential. Yvonne has an excellent knowledge and understanding of BREEAM and sustainability requirements, demonstrated in her role as project architect for Scotland's first BREEAM "Outstanding" building as well as being the first BREEAM Outstanding Laboratory building in the UK. Currently, Yvonne is working on the delivery of new build housing developments for clients including the Scottish Borders Housing Association And Caledonian Housing Association.

Michael Greenhorn a Senior Architectural Technologist

Michael Greenhorn

Senior Architectural Technologist

MSc Architecture, Project Management

Michael is a Project Manager with over 22 years of experience in all areas of Architecture and Construction, from Conceptual Design through to on-site execution and Handover. He has a proven ability in technical coordination between disciplines, job running, design, contractual procedures, and an excellent broad technical knowledge.

Michael is fully conversant with industrial codes along with AutoCad, BIM and LEED. He is comfortable managing project teams throughout all phases of a Project, ensuring set Programme targets are met, Quality of Technical Data and Workmanship is upheld to meet Client expectations, and the Project is kept within Cost restraints agreed by the Client.

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Linda Odiase

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), MA, MArch, PG Dip, ARB

Linda completed her architectural studies at Westminster University and has over 4 years’ experience as an Architect. Linda has worked on both new-build and refurbished buildings and has experience in educational, residential, and mixed-use projects.

As a Project Architect Linda has experience on all stages from client meetings, liaising with the local authorities, supporting the team during the design stages and administers the coordination of a multidisciplinary team as lead consultant during tender and construction. She recently completed a BIM level 2 project.

At ECD Architects, Linda is currently working with Tower Hamlets Council developing a mixed tenure residential scheme.

Katrina Thomas

Marketing Manager

Katrina is responsible for the development and implementation of the ECD marketing communications plan, and the submission of the company bids and tenders with the support of the ECD marketing team and directors.

ECD Architects is an award-winning practice which is continuously published in trade and industry press, provides talks and training sessions at client and industry events, and actively supports the communities within which it operates. Katrina coordinates the company award submissions, organises client and staff events, promotes the company and staff charitable activities, manages the content of the company website and is the PR contact for the organisation.

Working with the teams in both offices, Katrina has a key role in supporting our one company approach, ensuring the company brand, promoting the company values and our service delivery through the continuous delivery of formal and informal communications.

Steven Hillis

Architectural Technologist

HNC, HND, ACIAT

Having joined ECD in 2003, Steven Hillis has worked on ECD projects across the sectors including housing, industrial, education, distilleries and laboratories. As an Architectural Technician, Steven is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects. He will assist in production of project drawings and documentation; attend meetings with clients, construction and design teams; implements project design and problem shooting; administers project feasibility designs, planning submissions, production information and tendering; and manages project document control and correspondence.

Steven is also team leader of ECD’s FSRA (fire safety risk assessment) team. With experience in carrying out Fire Risk Assessments in a variety of different building types such as sheltered / very sheltered housing, education (nurseries, primary & secondary), distilleries, whisky bonds, hotels, community centres, libraries, town halls, offices and hostels.

Vimbai Gwata

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), PG.Dip, MA, ARB, RIBA

Vimbai joined ECD in 2019. She holds a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design and has experience working across all RIBA work stages with a particular interest in project delivery. Vimbai has worked with teams delivering both new build and refurbishment projects at varying scales and has over 6 years of experience in the technical coordination and delivery of projects to BIM level 2.

Sectors she has worked in include; residential, education, historic, commercial mixed used and stadia.

Louise Claeys

Senior Architect

MArch, ARB

Louise, a qualified Architect, joined ECD Architects in 2020 as Senior Architect. Until now, she has been busy studying, living & working across Europe before settling in London where she went on to pass her Part 3 qualification at the University of Westminster.

Louise’s experience covers an extensive range of projects, varying in scale from large urban master-planning to small retrofit of an existing building. So far, she has mainly been involved on mixed-use & residential schemes. Her experience includes both refurbishment and new-build projects.

Within her role at ECD, Louise is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects including attending client, construction and design team meetings; implementing project design and problem shooting; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

Jennifer Rooney

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB,CEPHD

Jennifer, a qualified Architect, first joined ECD Architects in 2012 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. Upon graduating in 2015 from the University of Strathclyde with a Masters in Architecture, she went on to pass her Part 3 examinations whilst working for ECDA full time.

Jennifer’s experience covers an extensive range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects, and covers a wide range of sectors, including industrial, residential, education, commercial and leisure. Her experience includes both refurbishment and new-build projects, as well as interior design.

Within her role at ECDA, Jennifer is involved in the day-to-day aspects of ECD projects including attending client, construction and design team meetings; implementing project design and problem shooting; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

Belen Alemany

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), MS (Dist), ARB, RIBA

Belen is a registered Architect with 8 years of experience (3 years in Spain and 5 years in the UK). She completed her Masters of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and her Sustainable Building Design and Engineering MSc at University of Greenwich where she specialised in the impact of passive design measures to mitigate the effects of overheating in UK dwellings, taking into consideration today’s and future climate scenarios.

Working at ECD, Belen is Architect on new build and refurbishment projects across the sectors - residential, educational and civic buildings. She has experience designing high performance buildings, including Energiesprong and Passivhaus Standard. Currently, Belen is Project Architect on several new build affordable housing for Epping Forest Council and two new build passivhaus projects.

 

Luke Pereira

Luke Pereira

BIM Consultant

Luke has worked in the public sector for 4 years, gaining a breadth of experience in government processes. His journey led him to managing the BIM implementation process internally as well as supporting a number of London Councils and housing associations in their adoption of BIM. This role has given the ability to simplify BIM in a language which is understandable and led to success in winning Digital Construction Awards.

Luke’s experience to date has helped our clients in understanding BIM processes, procurement strategies, identifying the business benefits of implementing change. As a recognised expert in the implementation and enforcement of BIM standards and procedures, Luke is helping public sector clients across the country in creating implementation strategies, developing key core documents and is responsible for the project management of digital construction on a wide range of projects.

Claire Raftery

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons)

Claire Raftery completed her BSc in Architectural Design and Technology in 2013 at the University of the West of England. She has since gained 5 years’ experience working in a range of Sectors including Healthcare, Education and Science & Technology including Refurbishments and New Builds.

Claire has experience working in all RIBA Stages, but has had particular focus in Technical Design and Construction. Claire’s role as an Architectural Technologist includes, amongst other things; managing projects on a day-to-day level, putting together stage reports, attending construction and design meetings, dealing with on-site queries and progressing the design.

Dilveer - ECD Architects

Dilveer Kaur Hoonjan

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB

Dilveer, a qualified Architect, graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 2016 with a Masters degree in Architecture and then went on to pass her Part 3 examinations in 2019. During University she investigated topics such as urban sprawl and sustainable cities, multi-storey residential design, and future-proofing domestic buildings for an ageing population.

With over 3 years of professional experience, Dilveer has gained valuable knowledge of the various project stages. Her experience covers both new build and refurbishment work across a range of sectors including residential, commercial and healthcare. She has experience of client and end-user group consultation, project and contract administration, 3D modelling and graphic work, design development and production of project information.

Dilveer has a keen interest in community engagement and humanitarian & disaster relief architecture, a passion which has driven her to volunteer on construction and design projects around the world.

Joseph McDonald

Architect

BSc(Hons), BArch, ARB

Joe McDonald is an architect who brings over 30 years of knowledge and experience to the business.

Having spent many years working for both private and public sector organisations of varying sizes, Joe has attained a wealth of experience with many types of construction and procurement. He is familiar with most sectors, including health, leisure, housing and commercial. These include both new-build and refurbishment works and include running social housing upgrade programmes. Additionally, he has overseen works to a number of historical buildings, many listed.

In recent years, he has added extensive involvement in the fields of building surveying, asset management and energy analysis to his repertoire. He is currently involved in a number of housing and public projects.

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Alice Hiley

Architectural Assistant

Ba(Hons), MArch

Alice completed her Master of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in 2016 after winning the Wyn Thomas prize and being nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal. Her Masters degree focused on investigating post-industrial crisis cities, master-planning and taking urban strategies to the architectural scale.

Alice has almost five years experience working directly with clients, comprising of feasibility studies through concept, detailed and technical design, tender and post construction documentation. She has recently led the team coordination of two residential projects from tender through construction, offering consultant and on-site support, whilst producing all information packages for stages 4-6.

Further to this, Alice has worked on high profile world heritage sites, working with the client to develop a brief and program strategy, and within the arts, culture and education sectors.

John Heaney

Senior Architectural Technologist

MCIAT, Dip. (Arch Tech)

Before joining ECD as a Senior Architectural Technologist in 2019, John had over 19 years’ experience working with small and large architect’s practices in Dublin and London.  Having qualified from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in 2000, John became a chartered member of the CIAT in 2016.

In previous practice, John provided technical support on a number of large scale residential, mixed‐use and commercial projects; as well as running a number of projects, from post‐planning to completion, for public and private sector clients in the residential & education sectors.

John has an extensive technical knowledge; and has a methodical and considered approach to detailing and information production, which is backed up by a sound understanding of Building Regulations and construction methodology.   He has experience of client liaison, gaining Planning & Building Regulation approval, design team co-ordination; as well as production information for tender & construction, and providing architectural services during the construction stage.

Currently, John is working on a number of projects in the regeneration, education and residential sectors.

Ciaran Gallen

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), MArchD

Ciaran Gallen completed his Masters of Architecture in 2018 at Oxford Brookes University. His degree included a specialisation in Urban Design, which looked to push the boundaries of urban intensification in the cities across the world. The gained knowledge of master-planning along with a passion for building narrative helped him enjoy a successful final year of study.

Ciaran is relishing the opportunity to get back into practice having previous experience in the residential and healthcare sectors. As an Architectural Assistant Ciaran hopes to work with the ECD team to broaden his understanding of project works from brief developments to construction, with an end goal of achieving his part 3 accreditation.

Ciaran is currently working with Westminster County Council for the redevelopment of an underutilised play space in Marylebone. He and the team are looking at design options that aim to regenerate the area.

 

Elliott Peters

Senior Architectural Technologist

BSc (Hons), MCIAT

Chartered Architectural Technologist

Elliott qualified as an Architectural Technologist at Nottingham Trent University in 2013. Elliott became a Chartered member of CIAT in 2016, and has gained 5 years experience in the residential, commercial / retail and care sectors both in new build and refurbishment across all stages.

As an architectural technologist, Elliott is involved in the day to day aspects of ECD projects, attending design and construction meetings, assisting project teams implements project design and problem shooting; administers project feasibility designs, planning submissions, production information and tendering.

Gabriella Seminara

Architectural Assistant

Gabriella Seminara graduated with honours in Architecture in 2014 and is a qualified Professional Architect. During her studies she attended two summer schools in Sustainability and Design abroad, which allowed her to develop a greater sensitivity towards the landscape. She learnt new techniques relating to the representation of the project, including the use of the booklet de vojage, which for her becomes a valuable tool for studying, observing and narrating the places. She obtained Autodesk certification both for the use of Revit Architecture and for rendering with 3Ds max v ray.

Niall OCleirigh

Architectural Technologist

BSc(Hons), RIBA

Niall is a qualified Architectural Technologist with over 10 years’ experience delivering Educational, Residential, Commercial & Leisure projects in the UK, Ireland & Japan from concept to completion.

Niall is currently pursuing further studies for his Diploma in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, having recently completed his Part 1 Certificate. His final year studies focused on re-imagining our experience around food in an effort find solutions to alleviate food poverty.

As an Architectural Technologist he is currently working to deliver Arthur Street in SE London, a large scale residential project, from stage 3 to completion.

Karolina Petruskeviciute - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Karolina Petruskeviciute

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), MArch

Karolina completed her Master degree with distinction at the Strathclyde University in 2018. Her Postgraduate Thesis related to rapid urban growth and informal settlements in Global South countries was nominated for RIBA Silver Medal Award by Strathclyde University and received commendations for the best 5th year student in Scotland as well as A&D Sustainable Design.

Karolina has over 2 years of professional experience. Over this period of time she gained valuable experience in working on educational/residential projects in varies stages, developing technical design and tender documentation. Currently Karolina is involved in Passivhaus Residential Development projects in Scotland.

In addition, Karolina is passionate about social and community design as well as sustainable and aesthetically pleasing architecture focused on people and places.

Suman Gurung

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), MArchD

Suman Gurung completed his Masters of Architecture in 2018 at Oxford Brookes University. His degree included a specialisation in International Architectural Regeneration and Development, which looked at the collective activities of reusing, adapting and evolving existing buildings within an urban or rural context.

With a strong belief for architecture and good design as instruments to improve people’s lives, informed his master’s thesis which had an in-depth look at the UK prison system and how architecture can create a positive impact.

Suman has worked on several residential projects including affordable housing for Tower Hamlets and bids for Stevenage. Most recently he has worked on several design options for an accessible lift and pedestrian footbridge for sheltered housing. As an Architectural Assistant, Suman hopes to further expand his knowledge of all things design and construction, aiming to achieve his part 3 accreditation as his main goal.

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Federica Ranalli

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons)

Federica Ranalli completed her BArch (Hons) in 2019 at London Metropolitan University. Her main focuses are related to sustainability and finding functional solutions by working with existing buildings. During her studies, she undertook a studio related to “Architecture of rapid change and scarce resources” which led her to attend the course of ‘Building from local materials’ at Centre of Alternative technology in 2018 and to work as a field researcher in Athens, under a critical environment.

Federica has just begun her first year out with ECD team, in order to gain more knowledge in her interests, to obtain the full understanding of architectural projects and to apprehend people’s lives improvement with simple and efficient design.

Jesus Bejarano

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB

Jesus joined ECD Architects in 2019. He is a qualified Architect graduate from the University of Seville. In addition, after qualifying gained a Master in Cultural Heritage which explored the knowledge in the field of management, conservation and restoration in historical architecture.

His experience includes a wide range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects. Jesus has also been involved in BIM protocols and is motivated to continue applying new technologies to projects within his role at ECD Architects.

Jessica Scott - Architectural Apprentice

Jessica Scott

Architectural Assistant Apprentice

Jess is an architectural apprentice, currently progressing through her Part 1 training at London South Bank University (LSBU). Prior to joining ECD, Jess studied for a doctorate in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge, investigating themes of human flourishing. She became interested in architecture through her involvement in local urban rejuvenation projects, and, as a result, has a particular concern for community-led design and development.

The LSBU undergraduate and postgraduate apprenticeship programme is intended to provide the three stages of education and training, which when successfully completed, will satisfy the Architects Registration Board requirements for registration as an architect in the UK. The course is 4 years part-time. Apprentices attend university one day per week for the 15-week first semester, and one day per week for the 15-week second semester.