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James Traynor

Managing Director

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

James is Managing Director of ECD Architects and is a 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.

Patrick King

Director/Head of BIM Technologies

BSc(Hons) in BIM Management

Patrick is an 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.

Loreana Padron

Associate Director/Head of Sustainability

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

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.

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

Throughout Gary’s 8 years of experience working within architectural practice he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working across a range of sectors including; residential, retail, commercial and educational with an emphasis on the synergy between both concept and technical design, focussing on ensuring high quality schemes, with the highest sustainable credentials within both the projects’ and clients’ constraints.

Upon returning to ECD Architects in early 2019 as an Associate Director, Gary has been responsible for a number of schemes, implementing Passivhaus within both residential and educational projects, as well as large net zero retrofit projects.

Yvonne Roddie - Associate at ECD

Yvonne Roddie

Associate

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.

Elliott Peters

Associate

BSc (Hons), MCIAT

Elliott qualified as an Architectural Technologist at Nottingham Trent University in 2013, becoming a Chartered member of CIAT in 2016 and has continued to be involved with the Greater London Regional Committee. Elliott has 8 years’ experience in the residential, commercial / retail and care sectors both in new build and refurbishment across all stages.

At ECD, Elliott is involved in the day to day aspects of ECD projects, and has been part of several projects from concept to completion. He continues to lead on the delivery of a number of residential and mixed use schemes, including Tops Club, Shuttleworth Road and Grahame Park developments.

Claire Raftery

Associate

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.

Joan Gil Ferret

BIM Manager

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.

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Linda Odiase

Senior Architect

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

Linda completed her architectural studies at Westminster University in 2015, and has over 11 years’ architectural experience. Linda has worked on both new-build and refurbished buildings and has experience in educational, residential, and mixed-use projects in BIM level 2.

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.

At ECD Architects, Linda is currently working on a number regeneration and residential projects with EnerPHit and Passivhaus Standard in BIM level 2.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Watt - Senior Architectural Technologist with over 25 years of experience at ECD Architects

Mark Watt

Senior Architectural Technologist

BSc in Architectural Studies

Mark has over 25 years of architectural experience on a wide variety of building types, most recently the development of high quality residential & mixed-use schemes. He particularly enjoys the coordination aspect of projects, working alongside clients and consultants to provide an excellent design service. Mark likes to continually improve his education, particularly in low energy design, and is interested in industry innovation, new sustainability concepts and technologies. He enjoys mentoring younger members of staff, taking part in peer reviews and developing office wide CPD programmes. As well as leading teams and overseeing the development of designs, Mark has also gained recent experience in BIM Management and clash detection to assist the design process.

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.

Jennifer Rooney

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB, CEPHD

Jennifer is a qualified Architect and Passivhaus Designer with 6 years of experience working with the ECD teams on new build, refurbishment and remodelling projects. Jennifer 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 ECD 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 ECD, 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 solving; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

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.

Ciaran Gallen

Architect

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.

 

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.

Marina Iordanidou

Marina Iordanidou

Architect

MArch, Diploma of Architect Engineer

Marina completed her Diploma in Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a Master of Architecture in the subject of computational design from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She has experience as an Architectural Assistant and freelance Architect, having been involved in various types of projects, from refurbishment, residential and interior design to international architectural competitions.

At ECD, Marina has been involved in various projects in the education, industrial and housing sectors, as well as distilleries. As an Architect, she attends meetings with clients, carries out site surveys, supports the team in and administers project feasibility designs, development of design proposals, 3D modelling, graphic work, production information and tendering.

Jamie Ho

Architect

PG Diploma, MArch, ARB, RIBA

Jamie, a qualified Architect, completed his Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Westminster to achieve his Part 3 accreditation. His Masters in Architecture degree focussed on Architecture through the medium of Film and Animation.

He has since continued to develop and apply these skills during his time within professional practice both in Architectural projects and in graphical representation, marketing and practice management ideas.

Jamie has worked on a wide-range of projects and sectors, including small scale residentials to high-rise developments over 18m, numerous Masterplan bids and commercial projects.

Baljit Panesar is a qualified Architect with 5 years of experience on projects in the mixed-use, international, cultural/civic, education and housing sectors.

Baljit Panesar

Architect

BA(Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB, RIBA

Baljit Panesar is a qualified Architect with 5 years of experience on projects in the mixed-use, international, cultural/civic, education and housing sectors. The projects have varied in scale and RIBA work stages.

Prior to joining ECD, Baljit became a main contractor to deliver a bespoke large dwelling in the South East of England. The role included day to day running of the site, site management, contract management, project management and everything else in between. The hands-on experience of this project allowed her to gain a real in-depth understanding of the technical delivery on site of the building itself and practical/logistical challenges of procurement of both materials and skills.

Ane Goitia Rivero, ARB Architect, ECD Architects

Ane Goitia Rivero

Architect

BSc, MArch, ARB

Ane is a qualified Architect and graduate from the University of Basque Country. With over 5 years professional experience in London and Spain Ane has worked on both new-build and refurbishment buildings. Her experience includes a wide range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects. These projects have varied in RIBA work stages giving Ane the opportunity to gain experience from client meetings, liaising with local authorities, supporting the team during the design stages and taking part of the coordination of a multidisciplinary team during tender and construction.

Ane has also been involved in sustainability designs and the Internet of Things (IoT) implementation at European retrofit competitions.

Manuel Filippi Farmar - Architect at ECD Architects

Manuel Filippi Farmar

Architect

BSc, MArch, ARB

Manuel studied Architecture at university level in Venice, Italy, and in Valencia, Spain. He specialised in construction techniques and he subsequently widen his skill set in project management and BIM processes. Manuel has 10 years of professional experience in all stages of the design process; mainly in residential, affordable and private sell and mixed-use sectors. As an Architect, Manuel works directly with clients in order to prepare feasibility studies and options appraisals, concept and detailed design, planning applications and tender documentation. He has been running projects in London for three years, including many new-build residential and mixed-use schemes in central London with an affordable component. Manuel has a keen interest in sustainability, evidence-based design and on how buildings can improve the health and well-being of their occupants.

 

Lewis Bailie - Architect at ECD Architects

Lewis Bailie

Architect

DipArch, BSc, ARB

Lewis is a qualified Architect with 10 years’ experience of design and construction. He has experience of both residential and educational projects, is fully conversant with Revit and has significant experience of all work stages from initial concept design through to detail design on site. He has worked in a number of practices from 2 person to large scale and has also spent time on the Contractor side. He is interested in the process of taking an initial conceptual idea through to a completed building and all the challenges that this entails.

photo of Architectural Assistant Alice Hiley

Alice Hiley

Architect

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.

Gabriella Seminara

Architect

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.

Laura Teixeira - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Laura Teixeira

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons), MArch

Laura holds a Master’s degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and has completed her initial studies between the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto in Brazil, where she is a licensed architect, and at the Illinois Institute of technology in Chicago. She has gained experience in residential, hospitality, mixed-use and retail sectors collaborating in projects based in the UK, Japan, Italy, Brazil and the United States.

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.

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.

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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.

Tudor Cristescu - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Tudor Cristescu

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) Architecture, MArch

Tudor Cristescu completed his MArch in 2020 at London Southbank University. His main focuses relate to the integration of sustainability in the curriculum of society, as well as the design of environmentally sensitive architecture in the city and landscape. During his studies, he focused on the use of innovative technology to combat modern environmental issues, the philosophy of autonomous buildings, regeneration and repurposing of high-value existing buildings, as well as participating in small-scale timber design&build projects in countries like Norway, Finland and Estonia. During his year-out he worked on large scale residential and commercial projects in London and Gloucester. Tudor has joined ECD and is part of the team that manages the Park East residential development.

 

Marta Borgo Architectural Assistant

Marta Borgo

Architectural Assistant

After completing her Master’s Degree at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and Escuela Técnica Superior de Málaga in Spain, Marta moved to the UK to gain experience in the construction industry. Marta specialised in the residential sector and she has been involved in a wide range of projects, including one-off house refurbishment, new-built large-scale housing development and mixed-use schemes. With nearly 4 years of professional experience in the UK, Marta has worked on feasibility studies, concept and detailed design stages.

Marta has a strong interest in sustainable architecture which she developed at university where as part of her studies she designed low-impact environmental solutions and simulated building energy performance. To expand her knowledge of BIM methodology and current international regulations and guidelines, Marta is currently undertaking a course in BIM & Digital Built Environments at the University of Salford.

Jessica Scott - Architectural Apprentice

Jessica Scott

Architectural Assistant

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.

Aurora Vega

Architectural Assistant

Aurora completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Granada in Spain. Since then, she has gained experience in different sectors, from small scale housing projects back in Spain, to large scale aviation projects in the UK. As an Architectural Assistant, she supports the team in the development of design proposals and the production of graphic work, BIM modelling and reports.

Aurora has always been interested in Sustainable Architecture techniques and is currently undertaking an Autodesk Masters on BIM Revit.

Laura Boffardi is an Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Laura Boffardi

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons), March

Laura completed her Master degree at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and is a qualified architect in Italy since 2009. In 2011 she won an international placement bursary to collaborate with Claudio Silvestrin office in London and since then she has gained experience in UK with different practices working at all RIBA stages on a variety of projects, from residential to commercial and healthcare.

In parallel to her main work, she has been volunteering with Architects Without Borders on several projects worldwide. Following these experiences, she started to research how architecture can contribute to the UN SDG30, delving into studies with the Passivhaus Institute and the TU Delft on Sustainable Urban Development.

Chloe Yuill

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), DipArch

Chloe is an enthusiastic architecture graduate from the Glasgow School of Art. Having attended both the Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Summer School and the Hague’s Global Trends and Sustainable Cities Summer School, she has developed a profound interest in the design of communities, projects and materials which enhance the quality of life and the environment.

In 2019, she co-exhibited at the Oslo Architecture Triennale with PlantPower! The project investigates the potential for collection and reuse of compost heat as a nature based solution to generate heat as a source of renewable energy. Chloe has gained experience working on a variety of scales in residential design, community led designs and commercial work.

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.

Niall O’Cleirigh

Architectural Technologist

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 Park East in SE London, a large scale residential project, from stage 3 to completion.

Brendan Murphy - Architectural Technologist at ECD Architects

Brendan Murphy

Architectural Technologist

BSc

Brendan qualified as an Architectural Technologist in 2016 from Cork Institute of Technology. His final year project concentrated on the retrofitting of an 1970’s building with the attempt to meet Passivehaus standards.

Since qualifying Brendan has gained a great amount of experience working on a variety of commercial projects varying in size from small to large scale across Cork and London. While working on these projects Brendan was able to gain great knowledge on the preserving and retrofitting of existing buildings as well as working to LEED Gold Standard Office Blocks while meeting specific BIM Standards.

Nathan White - CAD Technician in our Glasgow office

Nathan White

CAD Technician

Nathan is an Architectural Technician supporting the teams through with the production of drawings for planning applications.

Nathan completed his HNC and HND Computer Aided Architectural Design & Technology at New College Lanarkshire. He has achieved the development award for BIM Principles and is an Autodesk Certified AutoCAD User.

Viv Sterling Adams

Office Manager

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.

James Traynor

Managing Director

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

James is Managing Director of ECD Architects and is a 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.

Patrick King

Director/Head of BIM Technologies

BSc(Hons) in BIM Management

Patrick is an 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.

Loreana Padron

Associate Director/Head of Sustainability

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

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.

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

Throughout Gary’s 8 years of experience working within architectural practice he has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge working across a range of sectors including; residential, retail, commercial and educational with an emphasis on the synergy between both concept and technical design, focussing on ensuring high quality schemes, with the highest sustainable credentials within both the projects’ and clients’ constraints.

Upon returning to ECD Architects in early 2019 as an Associate Director, Gary has been responsible for a number of schemes, implementing Passivhaus within both residential and educational projects, as well as large net zero retrofit projects.

Yvonne Roddie - Associate at ECD

Yvonne Roddie

Associate

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.

Elliott Peters

Associate

BSc (Hons), MCIAT

Elliott qualified as an Architectural Technologist at Nottingham Trent University in 2013, becoming a Chartered member of CIAT in 2016 and has continued to be involved with the Greater London Regional Committee. Elliott has 8 years’ experience in the residential, commercial / retail and care sectors both in new build and refurbishment across all stages.

At ECD, Elliott is involved in the day to day aspects of ECD projects, and has been part of several projects from concept to completion. He continues to lead on the delivery of a number of residential and mixed use schemes, including Tops Club, Shuttleworth Road and Grahame Park developments.

Claire Raftery

Associate

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.

Joan Gil Ferret

BIM Manager

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.

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Linda Odiase

Senior Architect

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

Linda completed her architectural studies at Westminster University in 2015, and has over 11 years’ architectural experience. Linda has worked on both new-build and refurbished buildings and has experience in educational, residential, and mixed-use projects in BIM level 2.

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.

At ECD Architects, Linda is currently working on a number regeneration and residential projects with EnerPHit and Passivhaus Standard in BIM level 2.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mark Watt - Senior Architectural Technologist with over 25 years of experience at ECD Architects

Mark Watt

Senior Architectural Technologist

BSc in Architectural Studies

Mark has over 25 years of architectural experience on a wide variety of building types, most recently the development of high quality residential & mixed-use schemes. He particularly enjoys the coordination aspect of projects, working alongside clients and consultants to provide an excellent design service. Mark likes to continually improve his education, particularly in low energy design, and is interested in industry innovation, new sustainability concepts and technologies. He enjoys mentoring younger members of staff, taking part in peer reviews and developing office wide CPD programmes. As well as leading teams and overseeing the development of designs, Mark has also gained recent experience in BIM Management and clash detection to assist the design process.

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.

Jennifer Rooney

Architect

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB, CEPHD

Jennifer is a qualified Architect and Passivhaus Designer with 6 years of experience working with the ECD teams on new build, refurbishment and remodelling projects. Jennifer 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 ECD 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 ECD, 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 solving; administering project feasibility designs, 3d modelling and graphic work, production information and tendering; and managing project document control and correspondence.

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.

Ciaran Gallen

Architect

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.

 

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.

Marina Iordanidou

Marina Iordanidou

Architect

MArch, Diploma of Architect Engineer

Marina completed her Diploma in Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens and holds a Master of Architecture in the subject of computational design from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She has experience as an Architectural Assistant and freelance Architect, having been involved in various types of projects, from refurbishment, residential and interior design to international architectural competitions.

At ECD, Marina has been involved in various projects in the education, industrial and housing sectors, as well as distilleries. As an Architect, she attends meetings with clients, carries out site surveys, supports the team in and administers project feasibility designs, development of design proposals, 3D modelling, graphic work, production information and tendering.

Jamie Ho

Architect

PG Diploma, MArch, ARB, RIBA

Jamie, a qualified Architect, completed his Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Westminster to achieve his Part 3 accreditation. His Masters in Architecture degree focussed on Architecture through the medium of Film and Animation.

He has since continued to develop and apply these skills during his time within professional practice both in Architectural projects and in graphical representation, marketing and practice management ideas.

Jamie has worked on a wide-range of projects and sectors, including small scale residentials to high-rise developments over 18m, numerous Masterplan bids and commercial projects.

Baljit Panesar is a qualified Architect with 5 years of experience on projects in the mixed-use, international, cultural/civic, education and housing sectors.

Baljit Panesar

Architect

BA(Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB, RIBA

Baljit Panesar is a qualified Architect with 5 years of experience on projects in the mixed-use, international, cultural/civic, education and housing sectors. The projects have varied in scale and RIBA work stages.

Prior to joining ECD, Baljit became a main contractor to deliver a bespoke large dwelling in the South East of England. The role included day to day running of the site, site management, contract management, project management and everything else in between. The hands-on experience of this project allowed her to gain a real in-depth understanding of the technical delivery on site of the building itself and practical/logistical challenges of procurement of both materials and skills.

Ane Goitia Rivero, ARB Architect, ECD Architects

Ane Goitia Rivero

Architect

BSc, MArch, ARB

Ane is a qualified Architect and graduate from the University of Basque Country. With over 5 years professional experience in London and Spain Ane has worked on both new-build and refurbishment buildings. Her experience includes a wide range of projects, varying in scale from small residential extensions to large scale new-build projects. These projects have varied in RIBA work stages giving Ane the opportunity to gain experience from client meetings, liaising with local authorities, supporting the team during the design stages and taking part of the coordination of a multidisciplinary team during tender and construction.

Ane has also been involved in sustainability designs and the Internet of Things (IoT) implementation at European retrofit competitions.

Manuel Filippi Farmar - Architect at ECD Architects

Manuel Filippi Farmar

Architect

BSc, MArch, ARB

Manuel studied Architecture at university level in Venice, Italy, and in Valencia, Spain. He specialised in construction techniques and he subsequently widen his skill set in project management and BIM processes. Manuel has 10 years of professional experience in all stages of the design process; mainly in residential, affordable and private sell and mixed-use sectors. As an Architect, Manuel works directly with clients in order to prepare feasibility studies and options appraisals, concept and detailed design, planning applications and tender documentation. He has been running projects in London for three years, including many new-build residential and mixed-use schemes in central London with an affordable component. Manuel has a keen interest in sustainability, evidence-based design and on how buildings can improve the health and well-being of their occupants.

 

Lewis Bailie - Architect at ECD Architects

Lewis Bailie

Architect

DipArch, BSc, ARB

Lewis is a qualified Architect with 10 years’ experience of design and construction. He has experience of both residential and educational projects, is fully conversant with Revit and has significant experience of all work stages from initial concept design through to detail design on site. He has worked in a number of practices from 2 person to large scale and has also spent time on the Contractor side. He is interested in the process of taking an initial conceptual idea through to a completed building and all the challenges that this entails.

photo of Architectural Assistant Alice Hiley

Alice Hiley

Architect

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.

Gabriella Seminara

Architect

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.

Laura Teixeira - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Laura Teixeira

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons), MArch

Laura holds a Master’s degree from Politecnico di Milano, Italy and has completed her initial studies between the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto in Brazil, where she is a licensed architect, and at the Illinois Institute of technology in Chicago. She has gained experience in residential, hospitality, mixed-use and retail sectors collaborating in projects based in the UK, Japan, Italy, Brazil and the United States.

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.

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.

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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.

Tudor Cristescu - Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Tudor Cristescu

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons) Architecture, MArch

Tudor Cristescu completed his MArch in 2020 at London Southbank University. His main focuses relate to the integration of sustainability in the curriculum of society, as well as the design of environmentally sensitive architecture in the city and landscape. During his studies, he focused on the use of innovative technology to combat modern environmental issues, the philosophy of autonomous buildings, regeneration and repurposing of high-value existing buildings, as well as participating in small-scale timber design&build projects in countries like Norway, Finland and Estonia. During his year-out he worked on large scale residential and commercial projects in London and Gloucester. Tudor has joined ECD and is part of the team that manages the Park East residential development.

 

Marta Borgo Architectural Assistant

Marta Borgo

Architectural Assistant

After completing her Master’s Degree at the Politecnico di Milano in Italy and Escuela Técnica Superior de Málaga in Spain, Marta moved to the UK to gain experience in the construction industry. Marta specialised in the residential sector and she has been involved in a wide range of projects, including one-off house refurbishment, new-built large-scale housing development and mixed-use schemes. With nearly 4 years of professional experience in the UK, Marta has worked on feasibility studies, concept and detailed design stages.

Marta has a strong interest in sustainable architecture which she developed at university where as part of her studies she designed low-impact environmental solutions and simulated building energy performance. To expand her knowledge of BIM methodology and current international regulations and guidelines, Marta is currently undertaking a course in BIM & Digital Built Environments at the University of Salford.

Jessica Scott - Architectural Apprentice

Jessica Scott

Architectural Assistant

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.

Aurora Vega

Architectural Assistant

Aurora completed her Master of Architecture at the University of Granada in Spain. Since then, she has gained experience in different sectors, from small scale housing projects back in Spain, to large scale aviation projects in the UK. As an Architectural Assistant, she supports the team in the development of design proposals and the production of graphic work, BIM modelling and reports.

Aurora has always been interested in Sustainable Architecture techniques and is currently undertaking an Autodesk Masters on BIM Revit.

Laura Boffardi is an Architectural Assistant at ECD Architects

Laura Boffardi

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons), March

Laura completed her Master degree at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and is a qualified architect in Italy since 2009. In 2011 she won an international placement bursary to collaborate with Claudio Silvestrin office in London and since then she has gained experience in UK with different practices working at all RIBA stages on a variety of projects, from residential to commercial and healthcare.

In parallel to her main work, she has been volunteering with Architects Without Borders on several projects worldwide. Following these experiences, she started to research how architecture can contribute to the UN SDG30, delving into studies with the Passivhaus Institute and the TU Delft on Sustainable Urban Development.

Chloe Yuill

Architectural Assistant

BArch (Hons), DipArch

Chloe is an enthusiastic architecture graduate from the Glasgow School of Art. Having attended both the Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) Summer School and the Hague’s Global Trends and Sustainable Cities Summer School, she has developed a profound interest in the design of communities, projects and materials which enhance the quality of life and the environment.

In 2019, she co-exhibited at the Oslo Architecture Triennale with PlantPower! The project investigates the potential for collection and reuse of compost heat as a nature based solution to generate heat as a source of renewable energy. Chloe has gained experience working on a variety of scales in residential design, community led designs and commercial work.

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.

Niall O’Cleirigh

Architectural Technologist

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 Park East in SE London, a large scale residential project, from stage 3 to completion.

Brendan Murphy - Architectural Technologist at ECD Architects

Brendan Murphy

Architectural Technologist

BSc

Brendan qualified as an Architectural Technologist in 2016 from Cork Institute of Technology. His final year project concentrated on the retrofitting of an 1970’s building with the attempt to meet Passivehaus standards.

Since qualifying Brendan has gained a great amount of experience working on a variety of commercial projects varying in size from small to large scale across Cork and London. While working on these projects Brendan was able to gain great knowledge on the preserving and retrofitting of existing buildings as well as working to LEED Gold Standard Office Blocks while meeting specific BIM Standards.

Nathan White - CAD Technician in our Glasgow office

Nathan White

CAD Technician

Nathan is an Architectural Technician supporting the teams through with the production of drawings for planning applications.

Nathan completed his HNC and HND Computer Aided Architectural Design & Technology at New College Lanarkshire. He has achieved the development award for BIM Principles and is an Autodesk Certified AutoCAD User.

Viv Sterling Adams

Office Manager

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.