Rodney GrahamFounder Director
Trained at Huddersfield and Portsmouth Schools of Architecture, Rodney is one of Design Engine’s three co-founding directors, having previously worked for Hampshire County Council Architects, ORMS and Architecture PLB. Within the practice Rodney plays an active role in design, but is also interested in the wider aspects of project delivery including technical and management issues. A particular area of interest for Rodney is housing design and he has been responsible for developing this sector of work within the practice. In 2007 the Roseville housing project, situated in Guernsey, won an RIBA Award and The Civic Trust Special Housing Award. An RTPI Regional Commendation followed in 2008. In 2009 Rodney became a BRE recognised Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor and he steered the auditing process of the ‘Designed for Manufacture’ government housing initiative as a part of Design Engine’s role on the Homes and Communities Agency’s Architects Panel. In addition to his activities within Design Engine, Rodney is active in architectural education having performed the role of part-time tutor at Portsmouth School of Architecture and External Examiner in Professional Practice at Portsmouth and the South Bank Polytechnic Schools. Currently Rodney teaches and lectures regularly at Huddersfield School of Architecture and sits on the Winchester and Eastleigh District Design Review Panel. Rodney is widely travelled and is co-author of a series of books called ‘Look Up’, which bring a new perspective on the architectural and social history of buildings forming the high streets of England’s towns and cities.
Richard JobsonFounder Director
Richard is a co-founder of Design Engine Architects. He has a particularly interest in the symbiotic relationship between architecture and sculpture and uses both drawings and both physical and CAD modelling to help explore the potential of these disciplines. Many of his models have been exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition. Particular examples of this approach to design has been the delivery of the New British Embassy in Yemen (RIBA International award for Architecture), the University Centre for University of Winchester (RIBA Award) and the soon to be completed New Library and Teaching Building for Oxford Brookes University. Richard has lectured and critiqued at a number of architectural schools including Oxford Brookes University, Cardiff and Portsmouth, where he also taught from 1995 to 2000. Additionally he has produced critical writing on recently completed buildings for the architectural press including Architecture Today. He was an External Examiner at Kingston University School of Architecture from 2007-2011. Richard has a particular expertise in bridge design, which he gained when he was head of the bridge team at the engineering firm Ramboll, between 1996 and 2001. Here he designed and delivered a number of Millennium bridges in London, York and Lancaster and a competition winning bridge in Turin. More recent bridge structures include the new pedestrian bridge over the M5 at Exeter which won the British Construction Industry Award in 2012. He recently co-edited ‘Bridge Builders’ in 2002, published by Wiley-Academy. Richard interest in art and sculpture led him to being commissioned to deliver a significant piece of public sculpture for Winchester University which was opened by HRH The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO in February 2013.
Richard Rose-CasemoreFounder Director
Richard is a co-founder of Design Engine and, with his fellow directors, is responsible for the design direction of the practice. He enjoys working in all sectors and at all scales: from masterplanning to interior design, with architecture at the centre. He has been the recipient of numerous RIBA and Civic Trust Awards during 25 years of practice, and received the Stephen Lawrence Prize for his own house in Winchester at the 2001 Stirling Prize celebrations. Before the creation of Design Engine, Richard was a director of Architecture PLB, senior architect with Rogers Stirk Harbour, and an associate of ORMS after graduating with distinction and coming runner-up in the RIBA Student President’s Medals. Richard has travelled widely as part of his training as well as in his practice, and worked in South Africa for a year as an under- graduate. Richard has a particular passion for teaching and led a post- graduate studio at Oxford Brookes University School of Architecture between 1995 and 2010. He continues to act as a regular visiting critic at the OBU, Bath, Bartlett, Portsmouth and Plymouth Schools. Richard has taught Professional Practice at the Architectural Association, and has been an external examiner at the Bartlett and Portsmouth Schools. Richard is currently a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, a Visiting Fellow of Oxford Brookes University, a Member of the Chartered Society of Designers, and an RIBA Client Design Advisor. He was CABE Representative for the South-East of England for five years and now chairs or is a panel member of various Design Review Panels. His experience in the design and delivery of Higher Education buildings has earned him an invitation to join on the RIBA HEDQF (Higher Education Design Quality Forum)
Keith EvansAssociate Director
Keith studied architecture at Portsmouth University, Westminster University and the Bartlett in London. At Westminster he won the Bannister Fletcher Dissertation prize for his study on 'Colour Space' in art and Architecture. He gained professional experience in Oxford and London at Hamilton Associates, DEGW and Allies and Morrison before joining Design Engine Architects in 2003.Keith has extensive experience in housing, education and the commercial sector and since joining Design Engine he has worked on a large number of high profile, complex and award winning projects. He has excellent project delivery skills and has a particular interest in the detailed design development of architectural facades. Keith currently works on a number of projects for Oxford Brookes University including leading the Facades team on the £80m New Library and Teaching building and various other smaller projects as part of the Masterplan. Other projects he is involved with include a showroom in a converted building attached to Lambeth Bridge in London and projects for the Arts University Bournemouth and Winchester University. Keith is in charge of the in-house office CPD programme, chairs the IT group and mentors younger members in the studio. He also carries out in-house technical reviews of projects across the office at various stages as part of the practices QA procedure.
David GausdenAssociate Director
David studied architecture at Canterbury College Of Art and the Kent Institute of Art and Design. Before joining Design Engine in 2003, he worked in London with Lorenzo Apicella at Pentagram Design Ltd, and prior to this Apicella Associates. He has also worked for MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, and the London and Hong Kong offices of Terry Farrell and Partners. As well as architecture, David has a wide range of experience that includes transformable and mobile structures, exhibition and interior design. He has worked on a number of prestigious and award winning projects nationally and internationally. David also has an expertise in educational projects within primary, secondary and University sectors and has recently completed the first phase Les Beaucamps High School In Guernsey. Other notable projects include The Performing Arts Studios at the University Of Winchester and the new reception to the Old Building at the London School Of Economics. He is currently involved in developing concepts for experimental prototype teaching spaces working with local teachers and educationalists at the University Of Winchester. David has a pivotal role in developing interior and exhibition design within the practice and is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers. He enjoys teaching as a visiting tutor and critic, and mentors younger designers within the studio. He has also collaborated on Arts projects in London and Winchester. He has recently been invited to join The Coastal West Sussex Design Panel and has assisted in shortlisting entries for the RIBA South region.
John RidgettAssociate Director
John studied architecture at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded the John Rankin Prize, The Peter Tyson Prize for Architecture and the Bibby Undergraduate Scholarship. John’s experience before joining Design Engine in 2007 includes Hampshire County Architects and Michael Hopkins & Partners as well as Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners in London. John has a wide range of experience in designing and delivering complex projects and has been responsible for a number of prestigious schemes in the UK and abroad. John has a particular passion for ensuring that the original concept of any project is fully realised in the final building. To this end John takes an active role in all stages of a project’s development. This includes brief development, visualisations and presentations to stakeholders, the compilation of robust detailed project information and site supervision. Each stage is appropriately planned in advance and monitored to ensure project deliverables are achieved on time.This approach has been particularly important with development of the multi-million pound New Library and Teaching Building at Oxford Brookes University. John has been project leader responsible for the evolution of the design, as well as coordination of the design team throughout all stages of development. The building incorporates a new library and archive, teaching rooms, lecture theatre, multi-use venue, numerous catering facilities, retail and a medical centre. The first phase was completed in the summer of 2012 and is the new home of the Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, which includes the School of Architecture.
Adrian studied architecture at the Technical University of Gdańsk, Poland and graduated with distinction in 2003. During a two year University break, Adrian worked in Spain and USA. He has since gained professional experience with McGonigle McGrath, Belfast and John Pardey Architects, Hampshire before joining Design Engine in 2009.At Design Engine, Adrian has worked on the £120m New Library and Teaching building at Oxford Brookes University and has recently delivered phase one of the 660 place Les Beaucamps High School in Guernsey. He is now leading the team working on the second phase of the project, the Sports Centre.The opportunity of working around the world on prestigious award- winning projects, has given Adrian design perspective and experience in housing, retail, leisure and the education sector. He has a specialist interest in sustainable design and has excellent communication and project delivery skills on large, complex projects within challenging programmes and budgets. With full British and Polish qualifications, Adrian is an active member of both chambers. His CV includes a number of projects with RIBA Awards, such as Ravenhill House, Kevin Kahan Salon and The Meter House at Gasworks.
Rob studied architecture at The University of Nottingham, qualifying with distinction in 2006. During this time he won a place on the IAESTE student exchange programme in 2002, working at Architecture Collaborative in the United States and went on to work for both specialist healthcare and education practices in the UK before joining Design Engine Architects in 2008. Since joining Design Engine he has worked on projects at all stages of design and delivery including special responsibility for detailed design and coordination. Rob is currently Site Architect for the Oxford Brookes University New Library and Teaching Building, working closely with both other consultants in the design team, the main contractor, and sub-contractors on site to deliver this exceptional quality building.
James joined Design Engine in 2007 and has worked on a number of projects during this period. James studied architecture at the University of Brighton and has broad professional experience in London and the South East, as well as a period with Peddle Thorp and Walker in Sydney.James has recently delivered a new building for the University of Winchester which achieved BREEAM excellent and provided the University with substantially updated and much needed teaching facilities. James has also worked on various schemes for the development of the Charterhouse School campus in Surrey.As well as experience in the education and commercial sectors, James has has been involved in numerous housing projects. As a qualified BRE Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor, James is able to conduct in-house technical design reviews in order to assess housing schemes during the development stage.James has excellent project delivery and organisational skills and is capable of delivering large complex projects within tight deadlines.James has a particular interest in sustainability; not only limited to new buildings, but also intelligent adaptation and re-use of existing buildings.Amongst James’ other practice duties, James is a member of the IT/CAD group and also actively contributes to design reviewsof projects and procedures at regular intervals.
Sarah BianchiFinance Manager
Sarah joined Design Engine in 2002 and plays a pivotal part in the management of the company. Working closely with the directors, her role is multi-faceted and directly responds to the diverse financial requirements of the business; incorporating management of client accounts and overseeing banking processes. An important part of Sarah’s role is to maintain the strands of financial data to inform cost analysis and fee forecasting, as well as business development and expansion. She brings a wealth of commercial experience from both the public and private sectors including education, property, language and literature, and spent a period in architectural administration at Architecture PLB before joining Design Engine shortly after its foundation.
Peter studied architecture at the University of Bath andOxford Brookes University, where he was awarded the Reginald Cave Prize for best ‘major study’ thesis. He joined Design Engine in 2008 and recently completed his part 3 studies qualifying as an architect in 2012. Peter has gained experience in the design and deliveryof complex and high quality buildings, notably the new library and teaching building project at Oxford Brookes University, a project of considerable scale, complexity and design ambition. Peter’s role has included the design development of the project’s façades from concept through to completion, in close coordination with the design and construction teams. Peter is currently one of the site architects, working with the construction team to successfully deliver the project. Peter performed a senior role in the team developing the design of the Oxford Brookes University colonnade building totender. Comprising commercial and medical facilities, the building forms one edge of the entrance piazza to the new library building. Other project experience includes design of an interiors project for Friarsgate surgery, and contribution to competition entries, including the competition winning science building at Charterhouse School.Peter has keen interests in sustainability and nature. During his Diploma this was developed in design and written theses, suggesting the relationship of cultural and natural influences in landscape to be of particular relevance to architecture and sustainability.
Sam CrickGraphic Designer
Sam is a qualified Graphic Designer and joined the Design Engine team early in 2013. He has worked on display boards for the St Alphege building, technical drawings for Les Beaucamps School and is currently working on improving the company logo, business cards and other stationary. Sam studied at both University of Chester and University of Ballarat in Australia. After graduating in 2011 he started working as a freelancer for his own company ‘EverThinker’. He also has experience as a teaching assistant/technician at Peter Symonds College on the Graphic Design course. Before Design Engine, he has worked with a large variety of clients including the British Red Cross, Twig, First Wessex, AML Babycare, Horny Unicorn, Geepig, Gentle Lion, Cheshire Icecream, GIFVC and TipTop Productions. As well as these projects he is also a member of the ArtHouse Co-op and regularly takes part in competitions such as 60/40, the sketchbook project and AGA pencil awards.
Catherine DunlopPractice Administrator
Catherine is responsible for front-of-house and visitor liaison. She also acts as the directors’ PA and works closely with the senior management team on recruitment and interviews.Central to her administration role is the control of business purchasing, management of the central office diary, and co- ordination of the practice lunchtime CPD workshops. Catherine also facilitates our internal Friday ‘Feedback’ series - a weekly practice-based social and educational vehicle designed for knowledge-sharing. Catherine has assumed the responsibility for document control on our largest current project, the redevelopment of Oxford Brookes University’s Headington campus. This key role involves the controlled exchange of technical information between consultants and contractors for the whole £120m project.
Richard is a qualified Architect and has worked at Design Engine since 2007. He has been involved in a number of projects including the replacement of Les Beaucamps secondary school in Guernsey, a new Performing Arts Faculty for the University of Winchester, and has delivered a number of interior renovation projects including the main entrance to the Old Building at the London School of Economics. Since qualifying, Richard has been responsible for the design and delivery of the Clocktower Square development for Radley College in Oxfordshire. This includes new teaching spaces, art workshops, and event spaces with a number of refurbishments and connections to existing buildings including the listed Rackets Court. Richard studied at the University of Portsmouth, where his thesis project was awarded the RIBA South Prize and the prize for best overall performance in Diploma Thesis, as well as being nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal. His work with the Diploma Landscape unit led to their shortlisting for the SEEDA ‘ideas competition’. Richard was also awarded first place in the final of the 2009 ‘Line of Site’ architectural ideas competition organised by Building Design magazine.
Alex KeelerInterior Designer
Alex joined Design Engine in 2011 after graduating in Interior Architecture from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. She is an Associate member of the Chartered Society of Designers. Her training gives here a unique insight into the collaborative worlds of interior design and architecture. Since her arrival at Design Engine Alex has worked on a number of education projects, including Radley College, Les Beaucamps High School and Oxford Brookes University. Alex's introduction to the Oxford Brookes University project began with 'The Lab'; an exhibition project for the University showcasing the £80m New Library and Teaching building, on which she was involved at every stage from conception to completion. Alex is currently working on the interiors strategy for the whole development, which entails the delivery of a complex £1.2m FF&E package. Alex has strong two and three-dimensional skills, and uses sophisticated computer modeling to explore interior concepts, materials and finishes. Within the office Alex oversees the samples library, meeting with suppliers and manufacturers to keep resources and product information updated. She also has a role maintaining the extensive practice image database.
Adam Lansdown-BridgePart II Architectural Assistant
Adam returned to Design Engine as a Part II Architect in 2011, following an earlier year’s placement with the practice between his degree and Masters. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects from the £80 million redevelopment of the Oxford Brookes campus to bespoke residential interior fit-outs. His recent projects have included the redevelopment of airside passenger facilities for Southampton Airport and a new Baptist Church and community centre for the town of Lyndhurst.Adam studied architecture at the University of Bath, graduating with a First Class, followed by his Diploma and Masters at the Bartlett (UCL) where he achieved a double Distinction and was a Dean’s List prizewinner. Alongside his work at Design Engine, Adam enjoys entering architectural competitions, winning the RIBA £10lb House for his proposal for low cost lightweight recycled sheltering. Prior to joining Design Engine, he worked at a number of local practices, including Hampshire County Council Architects and Stedman Blower.
Oliver studied architecture at Cardiff and Westminster Universities, graduating in 2005, and joining ARB as a registered architect in 2007. He has gained professional experience in a number of international architectural practices, including Johnson Pilton Walker (formerly Denton Corker Marshall) in Sydney, as well as Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London, before joining Design Engine Architects in 2011. Oliver has a broad range of experience across design stages from competitions to on-site delivery, including working with a range of clients, from charities to universities, to commercial and housing developers. He has a detailed understanding of the complexity when working with existing buildings, including listed structures such as a major refurbishment of the Bodleian Library for Oxford University, and the Sydney Opera House. Oliver has excellent communication skills, and a particular interest and experience in helping Clients and building users to identify and develop a design brief for a project during its early stages. He enjoys consulting with the project stakeholders throughout the design process to ensure the success of the final building in use. Oliver currently works on a number of projects for the Arts University Bournemouth, including an extension to the Photography facilities, a new building for Student Services, as well as progressing the Masterplan for the development of this site. Other projects he is involved with include work with independent schools, delivering a new teaching building under construction for Radley College, and various potential projects as part of a Masterplan for the development of Charterhouse School.
Sean joined the practice in 2008 and has subsequently worked through a wide number of completed education projects. He began architecture with first class honours at Kingston University before completing his diploma at Oxford Brookes University. He recently qualified in 2011 at Westminster University, and now runs multiple mid-scale domestic projects. Previous practices have included Swanke Hayden Connell Associates as well as smaller firms, which have given Sean a rounded insight into all stages of the design process. He has developed a proactive and practical approach to detail design with particular interest in the delivery of stair packages. This coupled with a good understanding of site activities and job-running has given him a good knowledge base for buildability.As well as helping to complete The John Payne Building (the enabling project for Oxford Brookes), Sean has contributed to the main £80m main development itself, together with the outline design of Les Beaucamps School in Guernsey.More recently, Sean contributed to the fast-track delivery of new teaching facilities for Winchester University. This £6m part new- build and refurbishment has provided the institution with 10 new lecture class rooms with BREEAM excellent accreditation. Sean is CSCS accredited and takes on an active role within practice life. With experiences of cities and places further afield, Sean regularly brings these into the practice as a whole.
Anna RossPart II Architectural Assistant
Anna studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne for both RIBA Part 1 and 2, graduating in 2005. Her final year work went on to win numerous prizes including a RIBA President's Medal Commendation award for her dissertation, which examined how text written about buildings affects the way they are understood. Anna has experience working at many different sectors and scales, from large Higher Education projects to smaller interventions within listed domestic buildings. She has a particular interest in the ‘craft’ of how buildings are put together. After joining Design Engine in 2005, Anna played a key role in the delivery of the RIBA Award winning Student Centre for University of Winchester. Following this, she worked on the redevelopment of Oxford Brookes University from the outset of the project, working from the masterplan and concept design stages through to construction, where she was responsible for a number of packages including the library facades and roof. During 2012, Anna took a 9 month sabbatical to travel, learn spanish and volunteer in Europe and South America.
Tamsin studied Architecture at The University of Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University, qualifying as an architect in 2002. Prior to joining Design Engine in 2008, Tamsin had wide ranging professional experience at Buckley Gray Yeoman Architects in London, and Alec French Architects in Bristol where she was an Associate. Tamsin has led many projects as Project Architect from conception to completion, including a BSF pathfinder secondary school, a sports pavilion in a park forming part of an urban regeneration scheme, and a new headquarters building for Aardman Animations. At Design Engine she has brought her experience of education buildings to the team that has successfully delivered a new 660 pupil secondary school on Guernsey, for which she was responsible for many of the detailed components of the scheme, reviewing the client brief, design development and overseeing construction packages. Tamsin spent several years (whilst in practice) as a Studio Tutor in the schools of architecture at The University of Bath and The University of the West of England and continues her teaching as an occasional Visiting Critic. Tamsin has also worked on specialist conservation projects for many historic buildings, refitting of bars and restaurants and a number of residential and office projects.Tamsin is currently on Maternity Leave and will return to Design Engine in September 2013.
Matthew joined Design Engine in 2010 after studying Architecture at the University of Bath, graduating with First Class Honours from both the Undergraduate and Masters degrees. During his Architectural education, Matthew was the recipient of numerous prizes and awards; culminating in his work being nominated for the RIBA Silver Presidents Medal. Prior to joining Design Engine, Matthew has gained broad professional experience with a number of award-winning practices across the UK, including Sanei+Hopkins Architects in London and FCB Studios in Bath. Matthew also has a keen interest in teaching, and in 2012 returned to the University of Bath to lead a 1st Year Studio Group. Since joining Design Engine, Matthew has gained significant experience in both the education and housing sectors. Most notably, Matthew plays a key role in the team that is delivering a new 660 place Secondary School and sports centre for the Guernsey State Education Department. Also, in his time at Design Engine, Matthew has taken numerous housing schemes through Planning and Listed Building Consent. Matthew has excellent organisational and design skills and is developing a keen interest in the coordination, detailed design development and delivery side of projects. Within the wider office setting, Matthew is a member of the IT/ CAD group and co-ordinates the practice’s weekly lecture series, known internally as ‘Feedback’.