Rodney Graham

Founding Director

As one of Design Engine’s three co-founding directors, Rod plays an active role in design, but is also concerned with the wider aspects of project delivery, including technical and managerial issues.

A particular area of interest for Rod is housing design, which he has been responsible for developing within the practice. In 2007 the Roseville housing project, situated in Guernsey, won a RIBA Award and The Civic Trust Special Housing Award. A RTPI Regional Commendation followed in 2008. In 2009 Rod 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.

Rod trained at Huddersfield and Portsmouth Schools of Architecture and previously worked for Hampshire County Council Architects, ORMS and Architecture PLB.

In addition to his activities within Design Engine, Rod is involved 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 Rod teaches and lectures regularly at Huddersfield School of Architecture and sits on the Winchester and Eastleigh District Design Review Panel.

Rod 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.