RCKa provides an innovative model for young architectural practices operating in a challenging and changing civic and economic landscape. Our active and enterprising approach to enabling and securing projects of relevance to the local community is based upon critical dialogue, and was developed to satisfy the central ambition of the practice, to produce consistently high-quality pioneering and socially responsive architecture.
Formed in 2008 following a successful international housing competition win, RCKa quickly established itself as one of the UK's most exciting young practices. Our particular expertise in housing and community projects has been recognised in further competition wins, commissions and awards, most recently an NLA 2013 Finalist Award for best public building, and a winning project in the Housing Design Awards.
In addition to a strong portfolio of completed residential work, we recently completed a new photography gallery on Liverpool's fourth grace site that the Financial Times reported as being, 'ideally suited to the blend of grandeur and detail of much contemporary photography', and a £3.5m youth and community facility in Lewisham that Building Design Magazine praised as 'a political and architectural triumph in equal measure'.
Tim is a founding director of RCKa, and with experience in delivering large scale regeneration projects, is responsible for delivering the practice's residential projects.
Having worked on projects such as the RIBA and Housing Design Award winning Three Towers and Saxton Projects with Union North for Urban Splash, Tim has a keen understanding of market sensitive and community-centric housing. This knowledge has been used to great effect with housing design competition wins such as Europan 9: Stoke-on-Trent and the Meadow Street development in Preston and the practices approach is being developed further with a number of co-housing projects in London and community/retirement living projects throughout the UK.
Prior to this Tim took the role of project architect for a number of RIBA award winning public buildings for Patel Taylor Architects. Tim has been a Housing Design Quality Enabler for the Yorkshire region and is a visiting critic at the Bartlett School of Urban Design.
Russell is a founding director of RCKa, and with experience in commercial, retail and R&D projects throughout Europe, is responsible for delivering the practice's commercial projects as well as managing the technical aspects of the studio.
Having worked on projects including the DSM Foodlab in Delft, and the International Research & Learning Centre for Shell in Rijswijk for workplace designers David Leon & Associates.
Under Russell's leadership, RCKa has now completed a new research centre for a major blue-chip client in Hampshire as well as the refurbishment of a Grade II-listed building in Belgravia for Italian IT firm Reply.
Prior to this, Russell was project architect for Chetwood Associates' Sainsbury's at Greenwich Peninsula, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2000.
Russell has recently taken over the chair of the RIBA's Procurement Reform Group, and become a director of Project Compass CIC, a not-for-profit company set up to promote better practice in public procurement.
Dieter is a founding director of RCKa and leads our youth and community projects.
His work has been recognised for its innovative use of emerging technologies and design excellence, and he is skilled at managing large and complex user groups, engaging local communities and stakeholders, and providing strategic project enabling and development advice such as funding, charitable trust and company establishment and local authority asset transfer.
Since starting RCKa he has taken the lead on projects including Hellesdon Community Hub, a 6,500m2 mixed-use community development in Norwich, WG Grace Community Centre refurbishment and resident engagement for L&Q London, and the recently completed TNG Youth Venue, recipient of an NLA 2013 Finalist Award for best public building in London.
Prior to RCKa Dieter worked at Hans Haenlein Architects on a series of private and public education projects, before joining Sergison Bates where he gained experience in healthcare. This was followed by a senior position at Hudson Architects where he delivered a number of innovative one-off houses and community-led regeneration schemes including the award-winning Cedar House, a community workspace facility for Haringey Council and the RIBA award-winning OPEN Youth Venue in Norwich.