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Over three decades, DK-Architects has built a reputation, and gained many awards, for designing and delivering successful and sustainable buildings, spaces and places. We work across many sectors: commercial, cultural, housing, health, leisure, masterplanning, and urban regeneration.

David Gilkes Director

David has played a central role in the design and delivery of the Practice’s 400 plus built projects. He has an extensive understanding of the practical issues of delivering high quality projects that achieve the aspirations of clients and stakeholders whilst meeting real world budgets and deadlines. His experience encompasses work in the private and public sectors, including commercial, leisure and healthcare with a particular expertise in all forms of housing including mixed-use master planning. David has been integral to a large number of exemplar and award winning regeneration projects. He is fully committed to helping to engender a better social and built environment. David is actively involved in the day-to-day management and future strategy of the Practice.

David Dickerson Director

Alongside David Gilkes, Dave leads the practices 20 strong staff. Dave takes an active lead in the concept and design development ensuring continuity across all projects within the office. He is an intuitive and creative designer and has been involved in projects of all scales and complexities from one off private houses to community led schemes and multi million pound mixed use developments. Dave is a strategic thinker who understands clients requirements. His ability to find clear and elegant solutions to resolve complex problems informs much of DK Architects work. Dave regularly speaks on the importance of design quality in housing to industry leaders.

Jamie Thompson Associate Director

Jamie joined the Practice in 2006 and was made an Associate Director in 2016. His vast experience in the design and delivery of a wide range of completed projects includes office and commercial schemes, social housing, private rented sector housing, student housing and community facilities. Within the practice, he has particular responsibility for navigating and obtaining statutory approvals, and has significant expertise in achieving planning permission and working with a variety of external stakeholders. Jamie also takes responsibility for the delivery of technical information throughout a project and places emphasis on providing a high quality and robust product through creative design solutions within the budgetary constraints.

Andy Aitken Associate Director

Andy joined the Practice as an Associate Director in 2016 and has extensive experience in residential, community, conservation and healthcare projects from inception to completion. Before joining DK-Architects, Andy worked for OMI Architects in Manchester leading a variety of high-profile projects. He has led projects across a range of sectors up to a value of £50 million, with a number of projects receiving national design awards. He also acts as visiting design critic at Liverpool John Moores University. Andy is committed to architecture that prioritises people and places. He believes in a sustainable approach based on the use of materials and detailing that is timeless and durable.

Hannah Bolton Associate - Practice Manager

Hannah joined the Practice in 2011 and was made an Associate in 2017. Hannah leads DK-Architect’s Practice Management and works with the Directors on the strategic focus of the Practice including business development and resourcing, leading on bids and relationship management. She is a qualified Architect with project experience from feasibility of one-off private houses to technical design and construction of multi-million pound mixed-use developments. Hannah is able to adapt to evolving client requirements and believes in the benefits of experience-based learning. She is an advocate of clear and thorough communication throughout a project.

Owen Reece Senior Architect - Health and Safety Manager

Owen joined the Practice in 2015 and has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and educational sectors. He has led exemplar early years projects and managed multiple-stakeholder community driven primary school projects receiving national awards. As Practice Health and Safety Manager, Owen advises on all design risk assessment and office health and safety policies and procedures. He works closely with external health and safety advisors and is trained in IOSH: Managing Safely and Emergency First Aid. Owen believes in developing contextual architecture that responds to its environment and elevates end-user experience. He enjoys investigating historic precedent, refined details and honest material expression.

John Fielding Senior Architectural Designer

John joined the practice in 1999 and has amassed a wealth of knowledge across all stages of project development. He has extensive experience in the residential, commercial and healthcare sectors, successfully delivering schemes ranging from small bespoke developments through to award winning complex mixed tenure schemes. John believes in creating timeless design solutions appropriate to the social and economic context in which they are set. He is a committed and intelligent designer known for his calm and meticulous approach and is an exceptional mentor within the Practice.

Nick Steele Architect

Nick joined the team at DK-Architects in 2014 and has since established himself as a key member of the practice. Nick’s experience within the residential sector has seen him deliver one-off bespoke housing, social housing and community schemes and large-scale urban redevelopment projects throughout the North West. Nick believes in a considered, simple, elegant design approach with a key focus on the creative use of high quality materials from the local vernacular.

Gethin Hughes Architect

Since joining DK-Architect’s in 2016, Gethin has gained extensive experience in the residential sector working on a wide range of schemes from bespoke private housing to high-density urban residential blocks. He is able to adapt to and overcome complex planning constraints on challenging sites to create appropriate, high quality outcomes. Previous to working at DK-Architects, Gethin worked at John McCall Architects where he assisted on a variety of projects within the residential and commercial sectors. Gethin combines creativity and lateral thinking with a strong attention to detail in order to carefully consider every aspect of the projects he is involved in.

Minn Tang Architect

Minn joined the practice in 2018 and has been integral to a variety of residential and commercial projects of varying scales. Throughout Minn’s time at DK-Architects, she has been able to utilise her drawing and 3D modelling skills to help develop designs at a multitude of scales. Minn is driven by the direct influence of architecture and urban design on our lives. She believes in contextual responses to people and places to ensure the creation of sustainable and integrated communities that reflect the changing ways we live, learn and work.

Tony Lees Architect - Sustainability Champion

Since joining the Practice in 2016, Tony has established himself as an advocate for innovative and contextual design and is recognised as DK-Architect’s resident Sustainability Champion. Tony has diverse project experience including unique private houses, city centre high-rise towers and visitor centres for charities and tourist attractions. Previous to working at DK-Architects, Tony worked at Wilkinson Eyre Architects in London, helping to deliver large commercial and residential mixed-use schemes. Tony is also a third year Design Tutor at the University of Liverpool. Tony is proficient at communicating design through characterful, well-considered drawings and models. Tony’s holistic approach to all projects and his eye for aesthetic detail and practical design solutions result in consistently high-quality output.

Kate Johnstone Architectural Assistant Pt II

Kate joined the DK-Architect’s team in 2021 after completing both her Undergraduate & Master’s Degrees at University of Liverpool. Her work explores the the link between the quality of a designed space and its effect on people's lives, focusing on the positive impact it can have on heath and wellbeing. Kate seeks to create designs that respond to the unique requirements of each client and site specific context to ensure project success, authenticity and longevity.

Jake Gittins Architectural Assistant Pt I

Jake joined the practice in 2021 after completing his degree at the University of Liverpool. His flexible approach to his work allows him to contribute to a variety of projects of different scales and assist the wider project team. His interest in drawing, producing physical models and digital visualisations enables clear communication of project intent to ensure the delivery of quality projects that have a positive impact on their context.

Melanie Beckett Office Manager

Melanie joined the practice in 2021 working alongside the Practice Manager to assist in efficient, effective and safe management of the practice, compliance with relevant legislation and standards and the wellbeing of staff and clients. She is the first point of contact for clients and others from outside the practice. Previous to working at DK-Architects Melanie lived in Sydney Australia working as a finance and compliance manager.

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