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DK-Architects
26 Old Haymarket
Liverpool, L1 6ER

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.

Jay Mistry Associate

Jay joined the Practice as Associate in 2019 and has experience in residential, extra-care, education and heritage projects. Before joining DK-Architects, Jay worked in Manchester for OMI Architects leading a variety of high-profile projects. He also developed particular expertise in the delivery of specialist care provision for adults with complex needs. Jay believes that architecture should be characterful in appearance and use, and develop from a reading of local context, culture and history. His philosophy is that good design is timeless and can be achieved through creative solutions within budgetary constraints, utilising honest materials and robust detailing.

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.

John Atkinson Architect - BIM Manager

Since joining DK-Architects in 2015, John has been a key member of the design team on a number of intricate social housing sites as well as complex high-rise residential developments. John has a personal interest in parametric CAD systems and is an advocate for the continuous improvement of project workflow and processes. As DK-Architect’s BIM coordinator, John encourages a collaborative approach to developing homogenous processes, alongside other members of staff and external partners. He works closely with the Directors and Practice Manager to manage the Practice’s IT and CAD Infrastructure and monitors and maintains an effective software strategy.

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.

Arwa Al-Rekabi Architectural Designer

An enthusiastic and considerate designer; Arwa has worked on a varied range of special and general needs housing and masterplans since joining the practice in 2015. Arwa has an objective and creative approach to design and works closely with clients and contractors to develop appropriate and considered solutions. Arwa is a reliable member of the team and is committed to considering sustainable approaches at all stages of projects.

Tony Lees Architectural Assistant Pt II - 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.

Lauren Brennan Architectural Assistant Pt II

Since joining the Practice in 2017, Lauren has been a key team member on a number of schemes from private houses and community-led projects to large multi-million pound mixed use developments. Her skills include hand drawing and model making in addition to digital modelling. Previous to working at DK-Architects, Lauren worked at Arup Associates in London on a variety of projects within the residential, educational and industrial sectors. Lauren has a strong work ethic and is motivated to find design solutions through an iterative design process, developing ideas by examining the wider environment and context, as well as the smallest details of a scheme to find the best outcome for the client.

Minn Tang Architectural Assistant Pt II

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.

Rachel Glover Architectural Assistant Pt II

Rachel joined DK-Architects in 2019 after completing her masters at the University of Liverpool. Since joining the practice, Rachel has been involved in a number of varied scale residential and community-led projects. Rachel has a keen interest in sustainable architecture and the integration of passive design techniques which formed part of her Masters Degree whilst studying in Suzhou China. Rachel aims to create places that not only respond to the local community and vernacular, but have a positive impact towards a sustainable future.

Tom Ashurst Architectural Assistant Pt I

Tom joined the Practice in 2019 and is an eager and approachable member of the team. His pragmatic and inventive approach to his work has allowed him to contribute to a variety of projects of different scales across a range of design stages. Before completing his degree at the University of Liverpool, Tom completed an art foundation course at the University of Loughborough and continues to keep a keen interest in 3D art through computer modelling, hand drawing and physical model making.

Callum Cherry Architectural Assistant Pt I

Callum joined DK-Architects in 2016 following the completion of his Part 1 Studies and continues to work part-time at the Practice whilst completing his Masters at the University of Manchester. Callum is a pragmatic and conscientious designer. His flexible approach to his work has enabled him to engage with all aspects of the design process across a range of varied projects of differing scales. Callum fully immerses himself in each task he is presented with to ensure the delivery of quality projects that have a positive and considered impact on their context.

Louise Hancox Finance and Practice Administrator

Louise joined the Practice in 2015 and works closely with the Directors managing the diverse financial requirements of the business; incorporating management of client accounts and overseeing banking processes. Louise’s flexible and adaptable approach enables her to respond to the day-to-day needs of the practice; supporting the wider Practice team in all aspects of office life.

Olivia Dohren Practice Administrator

Olivia joined DK-Architects in 2018 and is the first point of contact for the Practice. Olivia assists the Directors and Practice Manager in all aspects of administration and manages the Practice Quality Management Plan ensuring ISO Compliance. Olivia is a friendly and approachable member of the team and has taken on the role of managing social events within the Practice.

Credits The following photographers have supplied images for this site: Dan Hopkinson, Adrian Lambert, Tim Crocker.

Project CGIs supplied by The Collective.