Darling Associates Architects, the AJ 100 practice, are pleased to announce the appointment of Alastair Roberts as their new Managing Director, effective 1st April 2023.
Alastair joined Darlings in 2018, with over 30 years of experience in architecture, including senior leadership positions at ESA Design and Capita Real Estate + Infrastructure. He is responsible for several high profile complex mixed-use commercial and urban masterplan projects worldwide including the new Unilever HQ in Kingston Upon Thames. Known for his leadership skills, strategic vision, and track record of directing projects through to successful implementation on site, he will be succeeding Chris Darling who set up the practice in 2003.
In his new role, Alastair will continue to lead Darling Associates in its mission to create beautiful places to live, work and relax and drive the company’s growth and expansion plans. He will work closely with the board of directors, project teams, and wider studio to ensure that the practice continues to deliver the highest quality sustainable designs for its clients.
Alastair Roberts says, “I am excited to take on this new role and it is indeed a privilege to be leading such a talented team. We look forward to developing a world class approach to sustainability and in the process, continuing to design fine architecture”.
DAA has become an established multi award winning practice with a portfolio including all types of housing, hotels, offices and retail schemes with a diverse and talented team who have the skills to deliver mixed-use, master planning and regeneration projects.
Chris Darling, will continue working in the studio full time, becoming the new Chair, championing the practice to the outside property and design world and concentrating on working directly with clients on strategic projects.
Chris added, “This is a key move for us – both refreshing and strengthening our leadership team and reflecting our continuing evolution as a practice.”