We nurture a positive social environment that incorporates regular events such as trips to galleries and exhibitions, team lunches (where selected teams provide food based on a specific theme), film evenings (curated by the staff) and sporting events including football and softball. In addition to this, every September, our UK and Poland studios get together to unwind on our annual European trip (Lisbon in 2016, Mallorca in 2015, Valencia in 2014).
Chris set up Darling Associates Architecture in 2003, drawing on his wide-ranging experience and quickly established the company as a leading design-led practice. He offers vision and leadership in all our projects, ensuring the highest of standards in both design output and client satisfaction. After studying Architecture at the University of Edinburgh, he was awarded a Carnegie Scholarship for design and graduated with honours. Chris joined Frederick Gibberd where he was appointed Principal Associate. His main achievement was a 30,000 sqm retail centre involving extensive urban improvements. After ten years at Gibberd’s he joined Terry Farrell and Partners where he was responsible for the practice’s Crossrail team before joining Hamilton Associates in 1994. At Hamilton’s he worked on a mixture of workplace and major residential projects, and was appointed an Equity Director in 1997. He was responsible for the 40 Berkeley Square, Cambridge Business Park offices schemes together with major residential projects in London at Richmond Bridge, Artillery Mansions and Trevor Square. Chris’ interest lies with developing an architectural language around the principles of proportion, harmony and the careful selection and detailing of materials. Whilst his expertise lies in the areas of residential, hotel and offices design, he pushes the practice forward into new and constantly evolving territory, always striving to ensure the approach remains fresh and the highest standards are achieved. Outside the office he is an enthusiastic yachtsman and a keen member of Itchenor Sailing Club.
After graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture, Kate worked for a small practice concentrating on residential design projects before joining Hamilton Associates in 1999. It was here that Kate met Chris Darling and fellow directors Gareth Watkins and Liz Moran.
Kate joined Darling Associates in 2005 and specialised in residential design. This includes a specialist interior architecture team who have been involved in some of the most prestigious and award winning developments in London for leading developments such as Candy & Candy and the Berkeley Group. Kate’s team do not harbour an in-house style but instead treat each project with respect in the individual context and market needs. This team has thrived through a belief in the elegance of design, accuracy in detailing and the inherent beauty of natural materials.
She works closely with all the leading agents and many of our projects are repeat work or personal recommendations. Kate’s experience reaches out to all ends of the residential spectrum, from
affordable housing to luxury palaces. Kate believes in designing special places for people to enjoy.
Following qualification, Gareth has over 30 years of commercial experience in delivering a range of building types for institutional, developer and contractor clients.
His residential experience extends from one-off apartments for Candy & Candy to multiple affordable homes for housing associations. He also has a broad range of experience with commercial buildings with green field campus developments, international office headquarters and City office new build and refurbishment. He continues to design and deliver a wide array of industrial schemes from terraced starter units to 240,000 sq ft postal distribution centre.
Outside the office, Gareth is a keen golfer and season ticket holder at Harlequins Rugby Club.
After graduating, Liz started her professional life at Hamilton Associates before moving to Dublin where she worked for 8 years as an Associate Director at RKD Architects.
Liz joined Darling Associates in 2010 and is responsible for all aspects of design, construction and management. To date, Liz has successfully delivered a broad range of project types, from large and small-scale office developments to university, industrial and refurbishment projects, including an award winning Headquarters Development for Allied Irish Bank in Dublin.
She has expertise across a wide range of project types with particular emphasis on residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.
Damion initially studied Interior Architecture at the University of Manchester, gaining solid space planning skills before continuing on to complete his formal architectural training and a Masters in Urban Design.
Before joining Darling Associates, Damion took a lead role on a number of social and high end residential projects based in Manchester and London. In these roles he utilised his skills in urban design to negotiate increased densities, whilst preserving the individual domain and creating a strong sense of place.
In his lead role at Darling Associates, Damion focuses on new build and refurbishment projects within the commercial and residential sectors, ranging from £10-£45m. He leads a dedicated and committed team, delivering a number of schemes through all RIBA work stages.
Damion’s portfolio includes a number of mixed tenure housing schemes, sixth form colleges, private refurbishments and prototype sporting academies.
Andrew is a creative and innovative architect with extensive experience managing projects at all stages, delivering large complex projects up to the value of £130million, working in the residential, office, leisure and education sectors.
Andrew has administered traditional contracts and worked closely with Project Managers on construction management, D&B and hybrid contracts.
Andrew has been at Director or Associate level for 18 years and carries full responsibility for design and technical aspects on his projects.
Tabby joined Darling Associates in 2006 where she has specialised in the commercial, residential and leisure sectors. Her recent works include a number of highend residential projects such as 20 Victoria Gardens in Notting Hill Gate and 140-142 Great Portland Street in Westminster, as well as large-scale office refurbishment projects such as 160 Brompton Road in Knightsbridge.
Her other projects include the award winning Boundary Road, Fermoy Road and Great Peter Street residential developments. Tabby studied architecture at the University of Greenwich and qualified as an architect in 2005. She has worked in a number of practices throughout her student and working life including the Graham Seabrook Partnership 2000-2001 and Jefferson Sheard Architects Ltd 2003-2006. She has also worked for the government-funded architecture trust ‘The Architecture Centre’ where she helped put together redevelopment competitions to regenerate local areas.
She has experience in a variety of sectors including retail and healthcare and her previous corporate clients include HSBC and Marks & Spencer.
Valia graduated from London South Bank University with distinction in design and got shortlisted for the ‘President Medals 2005’ RIBA competition. She qualified at London Metropolitan University in September 2008.
Prior to her qualification, she spent one year with a small design-led practice in Athens, where she worked on residential and masterplanning schemes located in various Greek islands, as well as the capital.
Valia joined Darling Associates in 2006. She has successfully completed a variety of prestigious developments in West End including The Saint Martins Lofts and Penthouse 59. She is currently working on a number of high profile projects in different stages of development in central London.
She was appointed Project Director in 2017.
Thomas joined Darling Associates in 2014, following 5 years at Foster + Partners. Since joining, Thomas has been working on a selection of residential projects ranging from affordable to high end, including Ashbridge Street, Woodberry Park and 35 Marylebone High Street.
Thomas graduated from the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University in 2009. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked for Foster + Partners in London, on a range of international projects in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Morocco, alongside residential and commercial projects in central London.
Current projects include the interior architecture of a 183 residential unit scheme in North London, incorporating pool/gym/spa facilities and a high end residential development consisting of 19 apartments and 5 Townhouses, working alongside Dixon Jones Architects.
Nora joined Darling Associates in 2010 where she has specialised in the commercial and residential sector. Her recent works includes the large scale mixed use (residential and education) scheme of Lollard Street with 89 affordable and private residential units and a new build nursery, high-end residential projects such as One Tower Bridge, Charing Cross Road and the Sir Bani Yas Island Royal Villas, a complex apartment scheme at Kew Bridge West and a complex large-scale mixed-use scheme with a 20 storey residential tower, a 100 bedroom hotel and an affordable block on Uxbridge Road, Ealing. She also took part recently in a high-end office project on Market Street, Maidenhead.
Nora studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. She has worked in a number of practices throughout her student and working life including 4D Architect Studio 2007-2008 and Tanos and Vonnak Architect Studio 2005 in Hungary.
Nora moved to the UK in 2008 when she joined KCA Architects where she worked on a large scale student housing scheme. Later that year she joined Charles Barclay Architect 2008-2010 where she worked on a number of small scale residential projects for private clients.
Prior to joining Darling Associates in 2014, Bartosz has worked on a range of architectural projects in Poland, San Diego, Dublin and Berlin.
He has experience in delivering of a broad range of projects including large-scale residential developments, refurbishment, masterplanning and commercial projects.
Tomas has a strong technical background in architecture which spans back to 2003 when he obtained an Architectural Technology diploma and gained an entry level architectural experience at a small practice in Dublin. In 2007, upon completion of his BA in Architecture from Queens University in Belfast, Tomas relocated to London. He gained experience of different RIBA project stages, from design to construction, by assisting architects in a range of projects during his three year appointment at Glenn Howell Architects.
Since joining Darling Associates in 2010, Tomas has been involved in the design as well as the production information of various schemes. His current responsibilities include the design development for a series of prestigious residential, hotels, leisure and commercial projects.
Rupert joined Darling Associates in 2011 as a Part I Architectural Assistant and developed his skills here over a two year period. During this time he was involved in a variety of projects including high end residential developments, listed buildings and mixed use developments. He took these opportunities to build up his knowledge of the complexities of the construction process becoming a key member on a number of projects.
His experience spans over all phases, from design development to final site construction.
He rejoined the practice recently having graduated with a Masters in Architecture, RIBA Part II, from Westminster University, and has continued to add to his skill set and be a valuable asset to the office.
Akos joined Darling Associates in 2014 and is responsible for projects in central London at present. His specialisation includes residential, public, hospitality and commercial projects.
Current projects include a large scale local authority project in Lambeth, with main involvement in the design for the Nursery part of the development.
Akos graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, Technical University Budapest in 2013. Prior to joining Darling Associates, he worked in Budapest and Rotterdam. He was responsible for the design, management and delivery of various projects. His portfolio include large-scale mixed use developments, new build hospitality projects, innovative award winning building solutions, refurbishment and masterplanning.
Rachael joined Darling Associates in 2014 and comes from a diverse background in commercial, residential and automotive projects in the UK.
Rachael has extensive experience in high end residential projects in Central London including refurbishments of Grade II Listed properties and mixed use developments.
Rachael is currently working on a number of projects at various stages in Central London and Bristol, including 3 Glass Wharf, a new-build office in Temple Quay.
Rachael enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.
Tibor has a strong technical knowledge which he obtained at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. After the completion of his M.Sc. in Architecture and Building Engineering in 2008 he joined London based Charles Barclay Architects where he has worked on an extensive number of small scale residential projects from RIBA stages 2 to 7.
Since joining Darling Associates in 2010 Tibor’s main responsibility was the detail design and coordination of the construction of many project including the Point - an award winning high-end commercial development in Maidenhead - and the Ampersand - a prestigious commercial, retail and residential scheme in central London.
Currently Tibor is a project director on South Audley Square, a prime high end residential scheme in the heart of Mayfair.
James arrived in 2013 with a Masters in Architectural Design with a specialisation in International Regeneration and Development from Oxford Brookes University. With previous experience in festival stage construction and small bespoke residential and commercial projects James was keen to build his knowledge of larger urban scale projects.
Since joining James has been working on a selection of large scale offices, bespoke interior planning and large mix-use developments in varying locations and contexts. These include Bridge House a 150,000sqft new build office in Uxbridge, College Road a 32 Storey mixed use tower in Croydon and Ashley House & Chadwick Street a new 102 unit high end residential development in Victoria.
James has been involved in the outlay of Autodesk Revit in the office and is currently undertaking his Part III qualification at Westminster University.
Catherine joined Darling Associates in 2014 and comes from a diverse background in residential, conservation and defence projects in the UK.
Since joining the practice Catherine has gained extensive experience in high end residential developments, with a particular interest in interior architecture and space planning.
Catherine is currently working on a number of large scale residential projects at various stages in Central London.
Catherine enjoys working with all members of the design and construction team to deliver projects from inception through to completion.
Floreana graduated as an architect and building engineer from University of Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy) with first-class honours in 2005. After gaining a year of experience working at AMC Associati where she got involved in a wide variety of projects, she moved to London. Floreana joined Darling Associates in 2007 and since then she has been an integral part of the team involved in numerous successfully delivered schemes across London, Abu Dhabi and in Sydney. She has predominantly worked in various luxury residential schemes such as One Hyde Park and One Tower Bridge for Berkeley Homes, where she led the team from concept to site. Floreana has recently been involved in One Sydney Harbour project and been responsible for the interiors design of Renzo Piano’s three towers. For this project she has been seconded in Sydney for few months and coordinate the work from there. She is currently involved on few office refurbishement project in central London for Cheval Property.
Oliver joined Darling Associates in 2014, with a diverse background in graphic design, branding, photography and digital development. He graduated with a 1st Degree honours in Interactive Media Production from Bournemouth University in 2008, specialising in digital design technologies. At architectural visualisation agency Cityscape Digital, he designed and developed interactive architectural visualisations for use in pre-planning, planning and marketing for architects and developers. He also helped to deliver townscape reports for some of London’s highest profile property developments, including Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Barracks and the Earls Court redevelopment. As a marketing-centric designer, his main responsibility at Darling Associates is to oversee and maintain the quality of all aspects of Darling Associates’ print and digital graphics output across the studio. This includes working closely with all senior management to deliver visually engaging brochures, reports, fee proposals, branding and other marketing collateral. Other roles include in-house support for Adobe Creative Suite software, managing social media, company events management and digital photography. He was promoted to Associate in 2015.
After studying Architecture at the University of Milan, and qualifying as an architect in Italy, Camilla joined Pareschi and Tamborini in Milan, where she overlooked numerous projects ranging from small luxury residential refurbishments to large new build schemes as well as completing a large change of use scheme in a listed building in central Milan.
In July 2004, Camilla relocated to London and joined Darling Associates. Her experience has grown with the practice and she has been involved in numerous residential schemes. Her portfolio includes mostly private luxury residential schemes in central London, affordable and new built schemes in greater London.
In the role of Director of architectural interiors she is at the centre of the practice’s design knowledge and ensures this benefits all Darling projects. She aims to achieve the best possible design solution for every type of residential property from luxury accommodation to shared ownership. She also provides unique designs solutions for hi-end private spa facilities and communal spaces in the private rental market sector.
After studying Architecture and Building Engineer at the University of Cagliari, Italy, she went on to work for Massimiliano Fuksas’ architectural practice in Rome. While there she worked on international and local projects of different natures, ranging from design competitions to working drawings. Her main project achievement was the New European Congress Centre in Rome, which she followed through all the stages of the design process.
After two years at Fuksas’ she joined Fosters and Partners in London in 2007 and has since worked on the Central Market Project in Abu Dhabi, being involved in the design of the project through to overseeing construction. In 2009 she relocated to Abu Dhabi, joining the Central Market team on site. She relocated to the London head office of F+P in 2012, working on a variety of prestigious projects such as the Zayed National Museum in collaboration with the British Museum, the interior design and fit-out of the Index Office tower, the winning competition of the Mobility Pavilion for Dubai 2020.
In June 2016, Laura joined Darling Associates and has since worked on a new office building in Bristol and a high profile residential project in central London. She was made an Associate in February 2017.
After studying Architecture at University of Florence, Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya and qualifying as an architect in Italy, Vania joined Anna Conti Architecture in Florence, where she managed several in-house projects as well as carrying out research on contemporary housing.
In July 2006, Vania relocated to London and joined Darling Associates. Her experience has grown with the practice and she has been involved in several residential and commercial schemes.
Her portfolio includes private residential schemes in Ealing, Chelsea and Abu Dhabi, an affordable scheme in the Isle of Dogs comprising 189 apartments, hotels and commercial schemes in Ealing and Maidenhead.
Vania become part of the practice’s Design & Masterplanning team and was appointed as Associate.
We have thrived through a belief in the elegance of design, accuracy in detailing, and the inherent beauty of natural materials.
We work in a range of affordable to luxury residential projects, hotels, offices and retail schemes – and our diverse and talented team have the skills to deliver mixed-use, masterplanning and regeneration projects.
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