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Two NLA Awards Nominations

We are delighted that our recently completed project The Nourish Hub has been shortlisted in this year’s NLA awards both in the learning category and for the community prize. It has been a real pleasure working on this democratic social space alongside Inner Circle Consulting, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and UK Harvest, which hosted a series of workshops

Boughton Heath wins a Housing Design Award

RCKa is delighted to have won yet another Housing Design Award – our fourth in five years. With planning secured in late 2020, the Boughton Heath development is our first for Retirement Villages Group, and when complete will be the UK’s first project of its type to achieve Fitwel certification which measures building’s performance for

2021 AJ Architecture Awards

RCKa is delighted that its Ryde Nicholson Road innovation masterplan has been shortlisted for the 2021 Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards. The project, for Isle of Wight Council, proposes a sustainable infrastructure to help promote inward investment and to nurture home-grown enterprise. Centred around a new civic hub, providing social amenities including healthcare and retail uses,


Through the Re-Set-Go programme, I was placed with RCKa and spent the course of my six-week placement working on a small site project located in Lewisham. The proposal is a part of Lewisham’s Local plan and the affordable housing scheme. Focusing on the small sites document, I used this to inform my design approach and

Tim Riley

A founding director of RCKa, and with experience in delivering large scale regeneration projects and strategic masterplanning, Tim is responsible for delivering the practice’s residential work. He also sits on design review panels for the London Borough of Harrow and Hounslow – and is chair of Hertfordshire’s Design Review Panel. Having worked on projects including


RCKa provides an innovative model for 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

23a Leyton Road

A later living development in Harpenden, providing 38 homes with communal facilities, a community cafe and landscaped courtyards.


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Nourish Hub

RCKa was commissioned by Hammersmith & Fulham Council to work with the local community and design a new mixed-use workspace and community food hub within the Edward Woods Estate.

Russell Curtis

Russell oversees RCKa’s commercial and residential infill projects and is responsible for the delivery phase of the practice’s work. He sits on design review panels for LLDC and the London Boroughs of Croydon and Newham, and is a Mayor’s Design Advocate. With extensive experience including high-end retail, new-build and refurbishment as well as research buildings

Planning permission granted for new hostel for homeless families

We are thrilled with the decision of Camden councillors to grant permission for a new hostel for homeless families, designed by RCKa. When complete, the scheme in Camden Road will provide 39 new bedrooms for those in need of temporary accommodation, together with a community sitting room with a sunken courtyard. Every room is a

Lewisham Small Sites SPD

RCKa has recently completed a new Supplementary Planning Document for Lewisham Council, which sets out ways in which the borough intends to meet its London Plan small sites housing target.

Dieter Kleiner

Dieter is a founding director of RCKa and leads our asset regeneration and community projects. He is an expert in community engagement, and sits on a number of design review panels including the London Boroughs of Haringey and Kingston. Dieter is also a CABE Built Environment Expert. Dieter is responsible for the practice’s interest in

RCKa wins Architect of the Year Social Impact Award

RCKa has been crowned winner of the inaugural Social Impact Award at this year’s Architect of the Year Awards, organised by Building Design mazagine. The social impact category was included in this year’s programme to recognise those practices which make a tangible difference to the quality of people’s lives, including end users and the wider


Working as part of a team led by Stirling Prize winners Mikhail Riches, RCKa has been appointed to help masterplan the last new neighbourhood in the Olympic Park.

Wendy Charlton

Wendy is responsible for managing RCKa in terms of quality and policy standards, resourcing and finances; drawing on her experience and knowledge to implement tangible processes and procedures. Her skill lies in her ability to act as the client within the office, ensuring that deadlines and targets are met. Wendy has over 25 years’ experience

Gants Hill Community Hub

The Gants Hill Community Hub will serve residents from across the Gants Hill area, including the wards of Barkingside, Clayhall, Cranbrook, Fullwell, Valentines and Aldborough. For this reason, it was important to involve people from all these areas and really understand the identity of each ward from the people who reside in them.  After giving

Alan Beveridge

Alan joined RCKa in 2010 having graduated from the Macintosh School of Architecture. His attention to detail and inquisitive mind soon resulted in a project-running role within the office, culminating in the complete detailed design of a complex new-build house in Richmond in 2012. Alan started at RCKa as a part one assistant and we’re

The Granville

Community-led regeneration of a workspace and community hub in South Kilburn.

Kindness in a time of crisis – RCKa’s Coronavirus update

The creative industry has an important role to play at this time of heightened concern, donning our optimistic specs to share and celebrate stories of support and resilience, whilst seeking solutions that directly improve people’s lives. As many will have found in considering their Coronavirus response and business continuity plan, there are two distinct aspects

Chandos Way and Britten Close

One of London’s largest rooftop extension projects providing over 30,000 sqft of new residential accommodation.

Tahera Rouf

Tahera joined RCKa in 2016 having studied at the University of East London. Since joining RCKa, Tahera has been Project Architect for the delivery of our 38 unit PegasusLife Park House scheme in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. Tahera has extensive experience in the education sector having been lead Architect on many schools and higher education schemes. She

Hortsley, Seaford

Hortsley represents an exemplar project for retirement living, providing 39 new homes designed from the outset to enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Anthony Staples

Anthony is an architect and associate at RCKa with experience working across the public and private sectors. Anthony has particular expertise in community engagement and participatory design. He is motivated by a desire to empower and enable diverse communities to achieve a meaningful stake in shaping their built environment. Anthony’s recent work has helped RCKa

Season’s Greetings from RCKa

As another year draws to a close we’re delighted to reflect on twelve more successful months during which RCKa has grown to more than twenty people and expanded into exciting new areas of work. Highlights from 2019 include our appointment to an exceptional team charged with masterplanning a new neighbourhood for the Olympic Park, and

Arklow Road

The transformation of a handsome 1920’s industrial office building into 44 affordable and market homes for local young professionals and families keen to get on the housing ladder

Robin Turner

Robin joined RCKa in 2020, and has since worked on a range of projects from supplementary planning guidance for Lewisham council, to site capacity studies for developers. He is currently leading on Boughton Heath, a new-build retirement village of 147 dwellings in Chester, targeting net-zero carbon and Fitwel accreditation. Prior to joining RCKa, Robin worked

Park House wins Inside Housing Development Award

RCKa’s Park House development in Harpenden, for specialist developer PegasusLife, has been awarded the 2019 Inside Housing Development Award for Best Older People’s Housing under 50 units. Later living development in Harpenden wins award for best older people’s housing development up to 50 Homes. Judges applauded the scheme’s bold reinterpretation of the Arts & Crafts

King Edward’s Road

A proposal for a small site in Hackney provides five exceptional new homes and workspace for a local housing association.

Chris Barnes

Chris joined RCKa in 2020, having studied at London Metropolitan University. Bringing his extensive experience in the education sector to RCKa, Chris is currently working to deliver a new exemplar SEND education and therapy centre in Surrey. Passionate about sustainable architecture, Chris recently qualified as a certified Passivhaus Designer. Chris previously worked at Cottrell and

Office Trip to Eindhoven

We started off our trip with a tour of the Strijp-S neighbourhood, a former industrial park which belonged to Philips. The area has undergone a huge shift in use and reputation since the departure of Philips in the late 90s, although remnants of the heritage remain and have contributed to the character of the area.

Small Sites Website

RCKa has published an open-access web portal which provides easy access to a wide range of planning data for each of the London boroughs

Michael Pitman

Michael joined RCKa in 2013 as Project Architect for the delivery of Pegasus Hortsley, a contemporary later living development in the south coast town of Seaford, East Sussex. The project received a Housing Design Award in 2019. Michael was involved in RCKa’s implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM), utilising Autodesk Revit to increase efficiency and

RCKa Studio Late: Transcending Boundaries

RCKa has always believed that there are many ways architects can be more engaged with the people and communities who live and work in – and around – the places we create. This can take many forms. We have helped communities with fundraising, such as our TNG Youth Centre, where we supported local young people

Enfield Business Centre

The Enfield Business Centre is an enterprise support hub which provides in-house and online training, advice and guidance to local entrepreneurs and the wider business community in Enfield.

Andrea Villate

Andrea joined RCKa in 2019. She previously worked at Perkins&Will where she was involved in projects across multiple sectors in the UK and abroad. Key projects include the fit-out of a listed building in Blackfriars, as well as two new-build offices in Oxford and Cambridge. She also worked on the winning entry for the European

RCKa Wins Housing Design HAPPI Award for PegasusLife Hortsley

We’ve secured our second Housing Design Award in two years, winning the HAPPI award at a ceremony in London last night. The Housing Design Awards were launched in 1948 – in the same sitting of Parliament that created the NHS – to reward better municipal post-war rebuilding, but was opened up to market sale homes

Rhiona Williams

Rhiona joined RCKa in autumn 2018, after graduating with her MArch from University of Bath. Rhiona graduated with a first-class honours degree for her Part 1 at the University of Bath. She previously worked at Keep Architecture, a young practice in Bristol focusing on a range of masterplan, mixed use and resi schemes. Rhiona’s main

Boughton Heath

An extra-care development at Boughton Heath in Chester which places wellbeing, sustainability and community cohesion at its heart.

The Granville wins New London Awards’ Community Prize

The Granville, completed last year by RCKa on behalf of the South Kilburn Trust, Brent Council and the Mayor of London, won the prestigious Community Prize at this year’s New London Architecture Awards. The New London Awards, launched nine years ago by New London Architecture (NLA) and held annually at the Guildhall in the City

The Golf Belt

In August 2021, RCKa director Russell Curtis published research into the extent of London’s land set aside for golf courses.

Tom Hart

Tom joined RCKa in 2014 as a part one assistant and has recently returned to the practice after completing his studies at the University of Sheffield. His thesis project created a political theatre and a public free space within Sheffield’s city centre in response to the heavy-handed approach of the city council to citizen protest

PegasusLife Hortsley wins Sussex Heritage Award

RCKa’s Hortsley development in Seaford, East Sussex has won the 2019 Sussex Heritage Award for Large-Scale Residential at a ceremony held at Pangdean Old Barn in Pyecombe. There were a total of 97 entries for this year’s award, which was established in 1999 to “recognise and reward the highest quality conservation, restoration and good design

Anna Crew

Anna joined RCKa in 2021 after graduating from the MArch programme at Queen’s University Belfast with distinction. Her thesis was an examination of civic languages of architecture and the structural mediation between proposed and existing fabric. Her final year project proposed a re-imagining of the parliament building at Stormont as a civic performance space, and

Camden Road Hostel

Camden Road Hostel is one of a suite of temporary accommodation projects forming a key part of the council’s Community Investment Programme