About

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 and socially responsive architecture.

We’re passionate about producing socially responsive architecture, beautiful buildings that respond and resonate with people and place. This approach integrates stakeholders and users in the design process to ensure proposals support use.

We believe that only by developing a deeper knowledge of those who will use our buildings, and testing proposals with them, are we truly able to innovate.

RCKa benefits from an enthusiastic and capable team. We celebrate the diversity and breadth of experience that comes from varying backgrounds, and believe that this helps us to design places better suited to the people that live, work and play in them.

Ours is a collaborative and inclusive studio; we apply equal weight to the opinions of everyone – an approach which extends to our collaborations with other consultants, clients and the community, and which enriches the buildings and places we design.

Tim Riley

Founding Director

Russell Curtis

Founding Director

Dieter Kleiner

Founding Director

Wendy Charlton

Operations Director

Alan Beveridge

Associate

Tahera Rouf

Associate

Anthony Staples

Associate

Robin Turner

Associate

Chris Barnes

Senior Architect

Michael Pitman

Senior Architect

Andrea Villate

Senior Architect

Rhiona Williams

Architect

Tom Hart

Architect

Anna Crew

Part II

Quincy Haynes

Part II

Samuel Letchford

Part II

Ben Summers

Part II

Daria Szmucer

Part I

Shukri Elmi

Studio Manager

RCKa is a people-focused practice of architects, designers and policy makers

Our mission is to:

Enhance the wellbeing of individuals
Foster a working culture of trust that provides meaningful opportunities, responsibilities and support for employees to flourish. A place where differences are celebrated and where fairness, equality and equity for all voices is actively promoted. A place where pay, structured benefits and enhancements are in place to support needs, careers, wellbeing and personal growth.

Enable communities to thrive
Unlock and promote social value – nurture new networks and strengthen those already established – to help communities flourish. Call upon our experience, skills and connections to increase the agency of communities and ensure they play a meaningful role in shaping the places they live and work in to address their needs for today and into the future.

Help society realise its economic, social and environmental goals
Use our influence to affect positive change to peoples lives by addressing societal issues by placing people at the centre of the conversation