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—between Hedges & Edges

Wellbeing: The secret to happiness How can Harrow encourage inclusivity and wellbeing in new residential developments, to create a wider impact, particularly for older people? Can new buildings and streets make us ‘comfortable, healthy and happy’? How? And how is it measured? This article was a contribution to “—between hedges and edges”, a publication which

Architectural Awards

For us, significant awards, are those that recognise the wider social impact of our work and celebrate the full craft of architecture. 2018 marked RCKa’s 10th year in practice and so we’re particularly proud to celebrate our strongest awards season to date, with 5 projects so far securing or shortlisted for 6 significant awards. For us,

RCKa Privacy Policy – external and third parties

RCKa is committed to protecting the personal information of our clients – current and future, visitors to our studios and website, suppliers and contractors. This privacy notice provides information about the personal information that RCKa collects about all external and third parties such as visitors to our studio and website, clients –current and future, suppliers

A reflection on 10 years of RCKa

RCKa was founded in 2008 by Tim Riley, Russell Curtis and Dieter Kleiner to promote socially responsive design, which we referred to at the time as community-centric architecture. This wasn’t a grand gesture, more a meeting of minds and common interests evident in our respective work and approach that we applied across a broad range

Let’s hope the lessons of Carillion’s failure will be learned

This article first appeared in the Architects’ Journal, 17 January 2018 Public works need to develop a more diverse supply chain if we are to avoid another Carillion catastrophe, writes Russell Curtis The carrion crows are circling Carillion. The outsourcing leviathan, having previously gorged itself on contracting giants Tarmac, Mowlem and Alfred McAlpine, now looks

Office Trip to Vienna

The first stop in our whistle-stop visit to Vienna was a tour of Wohnprojekt Wien, set within the large urban development of Nordbahnhof. The co-housing super block by Eins Zu Eins is made up of 40 units each generously sized with 2 meter deep shared balconies orbiting the exterior timber cladding. There are 700m2 of

A Very Public House – The Green Community Centre

By 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. @dieterkleiner The Green seeks to

Blueprint’s One to Watch

By 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. @dieterkleiner I choose the curateable

Heart of the matter: Why architects need a key role in the construction process

With recent events, including the Grenfell Tower disaster, raising concerns about independent scrutiny of the construction process, Russell Curtis of RCKa Architects argues it is time for his profession to return to the heart of the design and build process. Russell oversees RCKa’s commercial and residential infill projects and is responsible for the delivery phase

After Grenfell

Russell Curtis suggests that the exclusion of architects from the construction process allows bad practice to go unchecked This article first appeared in Icon Magazine Passengers touching down at London City Airport are likely unaware that buried beneath the tarmac lie the brayed concrete remains of a 22-storey tower, the demolition of which signified a watershed

Letter to the Mayor of London

Application for a place on Mayor’s Design Advocate panel Dear Mayor Your Good Growth agenda sets out ambitious targets for the delivery of new homes and workplaces that the capital desperately needs. The volume of homes required to meet the challenges of the coming years are almost as numerous as the solutions which have been

How can buildings alleviate issues for older people?

In many ways the issues facing older people are not too dissimilar to those faced by younger generations, says RCKa’s 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

Playing the Planning System

This article is by 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, Hounslow – and is chair of Hertfordshire’s Design Review Panel.

The Lost Art of Drawing

By 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.@russellcurtis This article first appears in Building Design Magazine For all their

The choice was between flat-pack and Frank Gehry

Russell Curtis on why he’s convinced the time is finally right for his practice to embrace BIM. 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