Elisa Engel

Elisa has a strong track record of delivering education buildings and community architecture with a particular focus on involving end-users in design processes.

Born in Germany, Elisa has lived in Swaziland, Botswana and the UK. She has worked for Rivington Street Studio, Peter Rich Architects and for Walters and Cohen, where she was an Associate.

She has designed and delivered a wide range of educational facilities, giving her a strong grounding in how to engage with a range of different stakeholders while delivering well considered, beautiful buildings on limited budgets.

For Architecture for Humanity, she designed and project managing a youth centre in Botswana. On returning to the UK, Elisa became a Trustee at Architecture for Humanity London.

Elisa has been a design tutor on the Architecture courses at the University of Botswana, at Coventry University and at the University of Bath. She is passionate about improving access to the profession for people from all backgrounds.




Richard Hadley

Richard has a wealth of knowledge of the intricacies in dealing with existing buildings and particularly within a conservation context. He specialises in revitalising existing structures and innovating within tight budgets.

Originally from Bangor, Northern Ireland, he studied at the Queen's University Belfast, the Mackintosh School of Architecture , Oxford Brookes University and University College London. 

With Des Ewing Architects in Belfast and BC/A in London he used his experience in design to provide exceptional and signature homes for clients and their families. At FSP in London, Richard worked on commercial projects, while developing an understanding of working with existing and historically significant structures. He built on this experience as project architect on the renovation of Cabinet Office buildings while working for Fielden and Mawson in London.

Richard is Chair of Governors of Highbury Fields Girl’s School in Islington and enjoys helping to inspire and support young people.

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Stephen  J Kirk

Stephen has many years’ experience in delivering architectural projects across a wide range of sectors, particularly in residential and commercial architecture.

Stephen hails from Dundalk, Ireland. He studied at the Queen’s University Belfast and at Oxford Brookes University, graduating with a Diploma in Architecture with Merit in 2010.

With Van Dijk Architects, Stephen designed homes, creches, fire stations, commercial schemes and masterplans for whole communities. Since moving to London he has worked with HKR Architects on a major office development in the City of London and latterly with PCKO Architects and Child Graddon Lewis Architects on social and affordable housing.

His interest is in architectural theory and research, as well as exhibition and furniture design. His dissertation ‘Open Road’ was awarded the Best Dissertation prize and was nominated for the RIBA Dissertation Medal.

Stephen has been an invited guest tutor for Research Led Design at Oxford Brookes University.