David Kohn MA DipArch (Cantab) ARB RIBA FRSA


David founded the practice in 2007 and was awarded UK 'Young Architect of the Year' in 2009. He has over 20 years design leadership experience and sets the direction of all projects. These have ranged from award-winning exhibitions to galleries and interiors to urban strategies. He is particularly interested in collaboration, having worked with artists Fiona Banner, Simon Fujiwara and Pablo Bronstein. David is a committed educator and lectures internationally on architecture and design. He currently leads a Diploma unit at the Architectural Association.

Elizabeth Rabineau MSc PGDiplCons

Practice Manager

Following a career in the art world, Elizabeth joined DKA as Practice Manager. She was formerly a Director in the Museums Department at Christie’s and worked with collectors and donors at Tate, the National Gallery and the Courtauld. Previous to this, she studied Architectural History (The Bartlett) and Architectural Conservation (Edinburgh College of Art). 

Marine Mérindol BSc MA

New Business Manager

Marine’s background merges international experience of growing businesses and delivering high-level cultural projects with an Art History degree from the Sorbonne. She joined DKA as New Business Manager following 11 years at Magnum Photos, most recently as the agency’s first Business Director in Asia. At DKA, she works closely with our clients and is responsible for identifying and developing new opportunities for our architects to create projects of excellence.

Philip Dring BA PGDip ARB RIBA

Senior Architect

Philip leads the practice's education team, including the £45m new quadrangle for New College, Oxford. Prior to joining DKA, Philip was a Director at Nicholas Hare Architects, specialising in the delivery of large-scale education projects. Most recently, he led a team delivering a £40m campus for the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation.

Kevin Gray BA(Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA

Technical Director

Kevin provides leadership in the technical delivery of projects. He has over 20 years’ industry experience which includes 15 years at Rogers Stirk Harbour, where he led the delivery of their £160m extension to the British Museum, Antwerp Law Courts (£86m) and One Hyde Park (£250m), amongst other projects.

Jessica Lyons BA MA (RCA) ARB

Team Leader

Jessica leads the practice’s arts team. She was project architect for the V&A’s highly acclaimed Photography Centre which opened in 2018, as well as gallery and exhibition design projects for the Whitechapel Gallery and Wellcome Collection. She is currently overseeing a pair of creative studio buildings for London’s Greenwich Design District, along with a collaborative installation between David Kohn and artist Pablo Bronstein for the National Trust.

Matthew Volsen BA MA (RCA) ARB

Team Leader

Matthew leads the practice’s masterplanning and development team. He is currently working on the new campus for New College, Oxford, as well as leading a collaborative research project investigating new urban planning models. Alongside his project work, Matthew leads the practice's support teams covering IT, systems and quality assurance.

Jennifer Dyne BSc(Hons) MArch PGDipArch ARB

Team Leader

Jennifer co-leads the practice’s houses and interiors team. She is currently overseeing new-build and refurbishment residential projects in London, Buckinghamshire and Dorset, both as Architect and Contract Administrator. Previous to this, she completed exhibition designs for the 2017 Turner Prize (hosted at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull) and London’s Waddington Custot gallery.

Jenny Hill BA (Hons) AA Dipl ARB

Team Leader

Jenny co-leads the practice’s houses and interiors team. Jenny is leading two residential refurbishments of agricultural buildings in rural Devon and a new-build apartment in Camden, not far from the DKA studio. She has recently worked towards the Employer’s Requirements for New College, Oxford.

Luca Bosco MArch (Porto) BA (Milan)

Architectural Assistant

Since joining DKA, Luca has been an integral part of the studio’s New College, Oxford team, working on the project from Stage 2. He is also contributing to DKA’s collaborative research project on new urban planning models, as well as DKA’s digital archive.

Julia Cramer BSc MSc RWTH

Architectural Assistant

Julia leads a project, in collaboration with Belgian studio Bovenbouw, to remodel an 18th-century beguinage in Hasselt, Belgium to house the local university’s architecture faculty. Prior to this, she worked on DKA’s residential projects in Berlin and London.

Tom Whittaker BA DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Tom is currently project lead of a new-build home nearing completion in Dorset. He was also responsible for leading the team which won a major competitive bid to remodel a historic Belgian beguinage for use as an educational building, a project which will commence in late 2019.

Bushra Mohamed BA MArch

Architectural Assistant

Bushra leads a number of arts, cultural and residential projects. She has a number of years of professional practice, having previously worked for architecture studios in London and the Netherlands. Bushra currently runs a Diploma unit together with David Kohn at the AA. 

Nicola Blake BA MA(Cantab) DipArch

Architectural Assistant

Nicola is currently undertaking the RIBA Part 3 qualification at the University of Westminster. She has worked on a variety of projects at DKA, including New College, Oxford and the Greenwich Design District, as well as the refurbishment of an agricultural building in rural Devon to provide a private home and an artist’s studio.

Tarn Phillip BA MArch

Architectural Assistant

Tarn’s project work includes the Stage 2 development of New College, Oxford and, more recently, the Greenwich Design District. Outside of the studio, he has been involved since 2016 in an Arcadia-funded project to document new rock cut churches in Ethiopia.

Mungo Adam-Smith BA(Hons)

Architectural Assistant

Mungo is a talented modelmaker and was involved in the design and fabrication of the studio’s collaboration with artist Simon Fujiwara for the Whitechapel Gallery, as well as in the design of an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection.