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DS Squared Architects are design driven on making clients’ needs and aspirations a realisation. Intertwining function, permanence and beauty, great design captures imaginations, transforms organisations and brings return on capital investments.

 

Architecture not only reflects our time and culture, but also shapes it. As Architects and designers, we create settings to inspire the way we live, learn, heal, work and play. It is our essential humanity that moves us to do good, create places that facilitate activity and bring joy to the human spirit.

 

Design reinvigorates, reinvents and conserves resources and at DS Squared Architects we cultivate the power of design through talent, experience, technical expertise and innovative processes. We place design at the heart of all our thinking and work.

Dipesh Shah

Principal + Senior Architect

Dipesh first fell into architecture by chance and has since had the conviction he had found his true calling. He started his professional career with a small practice moving on to larger firms. During this time, he collected a number of different project types under his belt from domestic to commercial, healthcare and higher education with contract values ranging from £10,000 to £360m. After accumulating all these experiences, Dipesh launched his own practice in 2007, where he continues to champion a wide range of works. He is a firm believer that a successful project stems from efficient communication and clarity in the delivery of concepts. For Dipesh, there are no problems; there are only opportunities.

Melissa Collaro

Associate

Melissa joined DS Squared Architects in 2015 after winning a short term scholarship at a world renowed Architectural Practice in Italy. She studied at Politecnico of Milan for her undergraduate and moved on to University of Genova to read her Masters where she obtained high recognition for developing a thesis about the ‘role of the Architect’. Having worked in several European cities such as Milan, Barcelona and London in the fashion and architectural fields; design has been at the forefront her achievements. Melissa’s passion remains in fashion but she brings to the table the desire of good taste and form transposing into function. Outside of work, Melissa is an Associate RIBA member and activily takes part in the North London Architects Group, she is a Trustee Member at Petite Miracle, a charity which reduces unemployment through training and work experience in traditional building skills encouraging the candidates to better themselves.

Karolina Reszko

Architect

After graduating from the Technical University of Gdansk, Poland, Karolina started her professional experience in an award-winning practice in Dublin. During those two years she worked on a full spectrum of housing, institutional, commercial and residential projects, for both public and private clients. Karolina gained extensive experience at all stages of design, from inception to completion. The first major scheme she was involved in was a €1 million refurbishment for The Office of Public Works in Ireland. Since joining DS Squared Architects in 2010, Karolina has overseen a variety of projects, where approach is focused on applying the highest level of available technology to improve the social and environmental effectiveness of buildings. Karolina focuses on the application of environmental design technologies to building projects were energy, materials and consumption are key design drivers.

Antoinne Edghill

Architectural Technician

Antoinne established his interest in technical design while studying at the University of Westminster. Since 2014, he has developed his knowledge at DS Squared Architects by working closely on the construction phases of new build residential schemes. He particularly enjoys detailing complex junctions and seeing the proposals come to life on site. Curiosity of how things come together translates in his interest in rebuilding and racing motorbikes.

Errol Houston

Part I Architectural Assistant

Following a degree in architecture at London Metropolitan University, Errol joined DS Squared Architects in 2015. He has since been involved with preparing planning packages for various bespoke residential projects. He particularly enjoys working on schemes at the early stages, using creative hand drawing techniques to develop the design. Errol is a competitive athlete and runs at various races across the UK. He has also been working on a range of photography projects which has regularly been incorporated in his career.

Neil Niblett

Healthcare Specialist

Neil has over 25 years’ experience in the field of Primary Healthcare buildings. He is also an advisor to the NHS Estates and was part of the working party who formulated the revised Cost Rent Schedule and Premises Guidance – ‘A Commentary’. Neil has provided guidance to many PCT/LHBs in England and Wales as well as General Practitioners on all aspects of development. His knowledge and understanding of Primary Healthcare, user requirements and building procurement and design is varied and extensive. He also has the benefit of schemes from the user, developer and designer’s viewpoint. He has an understanding of the role of Solicitors and Accountants and thus can act as co-ordinator to ensure a smooth and efficient project programme.

Kirit Pindoriya

Hospitality

Kirit has secured himself as being at the forefront of innovative and inspiring design, focusing on quality and integrity for clients all over the world. He has completed interior design projects for a wide range of clients in residential, hospitality, restaurant and commercial sectors. Each project is carefully managed by Kirit, working to a detailed specification system which provides documentation on every aspect of the design process. It is this meticulous attention to detail, applied to all projects we take great pride in. His breadth of experience can provide a bespoke design for your project whilst managing every stage. Kirit’s philosophy is that ``every great design begins with an ever better understanding``. We pride ourselves in working in close collaboration with our clients and their teams so that every project provides a unique and fresh design whilst incorporating an understanding of the culture, aesthetics and values. This tailor-made approach ensures that our clients gain value to their establishments, affirming their corporate identities and strengthening their brands. Every great design begins with an ever better understanding!

Dan Roycroft

Planning Consultant

Dan is a Chartered Town Planner with extensive experience of projects in residential and commercial sectors. Having graduated from the University of the West of England with a Masters Degree in Town and Country Planning, he joined a small consultancy in the South of England where he gained experience in a variety of projects and quickly rose through the ranks. He then moved on to manage the in-house planning team for a residential developer where he gained an excellent understanding of how financial viability can impact a development’s deliverability – a key consideration for most of our clients. Since 2016, Dan has managed the busy planning teams at two successful consultancies, building an impressive list of planning permissions achieved and appeals won for challenging proposals that others have dismissed as having ‘no hope’. Dan’s work has had him involved in sites across the country, but predominately in London and the South.

Pritesh Bhanderi

Building Services

Pritesh’s experience stems from his early career working as an electrician onsite and has expanded with a move into wider building services having previously worked for an international multidisciplinary consultancy. With years of experience in the buildings services, Pritesh has the expertise required to oversee full design, specification and supervision of building services in all types of buildings. His experience of projects from early design stage through to technical design and site monitoring ensures Pritesh is well equipped to deliver projects to a successful completion.

Nilesh Patel

Building Services

Nilesh is a competent and reliable professional with a comprehensive knowledge of designing mechanical systems to the required brief, focusing on economy, energy, sustainability, compliance and quality. He is experienced in all design stages of a project, starting from concept right through to implementation, witness commissioning and handover. Nilesh is a creative team player who is highly motivated and delivers unique solutions to mechanical design.

Sonali Shah

Administration