James is currently leading the DunnettCraven team on the restructuring of the public space in Stadsthart Almere and was responsible for the practice’s recent competition-winning submission in Fürth, Germany. He is also working on retail projects in Zoetermeer and Bonn and is responsible for shopping centre refurbishment schemes in Stockholm, Eindhoven and London.
He has wide experience of public private partnership, particularly in Germany and the Netherlands, where he has advised NS, the national railway company, extensively on redevelopment proposals in Amsterdam, Utrecht and the Zuid As.
He qualified with a first class degree and diploma from Strathclyde University in 1988 and became a registered architect in 1989 in the UK and 1992 in Germany.
James worked as an architect for Fitch-RS in London and Dusseldorf from 1987 to 1994. Competition-winning projects from this period include the Merseburg Bruhl 1991, Altmarkt Forum 1992 and Retail Centre Stendal 1993.
He then worked for BKGG, Clemens & Partner and Meyer Ernst & Partner from 1994 to 1996 before setting up Architekturburo Craven in Berlin.
He joined the MAB Concept Group in Den Haag in 1997 and was promoted to lead the group in 2003. Projects from this period include the 200,000m² mixed use Oosterdoks Eiland in Amsterdam, Pieter Vreede in Tilburg, the 160,000m² mixed use Frankfurt Zeil and Messe Haus in Leipzig.
Alessia is the project architect for our 600-apartment redevelopment of central Dartford, which includes the reuse of a number of buildings in the conservation area for commercial activities.
Her experience at DC has included both new build and refurbishment of large-scale retail projects in Stockholm, Eindhoven and a number of sites in Russia for IKEA. She was also a member of the competition-winning teams at Cherrywood in Dublin and Adygea in Russia, and contributed to the Gdansk shipyard masterplan.
Alessia has a BSc from Federico II in Naples, a Dip Arch in Sustainable Architecture from IUAV in Venice and a further MA in architectural visualisation from Venice. Prior to working at DC she worked for a number of offices in Italy as well as carrying out the design of JEEP stores in Paris and Munich.
Current and recently completed projects in London include the comprehensive redevelopment of Capitol Way, Colindale, to provide some 900 apartments, community workspace and retail facilities and a CHP plant that will serve the wider area, a 150-unit mixed tenure housing scheme in Greenwich and a 600-apartment and commercial renewal project in Dartford. He has also recently completed fit out work at the Whitechapel Gallery and a range of airside strategy and fit out projects for BAA at Terminal 5, Heathrow.
He has advised Westminster City Council on redevelopment proposals for the Berwick Street area in Soho and produced plans for the Coolsingel area of Rotterdam for the City. He has led the masterplanning teams on the Amstelveen masterplan in the Netherlands and the Gdansk shipyard project in Poland, advised on the public spaces in the Belvedere Quarter in Vienna and produced a masterplan for the restructuring of the National Museum of Art in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Recently completed major retail projects include Carosello in Milan, Donau Zentrum in Vienna, Täby Centrum in Stockholm and Metropolis in Moscow. He is currently leading the DC team on the 100,000m2 Cherrywood Town Centre project in Dublin. He advises funds such as ING and Meyer Bergman on property strategy and acquisition and Brussels Airport on retail matters.
Charles is a member of the RIBA. He qualified from the Architecture Association in 1980 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He worked for four years for BBL, mainly on residential, mixed-use and community-based projects before joining Fitch-RS in 1984 where he became the director responsible for architectural projects in London and mainland Europe. Completed projects from this period include Uxbridge Town Centre (British Steel Award), Leeds Market refurbishment (Yorkshire Conservation Award) and Crinan Street Offices, London, (DAAD Award, CDS Minerva Award, Mansell Commendation).
In the Netherlands he led a number of projects such as La Vie in Utrecht (ICSC Award), Zailland in Leuwarden (NCSC Award) and Magna Plaza in Amsterdam (ICSC Commendation, MIPIM award, Sikkens award).
He moved to the Netherlands in 1991 as head of the MAB Concept Group, focusing on large-scale inner city renewal projects, invariably carried out in public private partnership, such as De Barones in Breda, Alexandrium in Rotterdam, the Z1 masterplan in Munich and Amstelveen Town Centre, where he was also architect for the Binnenhof.
Charles returned to the UK in 1997 to set up 20|20 Architects. He carried out strategic masterplanning studies for Ottakringer Brewery in Vienna and Breuninger in Stuttgart, St Mary-le-Port, Bristol and the Bargate area in Southampton during this period, as well as retail work for clients such as Liberty.
He has lectured across Europe at conferences and universities, such as Edinburgh and the Rotterdam Academie van Bouwkunst, and held masterclasses for both the NRC and property funds. His work has been widely published and he has been architectural supervisor for the Ridderkerk Centrum plan 1998-2002 and advisor to the Council of Europe on the drafting of development guidelines for archaeologically sensitive sites. He is a director of the Whitechapel Gallery Estates Trust.
Robert joined DunnettCraven in 2005 and has led the team on a number of completed projects such as Carosello shopping centre in Milan, Chinon Centre in Hofheim am Taunas and the retail facilities at Porto airport in Portugal. He has strong 3D CAD skills and was responsible for the detailed modelling of the external facades of the Donau Zentrum shopping centre in Vienna as well as the widely acclaimed roof landscape at Carosello. He is currently the associate responsible for the open street canopy structures and other streetscape design in the OMA masterplan in Almere in the Netherlands as well as a 50,000m² retail project in Moscow.
After qualification, Robert lectured on design at the Colombian National University and Santo Tomas de Aquino Urban and won first prize in the international competition for the urban park Cerro el Volador. He was the architect for the Ciudad Botero urban renewal project and the refurbishment of the Museo de Antioquia (Medellin –Colombia) for the UN, before moving to London to obtain a Masters degree from the Architectural Association. He then worked on the Battersea Power Station project for Arup’s 3D unit before joining DC.
Mark is currently leading the team on three mixed-use projects in north London that comprise more than 1,000 apartments as well as some 12,000m2 of retail, workspace and community facilities. Since joining DC at the beginning of 2011, he has also masterplanned a new retail project in Tournai, Belgium and worked on the detailed development of centres in Sweden and Italy.
Mark qualified with a first class degree and diploma from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow (2005) and completed his training at UCL Bartlett (2006). Prior to joining DC he worked with HTA and Studio Engelback in the UK as well as a period in Greece from 2008 to 2010 as associate for KLAB architects where he led a wide range of retail, housing and workspace projects.
Brais joined us in 2015; he has worked on two new build retail projects in Geneva for DC and has responsibility within the office for the Revit model for the Cherrywood Project.