Pawel Piechowicz
Architect MSc in Architecture and Urban Planning 

Pawel joined PCKO in 2013 bringing with him an array of experience having worked in the field of high-quality residential, mixed-use and commercial architecture in central London. He encompasses both excellent architectural and graphic design skills.

 

He has quickly become a valuable team member of PCKO and has worked on a number of schemes. He has successfully worked on various projects, to include; St Mary’s Island in Chatham for Countryside Properties, a competition winning scheme, Cameron Close, one of the largest PassivHaus schemes in the UK and high profile Acton Gardens, Phase 4 Masterplan and design proposal.

Cristina Grimaldos
Architectural Assistant Recognised Architect - Qualification from Barcelona 

Cristina joined PCKO in 2015 and has since become a valued member of the team. Cristina is an excellent team player and is eager to and is, continually learning and evolving in her role through working with her peers.

 

On starting with the practise Cristina has worked on projects to include; Selle Farm, a proposed 139 unit Scheme, and Keswick Avenue Car Park part of an ongoing Scheme. She has great graphic design skills whereby she has assisted in the ITT & PQQ bids.

Andrew Ogorzalek
Director Dip Arch, MSc, RIBA, ARB  

One of the founding Directors of PCKO in Andrew has over 30 years’ experience in housing design and has created successful residential-led environments in both the private and public sector. He has expertise in regeneration, mixed use, community, historic buildings, education, health and extra care sectors.

 

Since starting PCKO with Peter Chlapowski in 1982 Andrew has been a part of the growth of the business from its modest beginnings to securing its place as one of the leading practices in housing in the UK. Along the way Andrew has accumulated a wealth of experience and worked on a number of varied projects, building up the practices profile and portfolio.

 

Andrew is the driving force behind the practice’s research into technology and innovation, working for many years with the cutting-edge factory-procured BUMA system, completing several schemes in London for Hyde Housing Group. One of those developments, Barling Court, was completed on site in four days and was covered by the BBC, ITV, French and Australian TV.

 

Andrew’s current research takes on issues such as positive regeneration; reconnecting disconnected parts of the city back into the community and the use of the urban roofscape to create new types of garden and amenity space to attract families back into high-density urban developments. The Exchange, Bermondsey Spa for Notting Hill Housing is one such scheme designed with these issues at the forefront.

 

A prominent face of PCKO, Andrew is well known within the industry and regularly speaks at national and international conferences and competitions including chairing of the judging panel in the UIA Living Steel competition.

Peter Chlapowski
Director Dip Arch MSc | Krakow Technical University | RIBA 1976 | ARB 1976 

 

Peter is one of the founding partners of PCKO Architects. He has a wealth of experience in housing design creating successful residential environment both in the private and public sector. He has also been involved in a spectrum of projects in regeneration, mixed use, community and historic buildings, education and the health sector. Peter’s particular interests lie in energy efficient sustainable design and in 1994 he received the HENRY award from the National Energy Foundation for overall contribution to low energy design and continues to drive PCKO’s ongoing research and expertise in planning and sustainable designs and communities.

 

Since forming PCKO Peter has worked on significant and influential projects including; The Fishing Village for Countryside Maritime in Chatham, Cala Domus at Newhall in Harlow, a scheme that was named by CABE as one of the top 10 projects of the century; The Bloc Watermill Lane, an urban regeneration and keyworkers’ re-provision scheme in north London; and the masterplan and design of residential buildings at the Victory Pier regeneration site in Gillingham for Berkeley First – winner of the Best Buy award in the Evening Standard New Homes Awards for two years running. Most recently Peter has lead the St Mary’s Island residential masterplan, the final and most prestigious phase of PCKO’s 15 year involvement in the regeneration of a former royal shipyard in Chatham, Kent.

 

Peter has spoken at a number of specialists housing conferences as an invited speaker and also delivers an annual lecture on sustainable design at the AA. He acts as a RIBA advisor and a member of the jury in several architectural competitions. Peter was also invited to speak In November 2015 to speak at the Passivhaus conference in London, following the successful completion of the award winning schemes, The Pheasantry Turners Hill and Cameron Close.

Katherine Ogorzalek
Interior Design Director University of Krakow | Polytechnic of Central London  

Katherine has directed interiors projects across a range of sectors for PCKO Architects since the foundation of practice in 1982.

 

Some of the most significant projects she has been involved in include Swansea Foyer; film production offices in Kentish Town for the late Anthony Minghella; private residences throughout the UK and Europe; the radical remodelling of Hayes school in Kent; the interiors of a Family visitor centre at Wormwood Scrubs Prison and the acclaimed Jodlowa House in Krakow, Poland.

 

Katherine designed the practice’s open-plan office space in our previous location in Harrow and for our current office space in Finchley Road. Recently Katherine has designed and headed the refurbishment of a private house in Munich and the interiors of a spectacular new-build chalet in the Swiss Alps.

 

Katherine’s strengths lie in her expert knowledge of innovative materials and ability to anticipate market trends. She believes architects and interior designers should work closely so that lighting and furniture can be incorporated into the design instead of as an afterthought or on an ad hoc basis.

David de Sousa
Director Dip Arch Dip BRS RIBA | Oxford Brookes University 

David joined the practise in 2009 and became an Associate Director in 2014.  With a breadth of experience across infrastructure, transport, civic and educational sectors, David has developed an expertise in residential and mixed use sites, much of his work requires the unlocking of difficult sites and taking these through complex planning and urban design challenges.

 

At PCKO David has successfully led several major projects including the competition winning scheme for St Mary’s Island, Phase 3 masterplan for the regeneration of Kennet Island and the mixed use development and masterplan at Victory Pier in Gillingham, where PCKO’s work has won Best Buy category in the Evening Standard New Homes Awards for two years running.  Within the practise David also has management responsibility for providing Part 3 mentoring and support as well developing the IT and CAD department with a recent focus on BIM.

 

Before joining PCKO David was with Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects and worked on both cultural, commercial and transport projects which ranged from new build through to work on Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings, these projects included the V&A Glass Gallery 129, Floral Street mixed use redevelopment at Covent Garden, Pitt Rivers Research Centre in Oxford and the New West Ham Bus Garage for TFL.

WaiLun Ho
Director A.A. Dipl. MSc | London UCL 

Since joining PCKO in 2006 and becoming an Associate Director in 2014, Wai Lun has become a key member of the senior management team with responsibilities for design review and ensuring excellence of design quality.

 

WaiLun specialises in residential design and is skilled at delivering complex schemes in challenging sites across a broad spectrum of locations from dense urban ‘brownfield’ developments to rural ‘exception’ sites. He was instrumental in gaining planning permission for two rural ‘exception’ sites in Crawley Downs, West Sussex. Both sites required a highly contextual approach, one of which is a Passivhaus development which recently won the Mid Sussex Sustainability Award 2015 and the National Housing Awards Best Sustainable Development award 2015.

 

As well as having a long-standing interest in developing new housing typologies, WaiLun is passionate about urban design and place making which is demonstrated in his leadership and role in several high profile London schemes. The Exchange, Bermondsey Spa scheme for Notting Hill Housing Association; the Kings Crescent masterplan for the regeneration of a 4.6 hectare estate for LB Hackney and Plaistow Hospital, PCKO’s winning entry to the Peabody Trust’s 150 Homes for 150 Years competition. A key aspect of Wai-Lun’s role in the successful delivery of these projects focused on extensive community and stakeholder engagement.

 

Philip Harvey
Associate MA(Hons) MArch RIBA 

Philip started at PCKO in 2005 after studying architecture at Edinburgh and Sheffield Universities and working as a trainee architect in northern Germany. He became an Associate in 2013 and is accomplished at working with multi-stakeholder client groups and managing large multi-disciplinary teams.

 

He has worked as project architect on Greenwood Place, a Centre for Independent Living and Adult Social Care Services in the London Borough of Camden, playing a key role in the public and service user engagement phases and the delivery of the planning scheme. He was also instrumental in delivering the Family & Visitor’s Centre for Wormwood Scrubs Prison, an innovative and welcoming facility incorporating a cafe, offices, guest rooms, a multipurpose space and an outdoor area.

 

He has worked closely with several different client groups including housing associations, private developers, charities and governmental bodies, as well as on a wide range of new build and refurbishment projects.

 

Philip is experienced and skilled at preparing working drawings for major schemes such as The Exchange, Grange Walk and has a detailed understanding of how a project is put together.

Steve White
Associate B.A. (Hons) B.Arch ARB  

Steve has specialised in regeneration and social projects from the very start of his career. Since joining the PCKO in 2011, Steve has become responsible for the onsite delivery of regeneration and residential projects, providing design and technical expertise to the site teams whilst at all times maintaining the quality of the final buildings.

 

At PCKO he has developed designs for specialist housing schemes for a variety of users. Key projects he has worked on  include Brook Avenue, a high-density housing scheme on a severely constrained but very strategic site in the London Borough of Brent for the Network Housing Group, the final construction phase of The Bloc ‘Urban Village’ regeneration scheme for Origin, the regeneration of a 1960s estate now called Finsbury Park Place and Plaistow Hospital, the Peabody Trust’s 150 Homes for 150 Years award-winning competition.

 

Steve’s strengths lie in being able to understand and interpret the needs of local communities and take conceptual elements of architecture and interpret them in pragmatic ways that work on site.

Ray Sims
Senior Architect Grad Dip Arch ARB | South Bank Polytechnic  

Having worked with PCKO previously and after taking a break to work on private residential schemes Ray re-joined PCKO in 2014 and has again become a valuable member of the team.

 

Ray has a vast technical knowledge which he shares with the rest of PCKO members with his areas of interest and expertise in traditional building construction, with key strengths lying in his perseverance and his easy to work with nature.

 

Since joining PCKO in 2014 he has worked on various large scheme projects including; our competition winning bid Plaistow Hospital for the Peabody’s Trust 150 years design competition, three phase masterplan regeneration for Wallis Fields and currently is working on the prestigious refurbishment of The London Clinic on Harley Street.

Brian Jamieson
Senior Project Co-ordinator BArch (Hons) | University of New South Wales, Sydney 

Bringing with him an array of experience having worked in the field of high-quality residential, mixed-use and commercial architecture in central London Brian joined PCKO in 2013. He encompasses both excellent architectural and graphic design skills.

 

On joining PCKO Brian’s first project was working with the design team on our flagship scheme Aberystwyth University of which he quickly became the project lead on.

 

Brian has exceptional attention to detail and management skills with his areas of interest and expertise in mixed tenure and mixed-use schemes for both private clients and housing associations.

Grzegorz Bartkowiak
Architect MSc Eng Arch ARB | Poznan University of Technology  

Greg is a valuable PCKO team member having been with us since 2010 and has worked on numerous high profile schemes at various stages of the design process. An experienced Architect, his job running skills are complimented by his excellent architectural visualisation and design skills.

 

His key strengths lie in conceptual design with a good understanding of detail’s, performance and opportunities, producing working drawings and management skills. As the project Architect on The Pheasantry, Turners Hill which won awards in 2015 in the sustainability category for both the Mid Sussex Design Awards and the National Housing Awards Greg has obtained a vast knowledge on PassivHaus.

Jason Fowler
Architectural Assistant BA (Hons) MArchD | Oxford Brookes University 

Jason came to PCKO in 2013 to work with us over the summer months between studies for his Part II. He was a very competent Graphic Designer and Architectural Assistant and following his studies he became a full time employee with PCKO in 2014. Currently he is undertaking his Part III studies.

 

During his time at PCKO Jason has worked on large schemes such as St Mary’s Island and the large regeneration of Victory Pier. With his eye for detail he uses his time effectively working both as an Architectural Assistant as well as our Graphics designer helping teams put together successful bid and marketing material together

 

Mirta Frith
Architectural Assistant BA (Hons) Architecture and Interior Design 

Mirta came to PCKO in 2011 and has grown and adapted her skills to become a proficient Architectural Assistant. She is currently undertaking her part II whilst with PCKO and is due to complete this in 2016.

 

Very much a team player Mirta is enthusiastic, undertaking all tasks to the best of her ability. She is a fast learner adapting well on the various projects she has worked on demonstrating graphic skills with an eye for detail. She is a multi-tasker that thrives on various challenges and has worked on high profile and deluxe private residential schemes.