RIBA South East Award – Shortlisted

Sumner House, Sevenoaks - 2020

SECBE Awards: Integration & Collaborative Working – Finalist

Corde - 2019


Thoughts and news

Timber and Carbon Sequestration

The Swan School has been recognised at the Oxford Preservation Trust Awards 2021

Corde Team Shortlisted for a New Cambridge College Porters’ Lodge


Specialist organisations


In addition to architectural design, ADP covers a range of related services for Corde – from masterplanning to landscape architecture, interior design and heritage expertise.


AKS Ward makes up the structural and civil engineering part of Corde, contributing wide expertise and an intimate understanding of how buildings function.


With a special interest in low-carbon design, KJ Tait’s skilled engineers complete the picture by providing innovative, highly sustainable building services for our projects.

Key Team

Adrian Bower

Adrian has over 20 years' experience in housing design. This includes complex masterplans and mixed-use, urban regeneration projects.

Alistair Black

Studio Director – Alistair specialises in large, complex and fast-track projects. He is heavily involved in supporting the BCO in the UK.

Amrit Naru

Hospitality Director - Amrit leads our hospitality sector. He has experience across a range of projects, including prestigious international hotels.

Bob Senior

Studio Director – Bob has worked across the UK and Europe. His experience includes complex science projects, with close control and containment laboratories.

Bryce Hefti

Studio Director – Bryce has worked on several large research, office and mixed-use projects across the South East, with clients including the University of Cambridge.

Chris Thornton

Healthcare Director - Chris leads Corde's healthcare work. He has built strong relationships with public and private healthcare providers across the country.

Claire Hunt

Head of Landscape - Claire is Corde's head of landscape, and a chartered member of the Landscape Institute, with a passion for designing to support wellbeing.

Claire Mantle

Schools Director - Claire leads our school and FE sector work. She believes in putting pupils at the centre of the design process, and designing to support wellbeing.

Colin Seabrook

Head of Conservation – Colin leads Corde's approach to conservation engineering. He is particularly adept at heritage conservation and forensic engineering.

Craig Cullimore

Director - Craig helps to lead Corde's strategy and to manage the business. He shares his passion for high-quality design across the industry.

Craig Gamble

Studio Director – Craig is responsible for finance and project delivery. He is a chartered structural engineer, with over 20 years' experience in all sectors.

David Jovetic

Studio Director - David is one of our local studio directors, based in Birmingham. His Corde projects include several education and mixed-use schemes.

David Perkins

Studio Director – David is a chartered engineer with over 35 years' experience. He leads the BIM approach for our structural engineers.

Dianna Fletcher

Studio Director - Dianna helps lead our London Waterloo studio. A conservation architect, she is passionate about bringing new life to historic buildings.

Gary Allen

Director – Gary is a chartered engineer with over 30 years' professional experience. He sits on the board of Corde, and is managing director of AKS Ward.

Graeme Feechan

Commercial Director - Graeme is responsible for Corde's commercial and workplace strategy, and brings over 25 years' experience in the sector to our nationwide work.

Graham McRuvie

Health & Safety Director - As our health and safety director, Graham is responsible for championing health and safety across Corde, and ensuring compliance for all projects.

Hannah Brewster

Regional Healthcare Director - Hannah has wide experience in healthcare projects and brief gathering, which she uses to co-lead Corde's healthcare sector work.

Helen O'Curry

Studio Director - Helen leads our successful Manchester team. She has delivered a wide range of award-winning projects, and is a member of Women in Property.

Joe Morgan

Studio Director - Joe co-leads our Manchester studio. He has 20 years' experience across every sector, and has led numerous award-winning developments.

John Dunford

Regional Director – John leads our Southampton team. With over 35 years' experience, he has developed particular knowledge in the education and residential sectors.

Jon Roylance

Higher Education Director - Jon is our sector leader for higher education, science and research. He has advised dozens of university clients across the country.

Karen Turnbull

Sustainability Leader - Karen helps lead Corde's sustainability strategy. She is a qualified BREEAM Assessor and BREEAM Advisory Professional.

Katie Thompson

Senior Interior Designer - Katie leads our interior design team, and works on interior concepts, space planning, colour schemes, finishes and furniture across the practice.

Liz Jarrett

Studio Director - Liz co-leads our London Waterloo studio. She has wide experience across sectors including education, research, healthcare and leisure.

Malcolm Tait

Studio Director – Malcolm is a Corde director, with particular expertise in designing science, workplace and higher education projects.

Mark Curley

Director - Mark is a director of Corde. He is involved in projects throughout the UK, including healthcare, education, residential and commercial schemes.

Matt Walker

Head of Building Surveying – A chartered surveyor, Matt has over 30 years' experience in construction. He heads up Corde's building surveying team.

Neil Watt

Studio Director - Neil leads our London Fitrovia studio. He supports projects in London and the home counties, particularly commercial and mixed-use schemes.

Paul Miller

Senior Energy Engineer - Paul is highly experienced at delivering whole-life carbon and embodied carbon assessments, and has a passion for high-quality, low-carbon design.

Paul Morgan

Operations Director – Paul leads our Oxford Seacourt studio. He has two decades of wide-ranging experience, with particular knowledge of commercial design.

Siobhan Davitt

Siobhan Davitt - As studio director in our Edinburgh George Street studio, Siobhan leads highly complex projects across multiple sectors.

Stephen Armstrong

MEP Design Lead - Stephen is a chartered engineer. He leads many of our education, residential, public sector and commercial projects across the country.

Stephen Gibbs

Operations Director – Stephen has 18 years' experience, and leads a team of Corde engineers in London. He specialises in the education and healthcare sectors.

Stephen Miles

Director - Stephen is based in our Edinburgh George Street studio, which he helps lead. He has strong relationships with clients across Scotland.

Wayne Dobbins

Director - As one of our directors, Wayne helps lead Corde's strategy. He works closely with Craig from our Oxford City Centre studio.