Areas of Expertise
Community-led urban design, Community and stakeholder engagement, Social and affordable housing
Dieter is a founding director of RCKa Architects and has pursued the practice’s interest in socially responsive architecture and community-led urban design, which was recently recognised by Building Design’s inaugural Social Impact Award.
He was responsible for the RIBA National & Civic Trust award-winning TNG Youth & Community Centre for Lewisham Council, noted for the incredible level of community engagement that saw the building transferred to local people and the practice receive the MacEwen Award for ‘Architecture for the Common Good’. He is currently leading on the design of a new SEND school and transdisciplinary building for The Children’s Trust, and a cultural infrastructure masterplan for the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation. These and other similarly complex projects call upon his exceptional design and stakeholder management skills.
Stepping outside architectural norms, his work has involved project enablement; funding and strategy advice for VSOs and neighbourhood groups, developing collaborations between regeneration teams and grassroots groups, and providing local authority asset assessment advice. Dieter is also a Design South-East regional review panel Chair, and sits on Kingston, Ashford, Sutton and Haringey local authority Quality Review Panels.