Our final event of the series on 29 November, features Russell Curtis from RCKa and is entitled ‘rural expression and urban renewal’. Russell is a founding director of RCKa, a London-based architectural practice that specialises in innovative residential, community and commercial projects.
Russell oversees RCKa’s commercial and residential infill projects and is responsible for the delivery phase of the practice’s work. He sits on design review panels for LLDC and the London Boroughs of Croydon and Newham and is a Mayor’s Design Advocate. With extensive experience including high-end retail, new-build and refurbishment as well as research buildings for a range of blue-chip clients, Russell has overseen a number of high-profile projects for RCKa, including the Technology Centre for global currency and security experts De La Rue.
Russell is a trustee of the Architecture Foundation and a founding director of Project Compass CIC, a not-for-profit organisation campaigning for increased transparency and accessibility in public sector procurement in the UK. The practice has been a finalist for Young Architect of the Year twice, and in 2014, was the recipient of an RIBA National Award for its TNG Youth and Community Centre in Lewisham. RCKa was winner of the inaugural RIBA London Emerging Practice of the Year in 2015 and has won three Housing Design Awards, in 2011, 2018 and 2019.