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CDC Studio

Studio

We are an inclusive architectural design studio. Comprised of a group of skilled architects, our team is committed to making quality contributions to the built environment through thoughtful and inspiring architecture. We approach all projects with enthusiasm and an open mind, working collaboratively to produce bespoke and considered work for all briefs; from multi unit housing developments to home improvements, school masterplans to classroom remodelling. From our bases in both Cambridge and London, we happily work with clients throughout the UK.

Established in 2011 as chadwick dryer clarke studio, we rebranded to CDC Studio in 2022.

Studio (noun, plural) - a room or atelier of an artist, photographer, sculptor, etc. We identify ourselves as a studio, to reflect our creative and collaborative approach to architecture.

Approach

Combining our knowledge and experience with creative energy, we are dedicated to excellence in architectural design.

Collaborative working is at our core; ideas are constantly shared between the team, with frequent design charettes and internal reviews. This shared iterative process allows us to create appropriate and engaging architectural solutions to any brief.

This continual open dialogue includes our clients; we involve clients by throughout the entire process and encourage their input at each stage. We believe the success of any project greatly depends on this relationship.

We begin each project by clarifying the core needs and aspirations, taking into consideration also the budget and time restraints to provide a framework for the exploration and testing of ideas.

Our skills allow us to analyse the constraints of a project and respond creatively to produce both coherent and exciting results. We represent our research and concepts through sketches, diagrams and models.

Our studio works in Archicad, utilising BIM (Building Information Modelling) for all projects. This allows to communicate ideas three dimensionally with clients, stakeholders and other consultants. We are able to work at BIM Level 2, coordinating with other consultants and sharing accurate information rapidly and with ease

People

Director ARB RIBA

Mark Clarke

Likes drawing, writing and wandering. Tries to be helpful. Believes in common sense. Drinks tea

Director ARB RIBA

Robin Dryer

Likes sketching and solving problems. Loves Scandinavian design. Lifelong Burnley Football Club supporter. Plays the cornet. Rides a gravel bike. Enjoys snowboarding. Graduated from Newcastle University.

Associate Director ARB RIBA

Delphine Dryer

Admirer of all things Scandi, Modern design, and St Ives School Artists. Loves a good café and loo experience whilst exploring buildings. To be found running, walking and paddleboarding around Cambridge. Happiest skiing in Norway or body boarding in Gwithian.

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Ciara Fitzpatrick

Designs by considering the narrative of space. Likes to walk, swim and dance. Studied at MSA and CSM. Interested in performing architecture. Shares her desk with her cat.

Architect ARB RIBA

James Howells

Often found hiking, exploring or mountain climbing. BIM enthusiast, animal lover, music maker, amateur illustrator and novelist.

Architect ARB RIBA

Elliot Shaw

Enjoys 3d problem solving and the human scale design of architectural spaces. An enthusiast for mid-century modernism. Plays the guitar. Loves photography. Likes to boulder. Graduated from Newcastle University.

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Andrew Kelso

A keen maker set on developing his woodworking skills, Andrew appreciates functional design that expresses craftsmanship and material. He graduated from TU Delft and enjoys cycling, hiking, painting, and cooking.

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Ting Khu

Ballpoint in one hand, torque wrench the other. Home is a long day on single tracks or tarmac, plus occasional multi-pitch fright. Enjoys Rammstein with his dog. Loves to get lost in 15/70 mm IMAX screenings. Graduated from Royal College of Art ,London.

Studio Manager

Cathy Martin

20 years of school governance and a trained social worker, Cathy likes running, badminton, cooking and eating. She always tries to source local produce and support independent outlets……especially if it involves drinking coffee and eating cake!

Wellbeing

Mono

Loves people, cheese, peppers and playing with hedghogs. Dislikes haircuts, water, thunder and some dogs. Always available for tickles.

Environment

Environmental and sustainable design is intrinsic to all of our work and we have experience in delivering projects with BREEAM assessments, renewable technologies and sophisticated natural ventilation strategies. Our design solutions focus closely upon the comfort of the occupant, and we aim to maintain that comfort by minimal means. Sometimes this demands the integration of low-energy and renewable technologies into the building fabric to reduce energy consumption; other times it simply relies on the ability of someone to open a window, or close their blinds against the sun.

As a practice, CDC Studio have signed up to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge which sets a series of targets for practices to adopt to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon and potable water.

Awards

  • 2021
    Winner - Best Individual New Home LABC Grand Final - Gables
  • 2021
    Finalist - British Home Awards - Gables
  • 2021
    Commended Craftsmanship - Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Award -Gables
  • 2021
    Best of Houzz Service - 2021
  • 2019
    Winner GAGA Architecture Award - Rising Path
  • 2018
    Winner - Best New Landscaper & Engineering -Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Awards- Rising Path
  • 2018
    Winner - RIBA EAST Award New - Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Winner -CFCI Best new large building New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Shortlisted -Best Education Building RICS East -New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Winner - Best Education Building LABC Grand Final - New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Architect of the Year -Structural Timber Award Shortlist Project of the Year and Architect of the Year New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Shortlisted Education Project -Structural Timber Award - New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Commendation -Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Award -Cherry Hinton Hall
  • 2017
    Best New Large Building -Greater Cambridge Design and Construction Award -New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2016
    Best of Houzz Design
  • 2015
    Best of Houzz Design
  • 2013
    Finalist -AJ’s Retrofit Awards - Blocks H&J, University of Bedfordshire

Publications

  • 2022
    Selfbuild & Design - Bread Oven House
  • 2022
    Archdaily - Gables
  • 2022
    Selfbuild & Design - Gables
  • 2022
    Restless Living Vol 78 - Gables
  • 2020
    Planning Learning Spaces - various projects
  • 2018
    Learning Cities - C3 - New Sports and Learning Building
  • 2018
    Archdaily - New Sports and Learning Building

RIBA Chartered Practice

We are a RIBA Chartered Practice committed to the highest standards of professionalism, best practice and ethics.

RIBA Chartered Practices lead the profession in setting standards for ethics, equality, diversity and inclusion and fair pay

Vacancies

We are currently looking for talented Architects and Part 1& 2 Architectural Assistants who would like great experience in an inclusive studio environment. Please submit you CV and samples of your work to info@cdcstudio.co.uk