Katy studied Architecture in Glasgow School of Art, Madrid and Cambridge University. She is an Architect, product designer and facilitator, with a Masters in Environmental Design and extensive experience working with Listed Buildings. She founded Citizens Design Bureau in 2013 and oversees all of our projects - including theatres, arts centres, a museum, a church, meanwhile use workspace, as well as civic infrastructure and housing strategy and more… all of which would be completely impossible without our brilliant team!
Since 2013, she has carved out a reputation for a design approach that is human, tactile and practical, with huge emphasis on drawing and making, ecological innovation and collaborative design processes.
Prior to establishing Citizens Design Bureau, Katy worked at Haworth Tompkins where she was a project Architect for the National Theatre Studios refurbishment, Young Vic theatre and most recently the 2014 Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre in Liverpool - her home city.
Katy previously lived in South Africa in 2001-2002, where she co-founded SOMOHO Arts, Community and Environment project - opened by Kofi Annan. In 2005, she designed and co-founded ImpactHub, now a network of over 80 not-for-profit co-working spaces across 6 continents.
Katy sits on Hackney, Harrow and Hounslow Design Review Panels, is a regular visiting critic and lecturer at Cambridge, theAA, Chelsea College of Art, London School of Architecture.
As well as developing several Citizens Design Bureau products - in lighting, furniture and fashion, she is leading a research project into the design guidance for new civic infrastructure.
Cathy is a practicing architect, previously an Associate at muf architecture/art and a founding partner at Riches Hawley Mikhail Architects. Following a stint in full time academia, Cathy joined joined Citizens Design Bureau in 2017 and is leading our St Peter’s in the Forest Church as well as Jacksons Lane Arts Centre projects. She has a particular interest in conservation as well as housing and rural development strategy and recently completed Village Design Guides for the expansion of South Cambridgeshire villages.
Throughout her career Cathy has combined practice with academia at institutions including the Cass, the Architectural Association and the University of Kingston.
Cathy has been the recipient of the RIBA Rome Scholarship in Architecture and subsequently a member of the British School at Rome Fine Arts Steering Committee. Currently External Examiner for MA Cities and Innovation at Central St Martins and BA Architecture at the CASS, she is a registered Architect and a member of the RIBA.
Cathy’s previous housing projects have won numerous awards. Her Goldsmith St housing in Norwich was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Stirling Prize.
Roua is from Syria. She studied Architecture in Beirut but returned to Syria to run her own Architecture practice in Damascus until she felt she had to leave.
She is now Citizens Design Bureau’s ‘Creative Producer’, It is difficult to give a title to someone who manages to juggle so many things, but we call her our ‘Creative Producer’ because she makes things happen - from competition bids, to finance and admin systems as well as helping us set up our shop… coming soon! … and much more besides.
She is also a writer of plays, poems and essays.
Candice studied Architecture in Liverpool and Glasgow School of Art. Since joining Citizens Design Bureau she has been leading our Manchester Jewish Museum project, a Grade II* listed renovation of a former Synagogue with a new build extension.
Candice is has experience leading complex and sensitive projects with large teams. She also organises drawing systems and protocols within the office and is our very own Marie Kondo. Prior to joining CDB she gained extensive experience in housing, working on the delivery of several projects across East London.
Lydia is an Architect and Product Designer for Citizens Design Bureau. She leads a number of our community, arts & workspace projects at CDB, including the refurbishment and extension of Studio 3 Arts Centre and proposals for derelict sites in Newham, as meanwhile uses and maker spaces, with volunteer workmanship.
With a background in housing and urban regeneration, Lydia enjoys working closely with client and community groups to generate ideas, stimulate proposals and explore alternative building methodologies.
In addition to her role as an architect, Lydia is also a ceramicist, having founded her own ceramics studio, Fettle Studio, in 2018. She now puts her passion into practice, bringing architectural ceramics and use of clay as a design tool to her role at CDB.
Marco studied Architecture at the University of Udine in Italy. Since joining Citizens Design Bureau he has been working on a number of our community and arts projects. He leads on our ‘Talent House’ project for East London Dance and Urban Development Music in Stratford as well as with Cathy on the refurbishment of St Peter in the Forest Church within Epping Forest and the remodeling and refurbishment of Jacksons Lane Arts Centre in Haringey - all working closely with diverse user groups and complex client bodies.
He has previously worked on office and housing projects in and around London.
Marco is also a brilliant illustrator, with a particular love of drawing animals and using real film photography.