MEET THE TEAM

  • Tasmiya El-Salamani

    Tasmiya El-Salamani - Architect

    Taz joined the practice as an architectural assistant in 2012, gaining her full architectural qualification in 2014. Taz has supported senior staff on a wide range of projects from inception to works on site and has developed considerable experience in detail design of healthcare and education sector projects.

  • Angela Cowens

    Angela Cowens - Office Manager/PA

    Angela joined the practice at its inception in 1987 when it was housed in two rooms with three drawing boards and a typewriter. Angela leads our team of three administrative staff whilst acting as Director’s PA and undertaking the day to day administration of the practice’s finances.

  • David Kendall

    David Kendall - Design Consultant

    David graduated with First Class Honours from Newcastle University in 1983 after also studying Urban Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Art in Copenhagen and working for a year in the Newcastle office of Ralph Erskine Arkitectkonter AB. After gaining experience with Ryder Nicklin, he joined the practice in 1990 and has been nationally recognised for numerous projects. David was a Partner and then Director of the practice for 24 years. David acts as an Assessor for Civic Trust Awards.  

  • Romanda Jobson

    Romanda Jobson - PA

    In 1990 at the age of 16 Romanda joined the practice as a trainee administrative assistant on the Youth Training Scheme of the time. Romanda now acts as a Directors’ PA.

  • Ian Clarke

    Ian Clarke - Director

    Ian graduated with a Distinction in Design from Sheffield University where he won the RIBA President’s Dissertation Award in 1986, resulting in a scholarship to study architecture in Scandinavia. Joining JDDK in 1990 and becoming a Director in 2000, Ian’s work centres around schemes for client organisations with specific needs, especially within the healthcare sector, particularly involving hospices. Ian sits on the NHS Design Review Panel and is a CABE Enabler.

  • Alison Thornton-Sykes

    Alison Thornton-Sykes - Principal Designer

    Alison undertook her architectural training at Newcastle University, working in London between her two degrees and both graduating and joining JDDK in 1991. She has worked across many sectors, often in historically or environmentally sensitive locations across the North East Region and further afield. Community consultation has also been a key area in Alison’s work while her design for the RSPB’s hugely successful Saltholme Visitors’ Centre swept the board for architectural awards.

  • Nicola Hodgson

    Nicola Hodgson - Senior Associate

    Nicky joined JDDK in 1992 after graduating from Newcastle University in the same year, having worked for the practice for 12 months and spent three months at  “L’Ecole d’Architecture de Nancy” in France as part of her training. Nicky became an Associate of the Practice in 2000 and has worked as Project Architect on a wide range of projects, from small rural developments to a number of large scale and complex schemes such as the 36million Euro Curraheen Hospital and Hospice in Cork and the £20million redevelopment of St Colomba’s Hospice in Edinburgh.

  • Kevin Turnbull

    Kevin Turnbull - Director

    A native of Sunderland, Kevin gained both an ONC and HNC in Building Studies from Newcastle Polytechnic whilst working for Douglas Wise & Partners in Newcastle. After gaining experience with Powell Moya on the Wansbeck General Hospital project, he joined JDDK in 1992, becoming a Director in 2003. In addition to leading and being a hands on member of the practice’s technical team, Kevin has particular responsibility for Health and Safety matters, and technical documentation. (NEBOSH Qualified in 2008).

  • Ann Wannop

    Ann Wannop - Senior Clerk

    Ann has provided invaluable administrative support to the practice’s technical team since joining the practice in 1993.

  • Katherine Bridger

    Katherine Bridger - Landscape Architect

    Kate graduated from Manchester Polytechnic in 1977, becoming a Member of the Landscape Institute in 1979. Her work experience includes 12 months for Brian Clouston & Partners in Durham and two spells with Local Authorities before being appointed regional Landscape Architect for Wimpey Homes in the NE. Kate joined JDDK in 1993, bringing important landscape expertise to the practice’s projects across all sectors. 

  • Nicola Watson

    Nicola Watson - Director

    Nicky graduated from Newcastle University in 1992. During her training she studied in both France and Italy and worked for a spell in Botswana. Nicky was awarded the year prize for her part III examination.  Nicky joined JDDK in 1993, becoming a Director in 2000, and works across a number of sectors, particularly within the housing, community, education and childcare fields. Nicky regularly takes part in studio teaching at Northumbria University’s School of Architecture, has acted as External Examiner at Newcastle University and is Chair of the Board of Northern Architecture.

  • Stuart Franklin

    Stuart Franklin - Associate

    Stuart worked as an Architectural Technician with Conservation Architects Arrol & Snell whilst gaining distinctions in ONC and HND in Building Studies at Stoke-on-Trent College. In 1999 he graduated from Newcastle University with 1st Class Honours and joined JDDK. Stuart has been especially involved in many of the practice’s Education and Healthcare projects, particularly as Project Architect for over 15 Early Years projects in the region and for the award winning latest phase of St Oswald’s Hospice. Stuart has involvement in studio teaching at Newcastle University.

  • Mura Mullan

    Mura Mullan - Director

    Mura graduated with distinctions from Manchester University in 1994, gaining her part 3 qualification in 1996 after working for Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams. Following a further period of working in Manchester, for Michael Hyde & Associates, Mura moved to Newcastle and joined JDDK in 2000.  Mura has been project architect on schemes across a number of sectors, focusing recently on work in the affordable and specialist housing field as well as major health projects including the Marie Curie Hospices in both Glasgow and the West Midlands. Mura has acted as a Civic Trust Award assessor.

  • Andrew Rutherford

    Andrew Rutherford - Associate

    Andy gained his OND in Construction & Land Use at Newcastle College followed by an HND in Building Studies at Northumbria University in 1994. His work for the Alan J Smith partnership and, later, Summers & Partners, involved extensive on-site supervisory roles. Andy joined JDDK in 2000 and in the proceeding years has acted as project technician on numerous projects including the £16m Marie Curie Hospice in Glasgow. Andy takes responsibility for the day to day management of the practice’s IT resources.

  • Adam Vaughan

    Adam Vaughan - Associate

    Adam’s first experience of Architecture was a Site Engineer prior to studying Architecture at Sheffield University, completing his first degree in 1995. A year working in Paris followed before returning to Sheffield where he completed his Diploma in 1998 and extended his dissertation to gain an MA. After extensive work in Ireland, Adam returned to his native Newcastle to join JDDK in 2005 where his work has been in a number of development sectors whilst his particular interests in both the re-use of historic buildings and environmentally sustainable architecture has flourished. Adam gained his accreditation to the RIBA Conservation Register in 2012 and has acted as ‘Conservation Expert’ for the RIBA Awards shortlisting panel in the North West region.

  • Matthew Holmes

    Matthew Holmes - Associate

    Matt completed his Architecture BA Honours degree at Oxford Brookes University in 1996. Having worked in the south of England and Australia for a number of years, Matt joined JDDK in 2004 when he returned to his native Newcastle. Matt’s work has covered a number of development sectors from one-off houses to the large scale projects in the office such as the internal works to the £36million Euro Curraheen Hospital and Hospice in Cork. Matt leads the practice’s work in Building Information Modelling (BIM) and has particular experience in the use of the software Revit. Matt is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

  • Tristan Cooper

    Tristan Cooper - Technologist

    Tristan joined JDDK in 2005 following completion of his A-levels and acceptance on Northumbria University’s day release Architectural Technology BSc Hons degree course. Whilst studying on this course Tristan has also completed an NVQ in Technical Design. At JDDK Tristan has developed considerable experience in the detail design and delivery of projects across a number of sectors, specialising in both private and public sector housing.

  • Clair Mawston

    Clair Mawston - Architect

    Clair initially joined the practice in 2006 for a two year placement following graduation from Newcastle University, and returned full time following completion of her second degree. Since obtaining her Part III qualification in 2012, Clair has taken a leading role on a number of housing schemes for both the public and private sectors and worked as project architect for the new commercial premises at the Milkhope Centre for Blagdon Estates.

  • Samantha Dixon

    Samantha Dixon - Architect

    Sam joined the practice in 2013, having completed her architecture qualifications in 2012 at Newcastle University. Sam’s work at JDDK has included a number of housing projects including specialist housing for end-users with specific cultural, physical and emotional needs as well as a number of one-off projects such as the refurbishment of the buildings of the charity People’s Kitchen in Newcastle.

  • Russell Clewlow

    Russell Clewlow - Architect

    Since graduating from Newcastle University in 1994, Russell has worked in both the private and public sector. Russell joined JDDK in 2010 and has worked across the healthcare and housing sectors, delivering detail design for both RSL’s and private developers, most notably the redevelopment of the Stannington Hospital site for Bellway Homes Ltd and the flagship refurbishment scheme at Holborn House for ISOS Housing.

  • Otis Murdoch

    Otis Murdoch - Architectural Assistant

    Otis joined the practice in August 2013, after graduating with his second degree from Northumbria University in 2012. Otis has supported senior staff across a wide variety of projects and is currently working towards his full Part III qualification. 

  • Chun Kit Yuen

    Chun Kit Yuen - Architectural Technologist

    Born in Hong Kong, Chun moved to Newcastle at an early age and joined JDDK in 2013 having graduated from Huddersfield University in 2012. A keen advocate of ‘green construction’ technology and minimising the impact of buildings on the environment, Chun is part of the team responsible for the detail design and practical delivery of a diverse range of projects.

  • Billy & Zoe Readman

    Billy & Zoe Readman - Caretakers

    Billy and Zoe have played an important part of the JDDK “family” since 1991 when they took on the role of live-in caretakers at the practice’s home “Millmount”.