The practice works on a variety of projects across the private and public sectors, offering a range of services from feasibility studies and urban design proposals to the delivery of small scale bespoke projects and larger new build developments. ZCD Architects is a design-led practice and it brings integrity and a considered approach to all its work.
WHAT WE DO
ZCD Architects offers architectural design, urban design and research services. Our way of working is mutually beneficial to each approach which means we can offer a full package from community engagement, masterplanning and urban design advice, through to design development and delivery.
Our experience in designing and delivering high quality, award winning buildings means we are able to provide full architectural services on new projects on a range of sizes. We have a particular expertise in gaining planning permission and funding for new proposals in sensitive locations and tight sites.
At the heart of the way we work is a commitment to high quality design with a social purpose. This is supported through a programme of research that puts people at the heart of developments. We have worked with the Homes and Communities Agency, UK Green Building Council on their report 'Health and Wellbeing in Homes', NHBC Foundation and others.
Our fresh approach to urban design in residential schemes means we can help shape new projects with a view to meeting policy objectives. We are dedicated to working with our clients to create high quality developments that will meet the needs of their communities now and into the future.
WHO WE ARE
Alongside working in practice, Cordula has been teaching for 17 years at universities in the UK and across Europe. Her teaching agendas focus on the potential of architecture to drive social sustainability.
As a director at ZCD she has initiated several projects in Hackney Wick, where she gained an in depth understanding of the complex process of place making as an interplay between government organisation (LLDC), developers, landowners and the existing spirit and history of an area. Her projects include six new built artists studios and a ‘Hostellerie’. She is also leading on the design and development of a mixed use six-storey building in Islington and a new built house in Clapton.
Before co-founding ZCD she was a director at WAG Architecture and started her career as a principal member of FAT. Work included exhibition design, urban intervention projects and projects for art institutions.
Dinah Bornat combines her role as a director with a teaching post at University of East London. She is a RSA fellow and member of the Hackney Estate Regeneration Design Advice Group.
Dinah has worked on large-scale projects at Edward Cullinan Architects before forming her own practice and then ZCD Architects in 2013. Recent work at ZCD Architects includes Penwortham School extension for Wandsworth Council. She is currently leading on a 19-unit housing development for affordable rent for Catalyst Housing in Buckinghamshire.
Dinah’s research into residents’ use of external spaces in housing developments means she is regularly asked to contribute to publications and participate in events associated with health and wellbeing, social use of space and play. She is actively collaborating with Hackney Council, Harrow Council, Policy Studies Institute, A New Direction, Reading University and others.
Laura Mark joined ZCD Architects in 2017 after having worked as the architecture editor of the Architects' Journal. She previously worked in a multi-disciplinary practice in Leicester on projects including schools, colleges, large-scale housing and a prison.
Her interests lie in community self-build architecture and she has built a number of projects including an installation on the Olympic Park with artists Kobberling and Kaltwasser and a bird hide which was shortlisted for the 2012 AJ Small Projects Prize.
Laura studied architecture at De Montfort University and the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Laura was named 2015 and 2016 IBP Multi-media Journalist of the Year. She was a finalist for PPA Specialist Content Writer of the Year 2017, PPA New Section Editor of the Year 2016, PPA New Business Journalist of the Year 2015 and 2014 and IBP Young Journalist of the Year 2013.
Gordon Boyd joined ZCD Architects in January 2014 as a senior architect. He is instrumental in the delivery of our built projects. Gordon has a love for the craft in architecture and is very skilled in the detailing and the delivery of high quality buildings
Previously Gordon worked at Theis and Kahn Architects in Kent, Nixon Tulloch Fortey Architecture in Australia and Roxburgh McEwan Architects in Edinburgh.
Gordon studied at Edinburgh College of Art and has been an ARB registered architect since 2008.
Gordon has experience on a variety of projects including private residential, new build houses, new build apartments, work to listed buildings, a new build church and schools.
Rosa Appleby Alis
Rosa joined ZCD Architects in July 2014. While at ZCD Rosa has been key in developing residential projects from concept to completion and has specialised in refurbishment and conversion projects.
Before joining ZCD Architects Rosa worked on urban design projects at Farrells, London.
For her Part 2 Rosa gained a distinction from Westminster University. Before training to be an architect she gained a first class degree from Goldsmiths College in fine art and history of art, and continues to make films in her spare time.
Rosa completed her Part 3 in 2016.