SITE: STEPHEN BIRCHMORE
DDWH architects - Architecture, Urban Design, Masterplanning and Interior Design.

Directors

Warren Howling
Warren qualified as an architect in 1995 after study at De Montfort University and The National University of Singapore.

Prior to setting up DDWH Architects, Warren worked for over eleven years at the award-winning practice Gardner Stewart Architects, becoming an Associate Director of the company.

His long involvement at residential and mixed-use specialist GSA allowed a pivotal design role on many major projects from inception to completion, made possible by an aptitude for concept design and masterplanning as well as technical design.

He has accumulated extensive experience of residential development and mixed-use projects, as well as retail, commercial, and refurbishment of historic buildings, building relationships through repeat commissions.

While at GSA, Warren was Project Architect for several award-winning projects, including Mile End Park, an award winning Millennium Project and Westway Beacons, a pioneering ATES (Aquifer Thermal Energy Store) housing project.

Warren set up DDWH Architects with Donika Dobruna in 2008. The broad range of skills developed throughout his career has been essential to success in a smaller architectural practice.The practice promotes a collaborative project management style, creating a positive design team environment where colleagues and co-consultants can fully contribute.


Donika Dobruna
Donika graduated from South Bank University in 1998, before joining the project management team for the restoration and construction of Tate Modern at Bankside.

She joined Paul Davis and Partners in 2000, working on luxury residential, refurbishment and conversion of historic buildings, retail and office development mainly in Central London.

In 2002 Donika took up a position at Andrews Downie & Partners (now Haines Phillips Architects).

While at ADP Donika expanded her expertise in prime residential development, mixed use and office design, in addition to developing experience in the boutique hotel sector. She has a particular aptitude for fine detailing, both internally and the external envelope of buildings.

Much of her work has included sensitive refurbishment of listed buildings, carefully integrated with contemporary new-build development.Many of the projects she has worked on form part of London’s historic cityscape, occupying prestigious, prominent settings. These projects required carefully considered contextual design and negotiations with Planning Officers and surrounding stakeholders.

Within the Design Concept and Detailed Design disciplines she has developed crossover skills that allow detailed architectural considerations to inform initial concept design level option appraisal, and vice versa.