Derek joined the Practice in 1999 and became a Partner in 2005. He leads a team within Studio Two managing the detailed design and construction phases of various projects.
With an extensive knowledge of building processes, techniques and materials, Derek works closely with both his team and clients to ensure the highest levels of design quality and finish possible. His strong management skills and thorough technical coordination of the design development process have allowed him to successfully lead a range of large and complex schemes from planning approval through to completion on site.
His wide-ranging experience features large residential and mixed use developments across London, including Avant Garde in Shoreditch. The regeneration of this former industrial site for Telford Homes and Genesis Housing Associationcomprises 360 homes and 3,000sqm commercial space within a 25 storey tower and two mid-rise blocks. Working within the parameters of the Farrell masterplan, he has also delivered residential schemes on the Greenwich Peninsula.
Derek oversees our Construction Technology Working Group, encouraging architects and technologists to share innovative products, techniques and ideas for the benefit of all projects within the Practice.