Cora Kwiatkowski

Divisional Director

Cora prides herself in her collaborative approach to working with clients, contractors and consultants. She enjoys resolving complex design briefs to create places for people and deliver award-winning buildings.

She manages our higher education, student accommodation and workplace sectors, often acting as design and project lead or client advisor. Having led multi-disciplinary teams for over 10 years in the UK, Cora’s expertise has previously been applied to schemes in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.

Cora, what drives your career in architecture?

My passion for design; seeing the finished building is key. I always strive to incorporate a sense of creativity, community and respect for the environment into my designs.

What are the key challenges affecting your sector, or are likely to in the next five years?

Universities are focused on improving the student experience, while increasing space utilisation; they want to attract more talent and keep it there as they continue to study beyond undergraduate level.

This means that they are all competing with each other to offer innovative and attractive campuses that will inspire students. It is our job to support them in this challenge; creating buildings that offer the flexibility and adapt to students’ need.

What are the current big trends in your sector?

Collaborative work spaces. People can use them to meet up with others, brainstorm ideas and get creative. With podcasts, people can pretty much learn everywhere now so it’s all about facilitating these kinds of learning experiences.

What is your proudest moment?

Walking into the finished building and seeing people using it the way it was designed. Their reactions mean a lot to me.

Architecture can bring a huge improvement to people’s lives; we can really have an influence on how they work and use the spaces they inhabit. Despite winning awards for our Eastleigh Borough Council office refurbishment, the best part was going back once it was completed and hearing how people enjoyed using the space I had created.

Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?

I have two horses and compete in show jumping and dressage events up to regional level. It really helps me to clear my head and focus outside of work.

Industry Bodies:
  • RIBA
  • Built Environment Expert (BEE) for Design Council CABE
  • Design Review Panel Member for the Design Commission for Wales
  • Design Review Panel Member for the Bristol Urban Design Forum (BUDF)
  • Member of the Devon and Somerset Design Review Panel
  • Design Review Panel Member for the Swindon Design Review Panel
Awards:

Eastleigh House:

  • LABC Award Best Inclusive Building
  • BCO South West Best Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace
  • RICS South East Best Commercial Building

Rosenberg House:

  • Shortlisted for the Patron’s Award of the Almshouse Association

Awards

  • Shortlisted

    Best Architect

    Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 2019