RCKa was founded in 2008 after winning the prestigious Europan 9 international housing competition for a pathfinder site in the heart of Stoke-on-Trent. The practice went on to win an RIBA international housing competition for a scheme in Preston. Both competitions required an innovative masterplanning response to difficult sites, and our success was in part due to the way in which we were able to reconcile a range of challenges whilst arriving at an elegant, site-specific and contextual response. We have followed these early successes with a range of award-winning public and private buildings across the UK, securing three Housing Design Awards and two RIBA Awards. We were twice shortlisted for Young Architect of the Year.
At the core of all our work is an interest in how the buildings we design promote community cohesion, encourage social interaction and support adoption by those who live in, work in and use them. We work extensively with local communities to ensure that the schemes we design balance the needs of clients with the desires and concerns of the people who will be affected by them. We have no “house style”; every project is unique, responding to the needs of the community and the wider physical, social and environmental context. What is common to every scheme is a passion for how our buildings can remain relevant to users, stakeholders and beneficiaries through designing for flexibility and longevity.
RCKa benefits from a wide range of skills and expertise that expands the traditional role of an architect. Members of the team are members of numerous design review panels, which we believe stands as a testament to the practice’s collaborative, inclusive and design-led approach.