Aware Interior Design is a career that requires both education and experience, I decided early on to enjoy the experience of getting there. I started as an assistant to a furniture buyer, learning how to recognise quality and where to find it.
As an admirer of beautiful craftsmanship, I spent a year learning stone and wood carving, gilding and polychrome work. Working for restorers, I gained knowledge of European antiques, which I still use today.
Graduating with a degree in Architecture, tutored in the Corbusian manner, I then joined the Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture where I gained a classical training. I worked in various architects' offices, including the award-winning Hampshire County Architects. I had an opportunity to find and design an apartment for an architectural critic, and took the chance setting up on my own in 1993.
With years of valuable experience, the BIID has recently appointed me as Director of Continuing Professional Development. I am a guest tutor at the KLC School of Design and have worked as a trends consultant for Dulux. I often give talks at trade shows such as Decorex and 100% Design. I write about design for magazines and presented a series of "Britain's Best Homes" for Channel 4. I am happiest, however, working on projects either in the Studio, on site, or meeting with clients.
After graduating with both a BA Hons and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in London, Bashir has worked as an architect in the construction industry since 1999. He went on to qualify as a Chartered Architect in 2007 after gaining much experience in various architects’ offices.
Dan and Bash have worked together on a wide variety of projects for over 15 years and know exactly how each other works and complement each other very well. While specialising in delivering high-end residential properties, commercial projects have included working with clients such as the Dhamecha Food Group, ICICI Bank Plc and Bestway Holdings Plc. Over the years he has gained a wealth of experience delivering projects on short deadlines, and with his personable demeanour and strong communication skills, he takes pride in his work adding value to clients’ projects.
Bashir is a Registered Architect with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board. He is also a Health & Safety CDM Coordinator and Party Wall Surveyor.
Marc graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design from KLC School of Design in 2006. He immediately joined the Studio where he has honed his skills as an all-round designer with a practical, hands-on approach to interior design.
He works closely on all aspects of a project from design conceptualisation to installation and completion, and is equally at home when meeting with clients, liaising with contractors and suppliers, or rolling up his sleeves and getting on with the preparation of specifications, drawings, budgets and FF&E procurement.
Prior to joining Daniel Hopwood, Marc worked in event management and hospitality for eleven years which laid the foundations for a thorough understanding of administration, project coordination and customer service.
With his BA Hons and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL, Gordon went on to complete his MBA through the Westminster Business School.
Gordon has an in-depth knowledge of current housing regulations and, while focussing on sustainability, specialises in creating high-end solutions across a range of projects, from basement conversions to zero carbon schemes. He is often called upon as a guest speaker at trade and industry conferences, and has been featured in a number of building magazines.
Gordon is a Registered Architect with the Architects Registration Board. He is also a member of the Association of MBA Alumni and an alumnus of University College London.
Wioletta has been with the studio for 2 years, specialising in highly detailed drawings.
She has a degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Lodz, during which she spent an exchange year with the prestigious University of Eindhoven.
Wioletta followed this with an MA in interior design and has a number of years’ experience working in Architectural and Structural Engineers’ offices.
Carole was the administrator for Leith's Restaurants for many years and has looked after finances in the Studio for the last ten years. She is a crucial lynch pin here as we are often entrusted with the responsibility of handling clients’ money.
Sandy is an interior designer who specialises in sourcing fabrics, finishes and furnishing. She manages our extensive library and keeps it up to date and is always on the lookout for new and interesting things.
A graduate of KLC School of Design, she has over seen a number of projects, in Australia including an interior of a ski chalet and a beach house residence. In London designs for a lateral apartment, a mews house, and a large terrace house.
Sandy reflects what we are about in Studio Hopwood, having fun, being personable and not shy of hard work.
Sandy is married and has two tall sons.
Is an interior designer and graduate of KLC school of design.
Karen has had a varied, 20 year, career spanning Wine Marketing, Finance, Banking, and Education before discovering her passion and aptitude for Design.
Born in Singapore, but educated in Australia and the United States, she has lived in London for twelve years. She has a Bachelors degree in Finance and a Masters in Child Psychology.
Karen’s international and multi-cultural background has helped shape her approach to design. Working with Daniel, she oversees at Studio Hopwood projects from concept to implementation.
Married and a mother of twin boys, Karen is living proof that parenthood and a career is possible.