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.
With a BA in Landscape Architecture from the highly regarded School of Landscape at Leeds and a Post Graduate Diploma from Manchester, John has worked as a Landscape Architect and Urban Designer in private practice for the majority of his career. His portfolio includes projects throughout the UK, in Europe, the USA and the Middle East.
Passionate about design in general and the quality of our external environment in particular John has provided specialist landscape input on behalf of niche commercial developers and upscale residential properties for private clients. With a belief that client relationships are fundamental to the success of any project John has built his reputation around the traditional values of understanding client needs and a focus on spatial relationships. Allied to strong communication skills he brings experience and professional expertise to deliver thoughtful projects of integrity.
John is a Chartered member of the Landscape Institute in the UK and an active member of several design and environment forums.
Wioletta has recently joined the Studio as an Interior Designer specialising in 3D visuals.
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.
Fe has taken on her first role as Interior Designer in the Studio having recently graduated with a Diploma from the KLC School of Design.
After working for over 20 years in the finance and IT sectors she took the giant leap of changing careers to fulfil a long-held desire to work in design. She grew up living on building sites as her parents were both keen building and furniture renovators, so was inevitably destined to spend her life creating beautiful spaces. “Nothing gives me more pleasure than transforming something ordinary into something extraordinary be it with floral, landscape or interior design”.