Dhruv Sookhoo, Head of Research and Practice Innovation

Dhruv Sookhoo

Head of Research and Practice Innovation

Dublin and London Joined in 2019 BA (Hons) Architectural Studies; Certificate in Architectural Practice (Dist.); BArch (Hons); MSc Town Planning (Dist.); PGDip Architectural Practice and Management; PGCert. Research; PGCert. Advanced Studies in Academic Practice. University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Dhruv is a chartered architect, chartered town planner and social researcher. He leads practice-based research projects and promotes innovation and dissemination across our Dublin and London studios. This aims to enhance our creative offer to clients, collaborators, and the people that use the places we help to create.

Dhruv undertook his professional training within the social housing sector and is an experienced housing development practitioner. Previously, he was Head of Design, Home Group (2011-2015), a national developing housing association, where he was responsible for establishing the design department and championing better residential design quality across a national housing and regeneration programme by commissioning of leading architects and designers, undertaking design management and design review, and fostering community participation and developing deliverable masterplans. He is an alumnus of the Future of London’s Leadership Programme (2012).  As Visiting Lecturer within the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University (2014-2020), he contributed to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes concerning professional policy and practice necessary to design and deliver residential design quality at the scale of the dwelling to city.  He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017).  His research and opinion have been published by Architectural Research Quarterly (arq), Planning Perspectives and TCPA Journal.

Dhruv is the currently Chair of the RIBA Housing Group, an examiner at the Architects Registration Board’s Prescribed Examination Panel, an assessor for the RTPI’s Assessment of Professional Competence, a Member of the NHBC Governing Council, and was recently appointed to designe (2020-) and the Oxford Design Review Panel (2021-). He is currently undertaking ESRC-funded doctoral research at Newcastle University, exploring the interprofessional perspectives and practices of architects and planners working to deliver residential design quality.

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