We are a dedicated and passionate engineering family. We aim to support and guide one another through each task that every new and unique projects presents to us. The breadth of experience among our senior staff is complimented by the enthusiasm and innovation of our graduates and engineers which helps us to meet any challenge that arises. Our office is a relaxed and comfortable environment which provides the platform for our team to flourish and explore their potential.
BSc (Hons) CEng MIStructE
David Dexter has worked in the building industry for over 20 years working with many progressive architects and clients. He has been responsible for projects such as Waterloo International Terminal train shed roof with Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, the Burj Al Arab Hotel atrium fabric wall with Atkins Architects and the Paddington Station Redevelopment. Since setting up David Dexter Associates he has continued to work on more complex engineering projects such as Southern Cross Station in Melbourne, Australia with Grimshaw Architects and the Australian Engineers Winward Structures, Great West Quarter Tower in Brentford, London with Assael Architects and Barrat Homes West London.
Evette has worked for us since our inception; her role has evolved over the years taking on a variety of responsibilities within the company. In 2008 Evette took control of the finance department once succeeding the role of office manager. Evette is involved in all areas of business of the company, ranging from job costing and billing to liaising with clients, further to that she is responsible for the general running of the office. Away from the office, Evette continues to develop her skills and is currently studying CIMA at London School of Business & Finance.
BEng I.Eng AMIStructE
Steven Heard has over 25 years experience in the construction industry and recently joined us via our acquisition of his own practice Heard Associates. Steven has a wealth of experience in all sectors of the industry, specialising in low and high rise residential developments. He has worked on projects with most of the major residential developers including; Barratts Homes, Persimmon, Countryside and David Wilson Homes. Prior to joining us, and running his own practice, Steven was an Associate at R.H Horwitz Associates and a Senior Engineer at Brand Leonard Ltd. New Moorfields Eye Clinic at Northwick Park Hospital, Pediatric Burns Unit Broomfield Hospital, the Hackney and Greenwich Millennium Village Project, and Simplon Eco Village, Cambodia are all projects that feature in his impressive portfolio.
James joined us as a structural engineer in 2006 in their satellite Bristol Office. He specialises in the design of steel framed structures used to support glass, ETFE and tensioned fabrics. He has been involved at all stages of design from developing concepts through to producing final calculations and construction drawings. Also experienced in CAD, he is able to develop ideas in 3D and produce his own drawings to describe the resulting design. Key projects in James’ portfolio include; Kings Water Front Convention Centre - ETFE Galleria roof & glazed end facades; The Lakes Kuwait - ETFE roof; Doha Showcase Stadium, Qatar - ETFE Clad Stadium with moveable roof and Cottenham Village College - Tensioned fabric roof. Previous work at Ove Arup, Atelier One and Jane Wernick Associates provided a good grounding in working within the design team, building construction and creative engineering. This experience has been built on and exceeded here with us. He currently works from an office in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
BSc MSc DIC CEng FIStructE FICE
Alan Gilbertson has extensive experience in the design of structures of all types, and currently specialises in the context of risk management. Previous work includes a wide range of projects at Atkins, where he also played a nationwide role of promoting high-quality technical work. Major projects in Alan’s portfolio range from a nuclear plant in a seismic area in Korea to a new 'green field' military camp in Oman. He has led on structural work for a new PFI prison in Bridgend and on multi-discipline design of a 'partnering' project for a new school in Essex. Since joining us he has assisted in the development of corporate standards and has carried out detailed design reviews in support of the Project Engineers and the checking of calculations.
BEng (Hons) MBA
Gavin Sayers specialises in the analysis and design of lightweight tensile structures. Since joining us he has worked on projects that incorporate a number of lightweight material technologies. These include ETFE schemes such as the atria to Swinburne University and the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing. Tensile structures in his portfolio include the PVC clad U2 ‘Claw’, the helium blimp used in the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, and recently the telescopic chimneys and inflatable projection house used in the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony and also the netted enclosure for the Sumatran Tigers at London Zoo. Previous to joining us Gavin was employed by Tensys in Bath where he worked on various long span analysis projects including the retractable fabric dome for Rothenbaum Stadium in Hamurg, the tensegrity roof for Aige Velodrome in Switzerland, and structural analysis of Faro Stadium in Portugal and Koyang Stadium in Korea.
Tom Grantham started work in the engineering sector in 1998 and has gained a wide range of experience working as a structural technician for companies in the UK, Australia and Canada. Since February 2012 Tom returned to us to for fill the role of CAD Manager, having previously been employed as a structural technician from 2008-2010. Tom’s role now involves overseeing drawing output and working with the CAD team to provide continual progression and improvement of our engineering drawings. He has worked in detail on the following projects; Ham Yard Hotel, Refurbishment to London Aquarium, London Eye 4D cinema, Chessington Hotel extension and a variety of our recent school projects.
MEng (Hons) CEng MIStructE
Jo Smith has worked on a variety of projects in the last 15 years ranging from smaller ETFE projects to the connection design for the Welsh Assembly Building to concrete frames including the 7 storey, Ham Yard boutique hotel in Piccadilly, London. She has worked for us since starting as a graduate back in 2002 and has gained extensive experience in a variety of areas but particularly in buildings and concrete design where she has worked on a variety of in-situ and precast projects as well as working with new technologies such as the Cobiax system which uses plastic void formers to create lighter weight frames. Her more recent projects include Huddersfield University (Cobiax), Willowfield School (precast) and The Marians, a large private house. Away from the design side of the business, Jo is involved in running the work experience scheme in the office as well as going into schools to teach GCSE and A Level students about structural engineering and helping to mentor our graduates through the chartership process.
MSc Structural Engineering
Magdalini Christia is a Structural Engineer and former graduate of the National Technical University Athens and City University London. She joined our team in October 2013. Magdalini has experience in domestic and international projects, which include buildings, industrial and special purpose structures designed to resist earthquake loads. Magdalini is experienced in structural analysis and design softwares such as SAP 2000, ANSYS and STAAD. The major design projects she has been involved in include, The New Doha International Airport and The Blue City Project in Oman. Magdalini is currently working on education, leisure and entertainment projects throughout the UK.
BA (Hons) BArch RIBA
James has been with us as an since 2012 starting as an Assistant Technician, he previously had been trained at CAD and gained work experience with the company while studying for his Architecture degree. James makes up part of the CAD team whilst also taking control of the marketing and digital media for us. With his architectural background and developing knowledge of structural engineering he is well diverse within the construction industry. James has worked on a number of projects within the office, assisting in scheme design, detailing, scheduling, physical modelling and 3D concept models. Before working here James had worked on large residential developments as an architectural assistant and has had the opportunity to mentor and study abroad at the University of Salerno and University of Genoa.
BA (Hons) Structural Engineering
Alex graduated and begun his career in his hometown of Brisbane Australia. On his travels around Europe Alex decided to settle in the UK and subsequently joined us in 2013. Alex has vastly built upon his experience in Concrete, Steel and Timber construction in his short time here. His determination and thorough work has led to the encouragement for him to take lead on a number of projects within the office. Alex has played an important role in the design and engineering of projects such as; Holywell Row, a 4 storey residential refurbishment with additional basement works; Chester Row, a 3 storey residential refurbishment in London; Albion Drive, a 4 storey light industrial unit with a change of use to residential with ground floor offices; Chessington Hotel extension, and Sochi Stadium ETFE roof design.
BEng (Hons) Civil and Structural, LLB, GDLP
Denise first joined DDA in 2010 and has worked on a number of projects in the UK and the Middle East. Prior to residing in the UK, Denise graduated and started her career in her hometown of Adelaide, Australia. In Australia, she specialised in the design of structural glass where she was involved in the façade design of CMI Toyota Showroom in Adelaide and the Adelaide Zoo Panda Pavilion. Denise has been involved in the design of lightweight steel roofs for the Grand Avenues in Kuwait, the Canopy Roof on Sochi Stadium, a cable stay pedestrian footbridge in York, an ETFE canopy in Victoria London, and the Ham Yard Hotel in London.
MSc Structural Design and Architectural Engineering
Thomas Moll was born and raised in the Netherlands and graduated in both Structural Engineering and Architecture. After completing his studies, he moved to Antwerp (Belgium) to work as a structural engineer on diverse projects of all scales. After four years working in Belgium, he crossed the Channel in 2015. Thomas is an engineering-architecture enthusiast and he enjoys working on integrated designs. In his current position at DDA he is responsible not only for the overall structural concept and technical calculations, but also for the follow-up of the projects on-site during construction phase. At DDA he has been involved in a number of projects including the new Tropical House at Marwell Zoo and a new Tramway terminus station in Seaton, Devon.
Reg has worked in the specialist engineering field for 30 years. He has contributed to a significant number of high profile projects such as the Don Valley Athletics Stadium, the large temporary birthday tents for the Sultan of Brunei, exhibition stands for Ford and BMW, the Eisteddfod permanent facility and the Faro Stadium for the 2004 European Football World Cup. His expertise includes the development of structure and details to work within kinetic enclosures such as the travelling/demountable units for HKTA and Philips, and stage sets for rock groups Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd and others. Reg’s ability to analyse engineering issues in 3-dimensions coupled with his excellent CAD skills enable him to resolve complex structural geometry in a way that optimises the building design and simplifies construction.
MSc Structural Engineering & Italian Engineering Chartership
Matteo is a qualified structural engineer and graduated from Alma mater Studiorum University of Bologna, Italy. During his studies he chose to venture to San Diego to fulfil his drive for further research on Seismic Engineering. After completing his experience as visiting researcher at University of California San Diego (UCSD) he produced the experimental publication “Developing ductility using concrete anchorage” which was published in the American ACI Structural Journal . In 2015 Matteo has obtained the Italian engineering Chartership and then moved to the UK and joined the DDA team. He possesses broad experience in Steel, Concrete and Connection detailing in conjunction with depth knowledge in Structural Analysis and Seismic Design. Matteo has worked on projects based in the UK such as Vyner Street art studio, Trucks ‘R’ Us warehouse & headquarters, Stonegrove Church and The Marians a luxury private house in London. He has also worked on International large scale ETFE projects based in Kuwait such as the Avenues mall Phase 4A & 4B and Assima mall.
CEng BEng MI StructE
David has worked in the construction industry for over 26 years. He joined us in 2005 having previously worked for Atkins and Anthony Hunt Associates. During his career he has had senior design and management roles in projects that include; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Paddington Phase II, London; Faro/ Loule Stadium, Portugal; The Galleria Hatfield and BA World Cargo Centre. Most recently he was the engineer for the Roof structure on the new Avenues shopping mall in Kuwait. David specialises in the design of lightweight steel construction, ETFE and tensile structures although his experience spans all sectors and materials.
BA (Hons) Architecture, DipArch, MRIBA
John joined DDA as an experienced Architect with specialist engineering interface knowledge. His specialism focuses on facade and building envelope design and coordination, from concept to detail design. Prior to joining the DDA team John was Director and General Manager in the Middle East office of Vector-Foiltec, a long term collaborator with DDA. Since joining DDA in 2014 John has been pivotal in the launch of DDA Facade and Cladding Consultancy. Projects he has undertaken in this capacity include Kuwait International Tennis Centre, Great West Quarter Atrium and Winter Garden, Sheikh Abdullah Al Salem Cultural Centre Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Cultural Centre Kuwait and the Avenues Phase 4B mall and cinema facades.