Cardiff-based architectural firm Rio Architects has made a total of 16 appointments over the last 12 months, it has revealed, two of whom are technologists.
The firm – which had drawn up the plans for Cardiff’s Central Quay development – made the appointments following a period of continued growth and amid a strengthened focus on digital construction.
Among its three senior appointments are Andrew Joss, David Whitter, and James Kenyon, all of whom have been promoted to the role of associate.
They will assist with the day-to-day operation of the business as well as continue in their current roles across multiple projects.
Kenyon said: “I am delighted to have been promoted to the position of associate and look forward to contributing to the continued growth and success of the company.
“In particular, I am looking forward to championing our R&D programme, helping to ensure the business remains at the forefront of architectural practice”.
Whitter said: “I’m energised by the opportunity to better serve the studio and our clients alike.”
Joss will remain as Rio’s BIM manager and will lead the team in digital construction across all projects, which includes The Landbase Building for Bridgend College.
Joss said: “Having started my Rio journey almost five years ago, I am thrilled at being promoted to associate.
“I am excited to play a larger role in Rio’s progression and am passionate in pushing the envelope of digital construction.”
Among the company’s other appointments are Michael Spiller and Becki Dredge, as technologist and senior technologist respectively.
Martyn Hurley and Richard Davies have been appointed as senior architects, while Llion Rhun and Daniel Bees have been appointed as senior architectural technologists.
Sarah Wason has been appointed communication manager to support the design team.
The company has also recruited five recent graduates.
Founding director Richard Roberts said: “Despite the difficulties of trading through a pandemic, Rio continues to grow due to the support of our clients, the incredible efforts of our team and the quality of our work.
“We are delighted to be expanding our experienced and driven studio with more skills, ideas and passion.”
Image: (L-R) Rio Architects’ promoted employees James Kenyon, David Whitter, and Andrew Joss. Credit: Rio Architects