Our architecture alumni

Our students work collaboratively, across disciplines and scales, address urban challenges and learn to build at 1:1 scale. 

Our alumni work at a range of regionally, nationally and internationally-recognised and award-winning practices, some of which include:

AHMM, Allies and Morrison, Architecture PLB, Ash Sakula, Atelier 66 (Athens), Atkins, Ben Adams, Ben White Architecture Ltd, Collier Reading Architects, Delano Architects Lagos, Design Engine Architects Ltd, Dovetail Architects, Ercle, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Foster and Partners, Gillespie Yunie Architects, Green Form Design, Harrison Sutton Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Hilton Barnfield Architects, HLM Architects, Jestico and Whiles, Keith Williams, Kensington Taylor Architects, Living Space, Make, Marraum Architecture and Design, Michael Conoley Associates, Michael Hopkins (Dubai), Mitchell Architects Ltd, M2H (Kuwait), Nicholas Grimshaw, Nicholas Hare, Nicholas Pople Architects Ltd, Peter Currie, Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole Architects, Richard Parr and Associates, Stackhouse Design LLP, Stride Treglown, Studio Partington, Walters and Cohen, Wilkinson Eyre, Zaha Hadid.

Image courtesy of dRMM website

Image courtesy of dRMM website

Alex de Rijke

dRMM Architects

Alex is the founding Director of dRMM, a practice established in 1995. In 2017, he won the RIBA Stirling Prize (highest prize in Architecture) for Hastings Pier

Alex is particularly interested in exploring methods and technologies of material and construction. In 2013, he was involved in inventing the first cross-laminated timber made from a hardwood. The interest in timber was has been an on-going interest, with his ‘Timber is the new Concrete’ published in 2006. His practice-based work enfolds into education. He was Dean of Architecture at the Royal College of Art (2011-2015). Alex is now serving as an External Examiner at the Architectural Association, and a Visiting Professor to the Royal College of Art, London. He gave the SW Annual Lecture at the University of Plymouth in 2018, and has exhibited work as part of the Alumni Festival in 2019.

Image courtesy of Witherford Watson Mann website

Image courtesy of Witherford Watson Mann website

Stephen Witherford 

Witherford Watson Mann

Stephen is a Director of Witherford Watson Mann. In 2016, the practice won the Stirling Prize for Astley Castle for the Landmark Trust. In 2019, Witherford Watson and Mann won the Stirling Prize People’s Vote for Nevill Holt Opera

Stephen's architectural interests are found in crafted construction, urban design and public space. Apart from his practice-based work, he has contributed to education by teaching at the London School of Economics Cities Programme. He has spoken globally, including giving an Eero Sarinen Honorary Lecture in Helsinki in 2014. Stephen has served as a member of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Group, and is a trustee of Tate Gallery.

Almudena Tesorero

Penoyre & Prasad, London, UK​

"My degree was definitely a rewarding experience. What I appreciated the most was the approach to teaching; we were encouraged to carry out our projects through collaborative work and integration of other modules such as technology. This synthesis was noticed in my portfolio and undeniably appreciated when I was looking for a placement. Indeed, the iterative and integrated testing we carried out during studio projects has been particularly useful as a learning process as I am now finding it is also done in practice.

In 10-15 years I hope to be a qualified architect, who has had an opportunity to work on quite a few different projects. All of which would hopefully lead to pinning down my niche, with the ultimate goal of setting up my own architectural practice.​"

Abhijith Vijayendra​

Elemental Studio (Architecture)​, Lorem Ipsum (Digital Advertising)​, Bangalore, India​

"My time at Plymouth has been nothing short of life altering! The teaching approach to assist and critique rather than impose played a key role in finding my own language in design. The loosely twined project briefs and critical context (history and theory) papers acted as catalysts to invoke and experiment my own thoughts and intuitions. The organisational structure of studios has been very influential in ​my outlook towards design, collaboration and critique. ​ 

Exposure to tools and techniques of making and prototyping enabled me to realise designs, ideas and spaces in multiple dimensions; the importance of which I feel ten-fold in the work place environment.​"

Madhusha Wijesiri

Principal Designer at M2H Design Studio and Co-Founder of Code Atelier

“Studying at Plymouth helped me in many different ways. Firstly, it helped me to widen my knowledge of architecture through a very well laid out programme. Secondly, it helped me to redefine and refine my architectural agenda by letting me explore my own interests and abilities. Thirdly, it helped me by providing me with tools and the confidence to face challenges, situations, and then react and respond sensibly."

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Emily Holland

Lime Architects, Bristol, UK​

“Studying at Plymouth was a fantastic experience. The studio spaces have an inspiring atmosphere where I developed a strong bond with both students and tutors. I was inspired to push the boundaries of design through tectonics, materials and building programme.​ 

Over the three years, I gained a significant insight into the architectural world and felt prepared to begin working in an architectural practice. A key aspect I learnt was how a design should respond to its site, its surroundings and the people that use it. Also, how design can make a positive impact – not just locally, but also globally. In 10-15 years time I hope to see myself as an architect – possibly with my own practice in the South West.”

Grace Quah

I completed my BA (Hons) Architecture with First Class Honours at Plymouth. My March was pursued at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where I graduated with Distinction.

It was at Plymouth that I began thinking critically about agency, participatory design and the social context of architecture. Thanks to the support of the encouraging faculty staff at Plymouth, I developed an interest in the tensions between design and architectural theory, which I continue to operate within, five years later. After being nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal Award for Dissertation in 2013, I moved back to London to pursue my interest in writing and architectural journalism.

Plymouth provided a supportive testing ground for architectural design, freedom to experiment within its workshops and studio space and a lively community of fellow students in which to begin a journey into design practice. I am continuing to pursue my current interests in gender and technology explored through film and animation and growing my professional career within and around the architectural discipline.

My experience after Part I included working as an editorial intern at Blueprint [architecture and design magazine]; reporter and editorial assistant at Dezeen [architecture, design, interiors magazine], London 2013-2014 and as architectural assistant at Alan Power Architects, London. My experience after Part II involved working as a researcher and steward at the British Council as part of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2016. In 2017-18, I worked as a researcher at Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2019, I have been freelancing.

George Davis

Design Engine Architects, Winchester, UK​

"My degree inspired me to interrogate design in the world around me, in the pursuit of making it a better place. The integrated approach of the course, whereby technical and communication skills are intrinsically connected to the design studio project, is the only way architecture should be studied. It reflects the challenges we face everyday in practice, and I am fully prepared for that.​

Architecture is so much more than just a degree, it’s a way of thinking, a way of looking at the world; I aspire to design far more than buildings. My experience at Plymouth has exposed me to the many disciples architects can operate within, from city scale master planning, right down to bespoke furniture design. I want to pursue a career in place-making, where the things we design collaboratively can have tangible impacts on the communities they serve, and Plymouth was the start of my journey towards this mission."​

Shannon Ciriaco​

Kensington Taylor Architects, Exeter, UK​

"Having worked in an architecture practice for a while now, I’m ​starting to realise how much I value the style of teaching I received at Plymouth. The passion of the lecturers for the ​subject has really inspired me to continue my degree, and even ​pursue a career in it! 

I’ve enjoyed every stage of learning. The standout aspect was working on master planning projects as it allowed me to study ​a project in its wider context. This has given me a gained interest ​in the vernacular. I’m also glad I had the opportunity to work at these ​large-scale projects as it was seen as an advantage when looking ​for a placement. With regards to my portfolio, employers commended the amount of work I was able to produce at varying complexities ​(from site analysis to individual projects to master planning).​"