D5 embrace innovation and celebrate the uniqueness in any project regardless of size. The practice is an open organisation embracing the ambition of its staff and harnessing this to the benefit of the client.

The team at D5 bring commitment, enthusiasm and experience across a broad range of sectors to the service of the client.

The client is central to the D5 approach. The quality of our architecture is a reflection of our understanding of the client, their organisation and their needs.

The team at D5 constantly aim for the responsible and considered use of materials, compositions and form to create a rounded environmental response. We aim to drive a sustainable agenda through reduced capital and revenue costs to clients to minimize the impact of development upon the environment.

We bring design quality to all projects to give the client and community the established added value good design bestows. We believe in a responsive, contemporary and inclusive built environment embracing democratic and humanistic values for the good of all who interact with the architecture.


Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Investors In People

Safe Contractor in Business

IOS 9001 Quality Management System

IOS 14001 Environmental Management System


D5 Architects provide a fully indemnified architectural service. The practice carries £10m Professional Indemnity Insurance, £5m Public Liability Insurance and £10m Employers Liability Insurance.

Equal Opportunities Policy

D5 Architects welcome all job applicants, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, religion or beliefs.

Educational Links

D5 Architects have a strong relationship with the Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University. The practice encourages staff to take an active role in architectural education as visiting critics and tutors.

D5’s connection with the School not only gives the opportunity for qualified staff to give something back and support architectural education, it also benefits the individual and the practice to remain current with developments in architectural design theory. Madeleine Dring, Partner, is a Professional Examiner for the RIBA Part III Professional Practice course and has taught and acted as visiting critic on the post graduate RIBA Part II course for more than a decade prior to holding this post.  Team members are encouraged and supported to both teach and act as critics at all levels of the course.

D5 also supports other educational programmes that rely on contact with live projects through practice, and annually offers work experience opportunities to school students and visits local schools through the RIBA education programme.

We actively support part time student staff with a commitment to provide a range of experience and support in preparation for professional practice qualifications. This includes seminars, mentoring and whole office reviews to bring a wide range of experience to relevant topics.

The Team

The head, heart and hands of the practice are the staff. We believe in the nurture, development and exercise of aptitude and talent. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts and all staff are encouraged to connect with and realise their potential at every level.


noun: the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings.

synonyms: building design, planning, building, construction; formal architectonics

Oxford English Dictionary

Joel is passionate about Architecture and the built environment and aims to provide an attentive, enthusiastic, professional and creative service to clients. Following his studies at Birmingham City University he joined D5 in 1996. He’s since completed an extensive portfolio of work across multiple sectors including transportation, education, community, workplace, leisure and residential. He values time with his family & friends, enjoys music, changing of the seasons, cycling to work in the sun and generally getting out and about.

Joel Kempsey-Fagg RIBA

Joe joined D5 as an Architectural Assistant in 2015. Having completed his undergraduate studies (RIBA Pt.1) at Birmingham City University (BCU), he is returning to BCU to undertake his MArch Course (RIBA Pt.2), while continuing to work within the office. As a student Joe is interested in the emergence of new technologies and how these can be utilised within the architectural discipline. Aside form work and his studies, Joe is a keen traveller and festival goer.

Joseph Bowman
Architectural Assistant - Part II

GOOD: my wife and kids, old cars, fast bikes, intuition and inventiveness

BAD: incompetence

Ian Saunders RIBA

"It was a rainy day in Arran that first set me on the path of architecture…"

Hannah Perry
Senior Architect

Since joining D5 in 2013, Anglo-Swiss Marina has worked on an array of projects, from transport and sport facilities to private residential homes, working from concept design to completion on site. Marina has completed her Masters in Architecture at Birmingham City University, which has given her access to a variety of inspirational design studios and is now progressing her RIBA Part 3 studies to qualify as an Architect. In her spare time ‘Nothing beats kindling a fire, immersed in nature, surrounded by the people you love.’

Marina Strotz
Architectural Assistant - Part III

"...there's no substitute to getting your hands dirty when you want to understand how something works."

Ollie Chapman

Madeleine joined D5 as a Partner in 2016. She has extensive experience in the design and delivery of learning environments at all levels, as well as in residential, community and transportation sectors. She is focused on delivering innovative, value driven solutions to all projects, providing bespoke responses to meet the needs of clients. Madeleine also holds a position as Professional Examiner at BCU. She’s passionate about her kids, travelling and cooking or any combination of the three.

Madeleine Dring RIBA

Gadgets are great, but for me you still can’t beat a filofax and a good pen.

Martin Rennie RIBA

Antonella began training in Italy, whilst working in her fathers Engineering Consultancy. While studying she completed thesis research in Portugal leading onto work experience later. Antonella qualified as an Architect in Italy and completed a year in private practice before moving to Germany for two years after which she joined D5 in 2015, registering with ARB as a UK qualified Architect. She’s inspired by timeless work, be it in architecture, sculpture, painting, music or poetry. And seeks a life full of passion... and good espresso.

Antonella Bignardi

Inspired by a design competition for a Buddhist retreat on Arran, Hannah studied at the University of Sheffield before moving to Birmingham and qualifying as an Architect at Birmingham City University. In addition to working within education, community, sport and residential sectors, Hannah has extensive experience in the transportation sector and has led two major transport infrastructure projects. When not working, Hannah can be found pottering in her garden.

Hannah Perry
Senior Architect

Mike joined D5 Architects in 2010 as a Senior Architectural Technician. With 30 years experience, Mike brings with him an extensive knowledge of construction techniques and detailing solutions gleaned from working in many different sectors and building types. Mike challenges himself to maintain the design intent throughout the detailing and construction process to realise a finished building faithful to the original design concept. In his spare time, Mike enjoys sailing where he is a qualified RYA Dinghy Instructor.

Mike Homer

Ollie studied at Liverpool University (RIBA Pt.1) and at Queen's Belfast (RIBA Pt.2), before returning to Birmingham to qualify as an Architect at Birmingham City University (BCU). In addition to his work at D5, he works with BCU as a visiting tutor after several years as a visiting critic. He loves making things, whether it’s vintage bicycles, websites, wood turning, beautiful gardens or bespoke lighting – he believes there's no substitute to getting your hands dirty when you want to understand how something works.

Ollie Chapman

Saiman is currently completing his RIBA Pt.3 studies to qualify as an Architect at Birmingham City University and has completed both his Pt.1 & Pt.2 there. Previously he has worked on high value residential projects in Winchester and the Channel Islands. He also lived and worked in South Asia designing luxury leisure projects. He returned to Birmingham in 2015 and joined D5. He enjoys a mix of old and new Architecture and exploring the great outdoors with his family.

Saiman Miah
Architectural Assistant - Part III

"Nothing beats kindling a fire, immersed in nature, surrounded by the people you love."

Marina Strotz
Architectural Assistant - Part II

James started his career as an Architectural model maker, before moving to study for his RIBA Pt.1 at De Montfort University. He then returned to Birmingham to study at Birmingham City University for his RIBA Pt.2 and 3. He joined D5 in 2008 and specialises in private residential work taking great satisfaction from delivering bespoke design solutions for clients. On his days off he plays lead guitar in a band, enjoys mountain biking and spending time out and about with his wife and two young children.

James Livesey

Lia joined D5 in 2016 as an apprentice office administrator, a full time role, which forms part of her Business Administration studies at Birmingham Metropolitan College, Sutton Coldfield. When not working she loves Disney films, spending time with her family and she also loves spicy food.

Lia-Paige Jansons
Office Administrator

Jeremy joined D5 in 2016, after studying at Birmingham City University (RIBA Pt.1) and Westminster University (RIBA Pt.2) and completing a research thesis in Japan. Throughout his studies and professional career, Jeremy has developed an interest in how architecture operates across scales: from urban to detail level. He is experienced in Building Information Modeling and parametric design, and has an ongoing interest in Japanese contemporary architecture.

Jeremy Whall
Architectural Assistant - Part II

Phil has many years office management experience and thrives on day to day challenges that the modern business world brings. Phil believes in ensuring relationships both within and outside the office are maintained and enhanced to provide both an enjoyable working environment and a mutually rewarding business relationship. Phil believes in promoting a healthy work/life balance and enjoys life outside of work spending time with his wife and grown up children, enjoys walking with his rescue dog Charlie, sports, music and socialising.

Phil Russell
Office Manager

An enjoyable working environment to create mutually rewarding business relationships

Phil Russell
Office Manager

Gareth originally trained as a Ceramicist at St Martins College, London, before changing career and moving into Architecture in 2003. Gareth has been a Technician at a variety of practices in London and Birmingham and has recently returned to study the distant learning RIBA Architecture Part I course through Oxford Brookes University. He is committed to excellent quality drawn information and production packages through his extensive experience of Revit. He is also a keen cyclist and narrow boat enthusiast.

Gareth Owen
Architectural Technician

Join Us

Applicants should be highly motivated, be able to work within a team and have excellent design and communication skills. We aim for staff to be involved throughout the duration of a project to provide a sense of ownership for project staff and continuity of service to our clients.

We actively support part time student staff with a commitment to provide a range of experience and study tuition. We offer a range of benefits including paid RIBA & ARB subscriptions, and Part 1, 2 & 3 fees within a tailored salary.

Our office is an open and friendly working environment. Weekly whole office meetings provide a forum for debate and everyone is encouraged to comment on competitions and projects. Another area of much debate is the office play list with nearly all forms of music tolerated.

To be considered for vacancies at the practice, please send us your CV including examples of your work, by post or email (in pdf format).