Rory is a Chartered Architect and founder of Vine Architecture Studio. He studied architecture at Newcastle University and then went on to complete his diploma at the Architectural Association where he studied under Carlos Villanueva Brandt and was awarded the Henry Saxon Snell Scholarship. He became chartered after completing his professional qualification at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.
Before founding VINE Rory worked for Weston Williamson Architects where he worked extensively on Paddington Crossrail Station and the Victoria Station Upgrade for London Underground. Rory has experience working on residential, commercial, transport, public realm and arts projects.
As well as his experience as a practicing architect Rory has taught architecture at the Architectural Association, Cardiff University, and the University of East London. He has also been a guest critic at London Metropolitan University and is a mentor for final year students at Central St Martins.
Rory’s work has been exhibited and published internationally.
B. Arch, M. Arch
Palak graduated with a bachelors degree in Architecture from Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, University of Mumbai, where she received multiple awards for her design work. Subsequently, she attained a masters degree in Architecture from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London where she was awarded a distinction. Palak also travelled to Norway for an exchange programme with the Bergen School of Architecture.
Before joining VINE Palak has worked at RMA Architects (Mumbai + Boston) where she worked as an Associate on projects ranging from interior design and architecture to larger town planning schemes. She has also worked and led projects independently in India and has taught architecture at the KRVIA, Mumbai.
With a particular interest in design innovation through manufacturing technology, materials and detailing, Palak likes to look at conventional building processes through an altered lens. She often draws inspiration from artists and appreciates the rich expression between art and design.
Eliodoro graduated from the University of Ferrara, Italy, obtaining the highest grades available and is a Chartered Architect in both Italy and the UK. During his studies he was selected for the Erasmus exchange programme and spent a year in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Chalmers University. Since graduating he worked within practices and on his own on a variety of projects including new build and refurbishments in the UK, Italy and Peru.
Before joining VINE Eliodoro worked for Tonkin Liu Architects and Ben Adams Architects where he gained experience as project architect working on several notable architecture, landscape and art projects as well as multiple winning competition entries.
Eliodoro is passionate about the relationship between nature and architecture and the way buildings connect to the larger world. This is evident in his design work where he combines this way of thinking with his job running and project delivery experience.
Dip Arch, BSc (Hons)
Ben completed his diploma at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow having previously been awarded his undergraduate degree at Queens University Belfast. During his thesis year he set up a ‘pop up’ studio in a disused shop as a way of engaging and collaborating with the local community. He also, took part in live build projects in Peru, published articles about volunteering and exhibited his furniture design at the student wood awards in Dublin.
Before joining VINE Ben worked on mixed use tower projects in Abu Dhabi. Most recently he was based on the Island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides where he worked on variety of residential, cultural and infrastructural projects.
Ben has a particular interest in the social impact of design and endeavours to create elegant, simple solutions for challenging briefs that balance the needs of both client and end user. He plays an active role in internal design reviews and has an appreciation of well crafted spaces that promote wellbeing and harmonise with their surroundings.
Bac. Sc. Arch, M. Arch
Dominique graduated with a undergraduate degree in Architecture and subsequent masters degrees in Architecture (Heritage, Conservation and Restoration) and secondly in Urban Design from the École d’architecture de l’Université Laval, Quebec. During his studies he won two travel scholarships and entered a number of successful design competitions with his work being published internationally.
Before joining VINE Dominique has worked as a researcher for an interdisciplinary research group concerned with the suburbs of cities as well as on some public design installations funded by Quebec City Council.
With a passion for design across all scales, Dominique puts as much care and attention into furniture and product design as he does city scale urban proposals. He brings an inquisitive approach to projects and design reviews, often sketching and model making to convey his thoughts.
Charlotte graduated from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London with a Degree in Theatre Design. During her studies her particular focus centred around narrative environments, immersive, collaborative design, installations and exhibitions. Charlotte's work has featured in venues such as The Wellcome Collection and Roundhouse Theatre.
Before joining VINE, Charlotte gained comprehensive professional design, management, administration and production experience working for leading practices within the creative industry. As a studio manager with design training, she acts as an effective bridge of communication between client, design and production teams.
With a passion for design management and storytelling, Charlotte plays an active role in the growth and studio culture at VINE.