Dieter Kleiner

Dieter is a founding director of rcka.

As Design Director, Dieter has pursued the practice’s interest in community-led, inclusive architecture, urban design and placemaking. He was responsible for the recently completed RIBA National & Civic Trust award-winning TNG Youth and Community Centre for Lewisham Council, and currently heads up an £8m community development for Camden Council; requiring of him both exceptional design and stakeholder management skills.

Dieter has a broad range of experience of working with developer clients such as London & Quadrant Housing, Pocket Living and Balfour Beatty, and has successfully delivered high quality and cost-effective buildings across a range of scales and sectors. Stepping outside architectural norms, his work has involved project enablement, funding and strategy development for neighbourhood groups, and providing Local Authority asset assessment advice. His focus is to make things happen, by for example developing collaborations between regeneration teams and grass-roots groups. He recently helped four voluntary organisations form a charitable trust to take over a listed Victorian swimming baths, also advising on the business plan and managing complex client and stakeholder groups.

Dieter has been a visiting critic at the London Metropolitan and Kingston University Schools of Architecture and Urban Design, and in 2014 worked with Sheffield University on live rcka strategic development, placemaking & co-housing proposals for Lewisham Council.