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Isabel Pietri


  • Isabel Pietri is a Tutor in the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, where she teaches in Studio ADS5 with Christopher Dyvik and Max Kahlen. 

  • Biography

  • Isabel has been a key collaborator with Dyvik Kahlen, leading their UK projects since 2015. She has previously worked on major regeneration areas across London during her time at de Rijke Marsh Morgan as an Associate and core member of their residential design team. Previous experience includes work at Foster + Partners and Barkow Leibinger in Berlin, as well as construction workshops in concrete, slate and japanese joinery.

    Isabel graduated from the Architectural Association in London, receiving an RIBA Silver Medal Commendation and the Paul Davis + Partners award for her thesis project ‘Mies Immersion’, a mathematically derived underground archive exploring the legacy of Mies van der Rohe.

    Isabel teaches ADS5 with Christopher Dyvik and Max Kahlen on the theme of Ambiguous Architecture. She has been a guest critic at Cambridge University, Liverpool University School of Architecture and the Architectural Association.

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  • Practice

  • Isabel has been working with Dyvik Kahlen architects since 2015. In her role as Associate Director she contributes to the development of the office and leads projects including the recently completed West Green Place Nursery, as well as exhibitions at leading cultural institutions including ‘Engineering the World’, a retrospective on the work of Ove Arup at the Victoria & Albert Museum and most recently at the Danish Architecture Centre, ‘Graphics and Politics’ at the Design Museum, among others.

    Before joining Dyvik Kahlen, Isabel worked as an Associate at de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects. As a key member of their residential team Isabel contributed to a number of award winning residential projects in some of London’s major regeneration areas for over eight years including the BBC Television Centre, Phase One of Elephant & Castle regeneration, and the Kings Cross redevelopment. She led the practice’s research on floating housing, which was exhibited at the 2012 British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and was later developed into a speculative proposal for London’s Royal Docks, which later won the Mayor’s GLA Framework competition. 

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Selected work