Architectural practice Powell Dobson Architects has unveiled a number of new positions and promotions.
There are two promotions in the education and public sector studio, with Charlotte Balcombe promoted to associate and Tracy Clarke to technical manager.
Balcombe has been with the practice for more than seven years, during which time she has been responsible for implementing many schools, higher education and commercial projects. She is currently project architect for the new Bassaleg Comprehensive School in Newport, where Powell Dobson’s managing director was a former pupil.
As well as being one of the firm’s STEM ambassadors, helping to encourage young people to join the industry, Balcombe is also currently a member of Women in Property in Wales.
Tracy Clarke first joined Powell Dobson in 2020. With a background in conservation architecture, she has extensive experience working on technically complex buildings. She is currently technical lead on the phase one Pentre Arwel project in Llanelli, while also undertaking a part time Masters of Design Administration at Cardiff University.
In the firm’s special projects studio, Dave Rossington is promoted to project architect. The studio is currently working on the new adventure resort within the Afan Valley and Dave Rossington is overseeing the holistic masterplan, while also taking on a lead design role on a number of the key buildings. He is currently chair of the Design Circle, sits on the RSAW Council and is also an RSAW student mentor.
As part of Powell Dobson’s push to drive its practice technology program, the firm has recently appointed Huw Rees to the role of head of digital technology. Rees has joined the practice from Hong Kong where he has worked for several years.
There have also been a number of promotions in Powell Dobson’s London studio. Rob Williams has been promoted to lead the studio as director following Tim Percival’s retirement from the practice in March 2022. Williams is an experienced architect with more than 14 years combined experience working for us in London and Cardiff.
To support Williams, Rebecca Wainwright has been promoted to senior architect, Gemma Stockwell to senior technologist and George Orishaguna to project technologist.
In Powell Dobson’s Swansea studio, Dan Phillips has been promoted to project technologist. Phillips joined the business in 2015, since when he has gained considerable technical experience on several of the studio’s key projects.
Ann-Marie Smale, managing director of Powell Dobson, said: “I am delighted to be able to share this fantastic news regarding our new appointments and promotions. Some of these staff have been a significant part of our practice for a very longtime and it is fantastic to be able to recognize their commitment to our business, whilst, at the same time, we are delighted that Huw chose to join the team at Powell Dobson.
“This is another great opportunity for us at Powell Dobson, building on our reputation as a client focused, design led, collaborative practice, as we continue to develop and shape a sustainable business for the future.”