Meet the team
At sixteen, after pulling a hamstring whilst training to be a dancer with the New York City Ballet, Dido turned her back on dance to take A-Levels in England. She studied architecture at Cambridge, studying under Eric Parry and David Dernie. Receiving a 1st class degree led to a scholarship at Harvard, studying under Rafael Moneo for the 1st year of RIBA part ll. She completed her formal education back at Kings College Cambridge under the tutelage of Peter Beard winning an ideas competition to design a Visitor Centre for Kings College Chapel. She was a RIBA bronze medallist nominee and won the Kings College GHW Rylands prize for Architecture.
After qualifying, Dido worked for Jestico and Whiles in Prague and later for Eric Parry Associates in London before joining Corrigan + Soundy + Kilaiditi Architects in 1995. She became an associate of the practice in 2000 and a partner of Corrigan + Soundy + Kilaiditi Architects in 2007. The founding partners retired in 2016 and the practice was relaunched as CSK Architects (Ltd), with Dido as one of three directors shaping a design studio specialising in bespoke, crafted buildings which have a real sense of ‘place and belonging’.
In her role as partner and director, she has been responsible for major Conservation projects at Eton College, The Mall Galleries and the Howard-de-Walden Estate.
Dido has also overseen projects in the medical sector with the design of a new doctor’s surgery in Dedworth and new Scanning Clinic in Ascot. She was project architect for Thorp Architectural Modelmakers which won local and regional design awards and is one of only ten buildings featured in the joint English Heritage and CABE publication ‘Buildings in Context.’
Dido is also a director of an affiliated research-based Practice, MPH Architects specialising in bio-renewable design. This practice has won an RIBA South-East Downlands Prize for the design of a new build house in Brick Lane and the practice is currently working with a grant from ‘Innovate UK’ in collaboration with commercial partners and leading universities to develop a new type of low-impact ‘negative carbon’ construction using solid cork. The findings of this research grant are due to be published this year, together with a prototype house which has been shortlisted for a RIBA 2019 award.
Dido sits on the local Design Review Panel and was the chair of the RIBA South-East Awards in 2017.